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Crawford is located well up in the foothills of the Gunnison range, one of the rugged ranges of the Rockies.  Crawford is situated in one of the most beautiful spots on the western slope.  The valleys between these hills reach far up into the mountains and each valley resents its own special charm and attractions for homes and ranches.  Crawford is located on the Smith fork of the Gunnison River along CO Highway 92.  Crawford is the home of Saddle Mountain, Needle Rock, Sleeping Indian, Castle Rock, Cathedral Peak, Lands’ End, and several other scenic points including the Crawford State Park.  Crawford is the home of many quaint locally owned businesses that you will want to visit.  Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, hardware stores, gift shops, coffee shops, and restaurants.  Legendary singer Joe Cocker was laid to rest in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Crawford.  When you leave town don’t forget to spend the day or camp at the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  The North Rim campground is remote and has 13 sites dispersed among pinyon and juniper trees.  While at the North Rim, you will see some of the most spectacular views imaginable.  The greatest depth is 2722 feet and the narrowest width is 40 feet. 

Crawford State Park


Crawford State Park is about 1 mile south of town. This park encompasses Crawford Reservoir which is known for its quality fishing, birding, water and winter activities. There are two campsites, Iron Creek and Clear Fork, which can accommodate tents, trailers, and campers. Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more information:


Image of Crawford State Park.

North Fork Valley Chamber of Commerce


Hotchkiss is the northwestern point of "The Golden Triangle" aka The North Fork Valley. For more information about the Valley and how old and new ways of life intersect please visit:  https://northforkvalley.net/


North Fork Vally Icon.


Needle Rock Natural Area


Needle Rock Natural area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The area features an 800 foot rock formation 3.5 miles northeast of town. For more information please visit:  https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/16723

Needle Rock in 2016.

West Elk Mountains


The West Elk Mountains lie primarily in the Gunnison National Forest. For more information please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Elk_Mountains


Whetstone Mountains in the West Elk Mountains.

North Rim of the Black Canyon


The North Rim is 11 miles Southwest of Crawford. It is a steep and deep walled gorge carved by the Gunnison River. For more information please visit: https://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/northrim.htm 

North Rim Image.