Gunnison Valley Observatory



The Gunnison Valley Observatory is expanding our mission to provide education, stellar entertainment and exciting research opportunities right here in the Gunnison Valley.

Annually, the GVO typically hosts over 1300 visitors from the Gunnison Valley, around Colorado, across the United States and around the world, 4th grade students from Gunnison Elementary School, Cub Scouts, Lake City Middle and High School students, many Western State Colorado University (WSCU) astronomy students, and many more astronomy enthusiasts. We provide educational and entertaining lectures and programs, as well as viewing through the dome-housed 30” telescope and a variety of other smaller scopes.

And we’re not stopping there!

In 2014, we celebrated “First Light” in the Dr. Ted Violett Observatory (TVO), with the new WSCU telescope that was mounted by a generous donation in memory of Dr. Rodney and Anne Ash and others. The TVO enables WSCU students and other astronomy professionals to perform high-quality astronomy research projects. Exoplanet research is being currently conducted in the TVO.

But, we can’t do it without you!

The Gunnison Valley Observatory is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.  Your generous tax-free membership donation will help us continue this unique opportunity for residents, K-12 students, visitors, and Western State Colorado University students.

We are currently offering three types of yearly membership – Individual, Family and Donor. All three membership categories receive a membership card to prove that they are a supporting member. In addition, all three categories get free access to the Observatory any time the Observatory is open to the public without having to make an additional donation at the door. The Donor membership level also receives one free private party in addition to the above member privileges.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Gunnison Valley Observatory, please print the following Membership Application, fill it out and mail it along with you preferred payment method.

Membership Application

Carpe Noctem – Seize the Night