Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, West Elk Loop


There are many places  to cast your line  - The Gunnison, Uncompahgre and North Fork Rivers are an angler's paradise. The more than 300 lakes on Grand Mesa provide ample room to find your own favorite fishing hole.

The Gunnison River through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area provide over 30 miles of Gold Medal trout fishing.

As noted in 50 Best Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, by Chris Santella, The Gunnison will not disappoint. The June Stonefly Hatch in the Gunnison Gorge attracts anglers from around the world, but fishing is great all year round.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife for special regulations, more fishing information and reports.
2022 Fishing Guide


Whether big game, waterfowl, or anything in between, hunters love our area which includes The West Elk Wilderness - the fifth largest wilderness area in Colorado - located just outside of Crawford offers some of the best elk hunting in Colorado. Deer, antelope, bear and mountain lion are also plentiful here.

Crawford State Park boasts great waterfowl hunting.

Big game hunting outfitters and guides know the habitats and terrain for the most successful hunting expeditions.
If you need a guide or outfitter, see our Business Directory. 
Colorado Parks & Wildlife
2022 Hunting Guide



Young's Peak (C Hill)

This trail begins at the firehouse parking lot (1 ½ blocks east of the Crawford Community Church). The trail takes you to the top of Young’s Peak (known locally as “C” Hill) on the north side of town. This expedition is worth the 45 minutes to one hour that you will spend climbing.
The trail is somewhat steep and not always well marked, but rest your legs and lungs often and you will be handsomely rewarded for your effort. The view from the top is fantastic. 
Excellent vistas of Needle Rock and the West Elks to the east, the Crawford Reservoir and  jagged San Juan Mountains  to the South, and Utah to the West. Views are up to 75 miles!


Needle Rock

Needle Rock is a volcanic plug which originated as throat of a large volcano about 28 million years ago and stands 800' above the floor of the Smith Fork Valley.
Take Needle Rock Road in Crawford to the parking area on the south side of the spire where the trail begins.

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