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EP – 15 Jesse’s Signature Takes

The historic mountain town of Almont is an unincorporated community between Gunnison and Crested Butte. It is located on highway 135, and is under 15 minutes away by car from the city of Gunnison and 20 minutes from Crested Butte. The town sits right at the area where the Taylor and East Rivers converge to form the headwaters of the Gunnison River. The town was originally named “Fisher” after founder Samuel C. Fisher, and was later on changed to Almont in 1881. Samuel Fisher allegedly named the town for Almont of Kentucky, the horse that sired his favorite stallion.[2] The Almont Post Office opened 1882.[4] In the late 19th century, ore used to be brought in from nearby mines to Almont, for shipment on the train to Gunnison. Eventually, the mining era reached its end, but Almont residents staid to enjoy the town’s peaceful, quiet atmosphere. Today, the area is a favorite location for many fishermen, boaters, and outdoor enthusiasts. There’s a plethora of exciting outdoor activities like camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, four-wheel driving, rafting and kayaking in the area. In Almont, there are two resorts and two wonderful restaurants, the Almont Resort and Three Rivers Resort with Smokehouse. In the greater Almont Area, there is Harmel’s Ranch Resort and Restaurant, The Nugget Cafe and the Taylor Park Marina. In regards to real estate, the Almont area covers 19 miles north to Taylor Park Reservoir. Traveling on County Road 742 along the Taylor River, you can enjoy the beautiful sights of the steep canyon walls. There are incredible homes all along the drive with the most coveted, bordering the Taylor River. And the most exclusive properties lie within the gates of Wilder on the Taylor and Crystal Creek neighborhoods. Taylor Park Reservoir is a stunning lake framed by the continental divide! You can rent a pontoon boat from Taylor Park Marina to fish or just motor around the lake. Just 7 miles from Almont is Spring Creek Canyon AKA County Road 744. This is where I grew up and where my parents still live. Spring Creek was well known back in the day for one of the first golf courses in the county. There was a cool little 9 hole, par 3 course. My parents were married on the third hole! The course closed shortly after Dos Rios opened in Gunnison. There also used to be several resorts in the area that families for many generations came for the summer and rented a cabin. Now all of those cabins have been subdivided and can be purchased individually. I have three of those cabins listed for $185,000 to $295,000. At the end of County Road 744 is the Spring Creek Reservoir that is a wonderful place for camping, fishing and exploring. Spring Creek is a super charming area in Almont. Prices in Almont Range from $50,000 for small vacant lots or mining claims to $4 million for custom homes on the Taylor River with exclusive fishing access. The Almont area also covers north on Highway 135 to the Danni Ranch, Round Mountain Ranch and Roaring Judy Ranch. These areas offer 35 acre home sites either mountain side or on the East River. Things to keep in mind when considering real estate in Almont is that there is no central sewer and water systems. All of the homes have their own wells and septic systems. The closest grocery stores are in either Gunnison or Crested Butte. There is no city government, all properties either fall into Gunnison County Zoning or a Homeowners Association. Because the canyons on County road 744 and 742 are steep, the county has strict policies on new buildings for rockfall mitigation. Almont is the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for peace and quiet but easy access to all of the restaurants, skiing and culture Gunnison County has to offer.