At an altitude of 7,700 feet, Western's campus among the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Gunnison, is beautiful and inspiring- this valley is a destination for a different kind of lifestyle. You'll find many ways to test your limits in this breathtaking and rugged alpine playground. Our quaint mountain towns are safe and relaxing, and offer something for everyone. Crested Butte is known as Colorado's “last great ski town” and is the official Wildflower Capitol of Colorado not to mention it is only 30 miles from Western's campus. Only minutes from campus is some of the world's best powder for skiing, granite faces for bouldering and climbing, a whitewater park perfect for kayaking, and miles of trails to hike and mountain bike. At Western State College of Colorado, you will have an unmatchable opportunity to extend your academic experience beyond the classroom. Our environment in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is beautiful, inspiring and motivating.