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Points of Interest

Crystal Mill

Kebler Pass

Crested Butte Historic District

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Gunnison Whitewater Park

Paonia State Park

West Elk Loop Scenic Byway




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Lake Irwin

Lake Irwin - Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Photo by Paul Winters
High Country Aerie

     Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest spreads over a million and a half acres covering some of the state’s most scenic mountain landscapes. Its signature Rocky Mountains are topped with snow capped peaks which remain during the summer, spawning clear mountain streams and feeding hundreds of alpine lakes. Camping, fishing, kayaking and hiking highlight a variety of recreation activities in this forestland.
     Fifty-four developed campsites dot the Gunnison National Forest area. Here at Lake Irwin, just a few miles from Crested Butte, a large campsite loop lies in the grandeur of the Ruby Range. This high elevation site snuggles up to the shores of Lake Irwin, set among a fragrant forest of spruce. In mid July, open meadows are blanketed in colorful fields of wildflowers. This 50 acre site is ideal for those yearning for a taste of the wild. Hand pumped water, no phone coverage, and the lack of shower facilities give a good idea of what this lakeside setting is all about.
     Gathering a large amount of votes for the prettiest site in the state, this view of Lake Irwin says the rest. Early in the year, the 30 acre lake offers anglers a chance at rainbows and cutthroats. You'll often see canoeists and kayakers cruising through the crystal waters, while casual hikers enjoy the mile and a half shoreline trail. It's easy to guess that the remainder of Lake Irwin's visitors just sit back and relax, taking in this marvelous view.

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