After several years of discussing and creating the right approach for the community of Gunnison, Gunnison Rising has received annexation and all necessary local approvals to move forward with construction in 2021. It’s official!

“The right partners and an immediate need and desire for moderately priced housing in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley also have lined up,” says Gunnison Rising General Manager Ron Welborn. “There has been an influx of people of all ages to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley who are looking for a mid-sized mountain community with big outdoor recreation, great schools, amazing beauty and a friendly atmosphere. Opportunities to work remotely also have greatly increased. We started our construction in the Maker’s District and are kicking off the construction for residential in spring 2022 and already have builders reserving entire city blocks.”

Key to the master plan of the 633-acre development are architectural variety and traditional design, including a gridded block structure, sidewalks, street trees, buildings that face the street, and front porches to foster a strong sense of community. Sustainability also is a priority with features such as solar streetlights, walkable/bikeable neighborhoods, and plentiful open space and parks irrigated by non-potable water.


  • Approximately 1,700 new housing units that cater to a diverse range of household types: traditional single-family homes, spacious duplexes and triplexes, community-oriented cottage clusters, and multi-family buildings
  • Government Campus – Geared toward multiple government and corporate entities with an outdoor focus, along Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area
  • Total of 500,000 square feet of light industrial, retail and commercial space for small neighborhood shops, services, a coffee house, cafés and more
  • Maker’s spaces – A place for small-scale makers and tinkerers (e.g., ski makers, bike builders, brewers, distillers and creatives)
  • The Barn – A meeting and collaboration space for Gunnison Rising residents and the community
  • I-Bar Ranch – A concert/event venue that already exists and hosts live music, weddings and more
  • RV and camping park located along Highway 50 and Tomichi Creek State Wildlife Area
  • Adjacent to Western Colorado University and Tomichi Creek Wildlife Area
  • Easy walking/biking distance to downtown Gunnison
  • A system of trails that runs throughout Gunnison Rising and connects to other local trails
  • Close proximity to two ski resorts: Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Monarch Mountain

Photo: Gunnison Rising is bike-friendly and adjacent to Western Colorado University.

Courtesy TAPP/Danica Bona.