Gothic Science and History Tours


Enjoy a beautiful walk through Gothic, an 1880s mining town turned scientific field station in 1928.  We invite you to explore the world of field scientists and learn how they have used the Gunnison Valley to understand our world for the last 90 years.

Barclay Cabin-Photo by Samantha Siegfried

Each tour includes light to moderate hiking as you follow your interpretive guide up the winding footpaths of the Gothic town site to research meadows, forests and streams. Tours are for adults (and for kids age 12 and over with an adult). We offer two 1-hour tours each day starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., $15 per person. We also a free 15 minute interpretive presentation at 1 p.m. daily.

Please consider bringing a small day pack, drinking water, snack, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain jacket, and sturdy footwear. For your comfort we recommend wearing light colored clothing, a long-sleeved cotton shirt and pants. Walking poles, journals, cameras, and binoculars are also encouraged. Science Tours are considered moderate walking tours on gravel roads and dirt paths.

Tours meet at the Gothic Visitor Center. If you drive up to Gothic, you may park in front of the Visitor Center or along the county road.  Please consider riding the free Mountain Express bus!

Register and pay for tours on site, please arrive 15-20 minutes before the tour starts. Groups of 8 or more should call ahead. For questions, please email or phone our Visitor Center at 970-349-7156.