The story of the Esty Ranch is as much a part of the Colorado legend as is the town of Gunnison. Both were formed at the same time by the original pioneering settlers. Esty Ranch is listed as a Colorado Centennial Farm by the Colorado Historical Society, Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.
Located in the scenic Colorado Rockies, the Gunnison area was once famous for mining operations, including gold, silver, marble, coal, uranium and molybdenum. It is also famous for having some of the best hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and boating (Blue Mesa Lake) in the entire United States.