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Tincup, Gunnison County, CO.

City, town or village County State Country Elevation
Tincup Gunnison County Colorado USA 10157 feet (3096 meters)

Latitude (DMS format) Longitude (DMS format) Map on which this town can be found
38° 45' 16"N 106° 28' 42"W Tincup

Tincup is located high in the scenic Rocky Mountains of eastern Gunnison County, near the Gunnison-Chaffee County line in central Colorado.

Origin of its unusual name
A 19th century prospector returned from the location of this future community with a tin cup filled with gold, thus giving the town its name.

Nearby towns:
Aspen, Colorado (to the northwest)
Leadville, Colorado (to the northeast)
Buena Vista, Colorado (to the east)
Crested Butte, Colorado (to the west)
Gunnison, Colorado (to the southwest)
Pitkin, Colorado (to the south)
Salida, Colorado (to the southeast)

Time Zone: Tincup, Colorado is in the Mountain Time Zone.

Over the years, points of interest in the region have included:
* Almont Triangle State Wildlife Area (west of Tincup, Colorado)
* Taylor River State Wildlife Area (west of Tincup, Colorado)
* Taylor Park Reservoir (west of Tincup, Colorado)
* Blue Mesa Reservoir (west of Gunnison, Colorado)
* The Angel of Shavano (southeast of Tincup, Colorado)
* San Isabel National Forest (east of Tincup, Colorado)
* Gunnison Whitewater Park (west of Gunnison, Colorado)
* Hartman Rocks Recreation Area (southwest of Gunnison, Colorado)
* Curecanti National Recreation Area (southwest of Gunnison, Colorado)
* Spring Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area (west of Tincup, Colorado)
* Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (west of Gunnison, Colorado)

The region is also home to a large number of ski areas, including the first-rate ski resorts at Aspen and Crested Butte. A trip to the area would be incomplete without a visit to one of the more than two dozen ghost towns that are within an easy drive of Tincup.

Recreational opportunities near Tincup, Colorado
Camping, boating, kayaking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, windsurfing, hunting, hiking, fishing, ice fishing, ice skating, dog sledding, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, photography, wildlife viewing, golfing, hot air ballooning, bird watching, ATV riding and horseback riding.

Wildlife found in the region
Deer, elk, bighorn sheep,
bear, bobcat, Ringtail Cat, mountain lion, antelope, moose, coyote, fox, marmot, weasel, rabbit, otter, beaver, mink, skunk, badger, squirrel, chipmunk, turkey, and prairie dog.

Anglers will find a variety of fish in area lakes and streams, including Kokanee Salmon, Brook, Brown, Cutthroat, Lake and Rainbow Trout.

Birding enthusiasts will find the area provides refuge for the blackbird, chickadee, crane, crow, dove, duck, eagle, falcon, finch, goose, gull, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, hawk, heron, kinglet, lark, magpie, meadowlark, nuthatch, owl, plover, robin, sandpiper, sparrow, starling, swan, swift, thrush, vireo, warbler, woodpecker, and the wren, among others.


U.S. map showing the location of Tincup, Colorado
U.S. map showing the location of Tincup, Colorado


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