Directions to Lower Gunnison River
(Black Canyon of the Gunnison)


To get to Olathe from...



Denver:Take HWY 285 to Poncha Springs/Salida; turn west onto HWY 50. When you reach Olathe, take Carnation Road or Falcon Road to the river.

An alternate route from Denver is to take I-70 west to exit 195 (the Leadville exit). At the exit, take HWY 91 south to Leadville where you will catch HWY 24 east (this eventually becomes HWY 285 south). Stay on this road until you reach Poncha Springs/Salida. Turn west onto HWY 50. When you reach Olathe, take Carnation Road or Falcon Road to the river.

Colorado Springs: Take HWY 24 west to HWY 285. Go south on HWY 285 until you can turn west onto HWY 50. When you reach Olathe, take Carnation Road or Falcon Road to the river.

You can also take HWY 115 south to Canyon City, where you can access HWY 50 westbound. When you reach Olathe, take Carnation Road or Falcon Road to the river.

Grand Junction: Take HWY 50 eastbound to Olathe. When you reach Olathe, take Carnation Road or Falcon Road to the river.