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Van Tuyl Loop

Crested Butte



An easy but incredibly-scenic gravel path on the outskirts of Gunnison.

Trail Running Easy

5 km
18 m
18 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.4 km
Van Tuyl Loop Map

The Van Tuyl Loop is one of the most easily-accessible greenspaces adjacent to the town of Gunnison. This wide gravel path creates a gorgeous 3-mile loop around Van Tuyl Ranch. The trail can be accessed from the marked trailhead or via several points on the southern edge of the loop.


As a trail run, this trail is exceedingly easy and mellow, but it still provides a delightful dose of nature. All manner of birds live along this path, and at certain times of day, you can see other wildlife, such as deer, foxes, and moose. At points, the Van Tuyl trail comes very close to the rushing Gunnison River, and in the spring, the ranch fields will sometimes flood, turning into a marshy wetland. Of course, you'll also often spot cattle grazing in these pastures.

While the Van Tuyl Trail is a quick run by itself, many locals will runde here directly from their houses to create a longer route. This beautiful ranch on the edge of town provides a welcome destination for runners, even if it contains only part of the route. Combining neighborhood miles with 3 miles of scenic gravel path can make for a great after-work outing.

However you choose to experience the Van Tuyl Loop, you're guaranteed a beautiful and enjoyable ride!



Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between May and November

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