Basecamp Gunnison

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Located in Central Colorado the county of Gunnison was named for the military explorer John W. Gunnison. Looking for a transcontinental railroad route, Gunnison’s expedition passed through the area in 1853. Exploration took place between the 38th and 39th parallels, with the party leaving St. Louis in June of 1853. By September the survey party had crested the continental divide over Chchetopa Pass and traveled down the watershed into the valley which would later be named after Gunnison. The survey didn’t yield a transcontinental rail route, instead it added to the information base about the area. Within 30 years the Ute Indians would be removed from Central Colorado, followed by waves of hard rock miners looking for metals, the railroad and cattlemen. Historically, Gunnison is one of the coldest areas in the continental United States. January lows can register -6.2 F (-21.2 C) with highs in the middle 20’s (-3 C). Summer temperatures can range from the low 40’s (5.9-5 C) with highs in the 70’s (middle 20’s C). Gunnison makes the perfect basecamp for four season outdoor recreation.
 

 
 
Chance of Rain
Thursday
03/21 60%
Chance of Rain
Partly cloudy this morning. Increasing clouds with periods of showers this afternoon. High 37F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Overcast
Friday
03/22 20%
Overcast
Overcast. High 32F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
03/23 10%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 38F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
03/24 10%
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 37F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
 

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