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Crawford State Park - Camping
Iron Creek Campground: 45 sites with electric & water hookups, hot showers & flush toilets. Dump station at campground entrance.
Clear Fork: 21 sites no hookups - Potable water, showers, toilets.
Located within the western edge of the West Elk Mountains. From Crawford take Dogwood Avenue east out of town. Dogwood turns into Needlerock Road. There is a BLM trail that rings it.
If you're staying overnight, camping may be available at Crawford State Park or check out Lodging in our Business Directory.
Needlerock is the remnant of a volcanic plug that pushed up through the crust and due to the hardness of the basalt from which it is made, has eroded significantly slower that the surrounding shale and sandstone. It originate as the throat of a large volcano about 28 million years ago and stands 800' above the floor of the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River Valley.
Black Canyon - Camping
South Rim: 88 sites and electricity, RV sites too!
North Rim: 13 sites, RVs ok.
East Portal: 15 sites.
Black Canyon - Fishing
The Gunnison River within Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is designated as Gold Medal Water & Wild Trout Water. Streams and rivers in Colorado are designated as Gold Medal Waters by the state wildlife commission because they provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout.
Black Canyon of the Gunnision
Black Canyon of the Gunnison exposes you to some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America. With two million years to work, the Gunnison River, along with the forces of weathering, has sculpted this vertical wilderness of rock, water, and sky. The North Rim is 11 miles southwest of Crawford. From Hwy 92, turn west on Black Canyon Road (3 miles south of Crawford) and follow the signs. The last 7 mile is unpaved & the road is closed in the winter.
Reaching nearly 8800 feet in elevation, McClure Pass is one of the most beautiful drives in Colorado from Carbondale over McClure Pass alongside the Paonia Reservoir.
Established in the 1880s and named for early pioneer Captain George Crawford, it is largely ranching and agriculturaly country. Home to Crawford State Park with a multitude of recreational opportunities.
West Elk Loop
West Elk Loop features some of Colorado's most majestic scenery. The quaint small towns along the route offer a slice of Colorado's rich history, varied lifestyles, and natural beauty. The route gives access to the White River and Gunnison National Forests, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Recreational Area, and Crawford and Paonia State Park.
Eagle Rock Shelter
The shelter, on Bureau of Land Management land at the north end of the Gunnison Gorge, is not well known to the public but it is the earliest site of human occupation in Colorado.
For more information regarding the archeological finds please visit: http://www.dargnet.org/new/eagle_rockpage.html
Eagle Rock Shelter
More than 8,000 years before the pyramids were built and about 11,000 years before the cliff houses went up at Mesa Verde, humans took up housekeeping under a rock overhang along the Gunnison River. From that prime piece of prehistoric real estate on a natural rock terrace, they hunted mice and grouse and gathered wild grains and seeds.
The museum reference library contains family histories, genealogies, obituaries, oral history tapes and school yearbooks.
The bookstore sells books about the history of the area some of which feature locat authors.
Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum
Located at the corner of Hotchkiss Avenue and 2nd Street, the museum features permanent exhibits of Southwest Indian artifacts, historic photographs, a replica of a 1900-ear general store, an old-time parlor & more.
The museum is open May - August on Friday - Sunday & September - April Saturday 1 pm - 4 pm. Special tours and visits by appointment call 970.872-3780