The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Wilderness is located in both Delta and Montrose Counties. Consisting of 62,844 acres, the National Conservation Area preserves diverse landscapes including desert shrub & sagebursh lowlands to rugged pinon-juniper covered slopes of the Gunnison Gorge. Within the NCA common animal species include: mule deer, elk, mountain lion, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, coyote, ringtail cat, small mammals, neo-tropical birds, raptors, chuckar,and river otter to name a few. The Gunnison River is designated a “Gold Medal Trout Fishery” by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, trout include rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Sensitive plant species include: Montrose penstemmon, Delta lomatium, Clay-loving wild buckwheat, Colorado hookless cactus, bald eagle, Gunnison sage-grouse, spotted bat, kit fox, and river otter.
Recreation includes horse back riding, mountain biking, motorcycle and four wheeler riding, and four wheel jeep travel. Consult the PDF links below and explore the different areas of the National Conservation Area. The second PDF is a trail system sap for: Flat Top, Peach Valley Recreation Area. Within the NCA there are many opportunities for camping, from wilderness, non-wilderness river camping, dispersed vehicle camping and day use recreation.