About

Almont resort lodge

Even with all the snow we get in the winter, there is still plenty of time to enjoy activities and relax.

Almont Resort is located at 8,026 feet in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado between Gunnison & Crested Butte. The East & Taylor Rivers meet outside our cabin doors to form the headwaters of the mighty Gunnison River. Our historic lodge and cabins were built at the turn of the century and have been recently remodeled to provide you with comfortable amenities. The main lodge has a full service restaurant, lounge, fly shop and our check-in desk. Most of our 15 cabins and 5 vacation homes are riverfront or very close to the water. We accommodate couples, families, corporate retreats and other larger groups.

Activities that start here on our 90 acre property include fishing, horseback riding, rafting and wildlife viewing. Other nearby activities include downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. Almont Resort is family-owned and operated in Almont, CO. and we’ve treated every customer like they were a part of our family. Other resorts may offer similar services, but our services come with a personal touch.

History

Almont was first known as Fisher, after founder Samuel C. Fisher, Almont started as a small way-station in 1879, where the Taylor and East Rivers met to form the Gunnison River. Fisher first arrived in the Gunnison Area and was hired as a freighter, transporting supplies from Gunnison to the Doctor Park Mine on Spring Creek. While traveling with his first load of supplies, he came to a not so safe toll-bridge, that cost $2 a team to cross the East River. Fisher saw how building his own toll-bridge could become a profitable venture in the current mining boom of the area. On his return trip from the Doctor Park Mine, he brought a load of cut lumber so to build a cabin where he and his wife, Carrie Fisher, planed to homestead.

In October of 1881, the D&RG Railroad arrived in Fisher and wanted to name the depot and post office. Fisher suggested the name of Almont, which was the name of a famous horse that was known all over the world as the leading Hambletonian Stallion of the century, of which his horse was an direct descendent of. Soon after, Almont gained a U. S. Post Office (now one of our cabins), and boasted a railroad depot which served as a gathering place for the miners in the region. In 1893, Vernon Davis purchased the property and turned it in to a summer resort. In 1899, Davis built a spacious mansion made of the native rock and called it the Marston Hotel. The resort became known for its excellent fishing and hunting.

The property and local area abound with history from the old mining and narrow gauge railroad days to the last of the great fish fries. In 1940, presidential nominee Wendell Wilkie, along with 10,000 guests, visited the Almont fish fry to kick off his campaign. In 1948 the Marston Hotel burned down on New Year's Eve and was rebuilt. Much of that structure is what makes up the Almont Resort today.

Almont historical photo