Gunnison River

Conserving rare habitat within a new National Conservation Area.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has designated this lower reach of the Gunnison as critical habitat for four species of Endangered warm-water fish. (Photo by Russ Schnitzer)

Western Rivers Conservancy's work on the Gunnison prevented a gravel mine on the banks of the river at the northern entrance to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. (Photo by Russ Schnitzer)

With its spectacular scenery and dramatic cliffs that tower over the river, the lower Gunnison is a popular destination for boaters. WRC's work on the lower river provides access to lands adjacent to the Gunnison that have been previously off limits. (Photo by Richard Durnan)

Bonytail chub are one of four species of Endangered warm-water fish that inhabit the lower Gunnison River. (Photo by USFWS)

The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, which borders WRC's acquisitions on the Gunnison, is home to rich archeological sites. (Photo by Richard Durnan)

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are common along the lower Gunnison River. (Photo by Nathan Ward)

After flowing through some of the country's deepest gorges, the Gunnison River widens and slows as it winds across the Uncompahgre Plateau before joining the Colorado River. (Photo by Nathan Ward)

Canoeists float the lower Gunnison River. (Photo by Richard Durnan)

Carving away at the Colorado Plateau for over two million years, the Gunnison River is one fo the West's great geologic sculptors. (Photo by Richard Durnan)