Gunnison, home to Western State College, serves as a great basecamp for exploring the abundance of outdoor attractions to be found in all four directions. Head east and you'll arrive at the top of Monarch Pass and the start of the infamous Monarch Crest Trail (see under Pagosa Springs / Salida). Head north from town and you'll end up in Crested Butte, mountain biking capital of Colorado. Go west and the valley drops away into the Curecanti National Recreation Area and Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado's largest man-made lake, perfect for boating, sailing, and fishing. Of course, one needs not head out of town for good riding. Just south of town is the Hartman Rocks Area, a moonscape of odd rock formations in the high desert where the annual Rage in the Sage race is held.