Year round, these quaint towns provide the perfect setting for adventures of all kinds. Whether you’re visiting to ski, shop or dine, every experience is sure to be memorable. Crested Butte, Gunnison and Almont are just a few of the remaining authentic Colorado mountain towns, filled to the brim with soul and charm.
In addition to the Taylor River and meandering fly fishing streams in the Wilder meadow, there is a wide variety of waters to explore. These include fishing the Gunnison River, as well as 13 miles of prime gold medal water in the Black Canyon, which is touted as one of the top rivers in the lower 48. Opportunity abounds to chase after the famous Kokanee Salmon in the East River and to fish for large Lake Trout and Northern Pike in the Blue Mesa and Taylor Reservoirs.
Wilder on the Taylor offers some of the most exciting pursuits for elk hunting in North America. No matter if by bow or barrel, you will have literally thousands of elk to pursue.
“I have hunted elk my whole life, and during that time I have hunted in the Matchless area North and East of the Wilder property. The area around the Taylor River is large, steep country with great elk habitat because the area has everything they need in terms of food, water and lots of security cover, which allows them to grow very large. The importance of private access to the hunting areas cannot be understated. Gunnison National Forest far exceeds most national forests and all other states in terms of the total population of elk.”
Roger Cesario – Elk and Fly Fishing Guide
Crested Butte Mountain Resort—voted best steeps, best groomed corduroy and best snow in Colorado—is less than 45 minutes away from Wilder during ski season and 25 minutes during warmer months. Also right around the corner is The Crested Butte Nordic Center, offering 35 kilometers of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing as well as snowshoeing.
Listing all the hiking trails throughout Wilder is a daunting task. Suffice it to say that Wilder gives you access to every type and variation of hiking trail that Colorado has to offer. Surrounded by nearly two million acres of public land, the possibilities for outdoor adventures are unlimited.
Taylor River Road, which runs through Wilder, is home to some of Colorado’s favorite climbing spots. This area offers challenging rock faces right off the road, which lures both beginners and expert climbers.
WORKING AT THE RANCH
At Wilder, try your hand at working cattle on this historic ranch. During warmer months the ranch is home to a herd of steers that you and your horse can track, learn to cut, and ultimately ranch pen.
At Wilder you have the opportunity to ride some of the finest trails in the West.
“Wilder on the Taylor is unique in that it is centrally located in the heart of the Gunnison National Forest. Property owners can take advantage of a network of trails that encompass 96,000 acres in the Spring Creek area. Each horseback outing will be a new and personal experience.
A range of different rides exists for the beginner to the advanced. The Almont Triangle is a gentle ride that offers spectacular views of Crested Butte and the ranch from high up above. The Doctor’s Park ride is in the backcountry with an elevation of 9,500 feet. The views on this ride are snow-capped peaks above the clouds. It is truly a spiritual experience. This ride takes you through high grassy meadows with abundant wildlife such as elk and deer. Wildflowers including Colorado Columbine, Indian Paintbrush and Larkspur make this a memorable outing.”
Don Sabrowski – Ranch Manager
Home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, the surrounding area in and around Wilder can conservatively be described as some of the best mountain biking in the world. Endless single tracks through stunning scenery and a perfect climate all contribute to the classification of this town as the mountain bike capital of the country.
The surrounding areas of Wilder, Crested Butte and the Gunnison National Forest offer hundreds of miles of bike trails that accommodate all levels of riding. Crested Butte is believed to be the birthplace of mountain biking and draws a large community of athletes and enthusiasts.
Wilder on the Taylor also offers close proximity to The Club at Crested Butte. Aside from an absolutely stunning view over the area, The Club’s 18-holes are notable for being designed by world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II.