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Chains include a Best Western Red Arrow Motor Inn, 1702 E. Main St. (tel. 800/468-9323 or 970/249-9641), with rates for two from $65 to $130; Comfort Inn, 2100 E. Main St. (tel. 800/424-6423 or 970/240-8000), with double rates from $69 to $129; Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1391 S. Townsend Ave. (tel. 800/550-9252 or 970/240-1800), with rates for two from $129 to $139; and Quality Inn & Suites, 2751 Commercial Way (tel. 800/424-6423 or 970/249-1011), with double rates from $79 to $139. Rates here are usually highest in July and August, and lowest November through April. Room tax is about 8.5%.

Camping

In addition to the campgrounds in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park discussed below, I recommend the Hangin' Tree R.V. Park at 17250 U.S. 550 S. (tel. 970/252-7191), with rates from $18 (tent) to $21 (RVs). Conveniently located within walking distance of Chipeta Lakes and open year-round, the Hangin' Tree has a store and very clean bathhouses.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.