On one of the last trips that Mother, David and I took together, we decided that we would spend the Gunnison portion of our trip camped at the Three Rivers Resort in Almont. It was a slightly more primitive camping experience than our usual Gunnison KOA location, but the resort situated at the confluence of three rivers (Gunnison, Taylor and East Rivers) was irresistible. It was a spot favored by fishermen and my primary memories of the place were the sound of the rushing waters, the smell of fish and the really peculiar configuration of the building housing the restrooms/showers. We loved the scenery, but the amenities left a lot to be desired.
Things have changed a lot in the intervening twenty years. The resort has grown into a cluster of very nice cabins with only a few spaces for RVs at the back end of the property. The store now has the basic necessities as well as a large selection of gifts and the inevitable fishing gear. They have added a restaurant, cell service is strong and there's free WiFi (flaky and finicky WiFi, but that it exists at all out in the remote area is remarkable). We spent three nights in a two bedroom cabin that not only had its own bathroom(!), but also a full kitchen, a screened sleeping porch and a deck overlooking the Taylor River and equipped with a very clean and functional hot tub.
It did not take us long to decide that we would love to magically transfer that cabin to a lot in the Hill Country where we could spend every weekend. In fact the cabins are for sale to those folks who like to spend the summer months in the mountains. If the internet reception was a little more reliable, it would be tempting to set up shop there and work remotely from June through September. The nights were cool, the scenery was unbeatable, the wildlife was fascinating, Gunnison is just 10 minutes down the highway and has everything you could possibly need, and Crested Butte is just 10 minutes up the highway and has everything you don't need but can't resist.
For some reason I was so wrapped up in the enjoyment of modern camping that I failed to get photos of the cabin until the morning we left. I was racing around at 5:30 a.m. snapping photos, so these are a bit dark, but hopefully you can see a bit of the charm of the place.
|Cabin No. 18, Three Rivers Resort, Almont, Colorado|
|The cabin sits on the edge of Taylor River|
|The private vanity provided in each room|
|The living room area. There was even TV service.|
|David peering out of the kitchen. |
Everything was provided from microwave to stove to
toaster, to coffee maker, to fridge, to dishes and
|The screened in porch|
|We preferred to dine al fresco on the deck.|
Gunnison was always our favorite area of Colorado and it remains so. I love Ouray and Durango and all points in between, but it is always Gunnison where I feel most at home and relaxes me the most.
I had intended to cover Crested Butte next, but I decided that Three Rivers Resort deserved its own post. We had a marvelous stay and I'll be remembering Three Rivers with great pleasure for a long time to come.