Why Arrowhead?

Why live in Arrowhead?

Arrowhead is unique in that it allows people to either build on a lot or camp on a lot. Many people install a driveway, water tap, electricity, and septic system so they can park an RV on their lots over the summer months. Due to heavy snowfalls, all temporary trailers, RVs, motor homes or campers must be removed each autumn.

Where is Arrowhead?

We are located on Colorado's Western Slope, about halfway between Gunnison and Montrose, five miles off Highway 50.

What is Arrowhead?

It's a high mountain community, nestled in groves of aspen and spruce interspersed with open meadows, four private lakes and beautiful mountain views.

What can I do at Arrowhead?

You can fish. Four lakes within the development are stocked each year with rainbow trout. Blue Mesa Reservoir is nearby!  You can hunt on adjacent BLM and National Forest lands--over one and one half million acres which are home to bear, elk and deer. You can watch the wildlife, including chipmunks, marmots, porcupines, beaver, deer, elk, and snowshoe hares. You can stroll along the filing roads or hike the San Juan Mountains. You can canoe on the lakes. You can ice fish and use your power boat on nearby Blue Mesa Reservoir. Nearby, guided horseback tours into the high country are available during the summer months. Or you can simply sit on your porch and savor the quiet and beauty.

What about winter sports?

For snow lovers, the cross country skiing and snowmobiling at Arrowhead are as good as can be found anywhere. A major snowmobile trail links Arrowhead with Lake City on the other side of the Alpine Plateau. Powder skiing is available at Crested Butte, only 65 miles away, and other major ski areas-Telluride, Powderhorn, and Monarch-are all less than 90 miles from Arrowhead.

What recreation facilities are nearby?

In addition to Blue Mesa Reservoir (at 26 miles long the largest in Colorado) which provides fishing, boating, and wind surfing, The Black Canyon of the Gunnison provides awesome views and thrilling rock climbing or hiking. The San Juan Mountains offer climbing, hiking, and magnificent four wheel drive trails. Montrose, Gunnison andCrested Butte have excellent golf courses.

Can I bring my horse?

Of course. The Arrowhead homeowners Association provides individual outdoor corrals where you can keep a horse. These are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge, but owners must feed and water their own horses and clean out the corrals after use.

Are the homesites really round?

Yes. Perfectly round homesites are plotted at Arrowhead, which allows 1500 acres of wooded common ground to wind its way between lots, protecting your privacy and seclusion. Each site is 3/4 acre or one acre in size.

Is there a minimum home or cabin size?

When you decide to build, your home or cabin must be at least 800 square feet on the ground floor, and its design must compliment the natural surroundings. The Design Review Committee must approve all building plans.

Will I need to drill a well?

They don't call them the 'Rocky' Mountains for nothing, so be thankful you don't need to drill a well. Arrowhead has a private, spring fed central water system. The water meets highest standards for potability. Because of the central water system, Arrowhead is unusual among mountain communities in being able to provide fire hydrants and a volunteer fire department.

What about utilities?

Arrowhead has underground power lines. The Gunnison REA was paid to bury over 17 miles of line so trees were not cut down and residents don't have to stare at poles and strung wires. Arrowhead received telephone service a few years ago, and there are local Internet providers in Montrose and Gunnison. Cabins heat using wood stoves, electricity, or propane, All homes must install septic tanks approved by Gunnison County.

Who maintains the roads?

The homeowners association, Arrowhead Improvements Association, is in the heavy equipment business. The bulk of your association dues pays for maintenance of the Alpine Plateau Road, the only all weather access road, during the winters, and for maintenance of all the filing roads during the summers. Filing roads are closed to automobile traffic in the winters, and transportation within the development is done by snowmobile. During the winter months the filing roads are groomed and kept in excellent condition for snowmobile traffic.

How is Arrowhead regulated?

The fixture of Arrowhead is guided by the Protective Covenants, which all owners agree to when they purchase a site. The Covenants and associated by-laws are administered and enforced through the Association Board, which is elected by site owners. These Covenants are designed to preserve the quality , beauty, and value of the land.  The Design Review Committee must approve all construction plans, driveways, tree removal, and other uses of sites.

Has Arrowhead been reviewed by HUD (Housing and Urban Development)?


Arrowhead Mountain Lodge.  Where can I find nearby accommodations for entertaining friends and relatives? , a privately owned bed & breakfast, is open year-round.  It is located within the heart of the community and provides meals, cocktails, and beautifully appointed rooms with fireplaces and private baths. The present rates include breakfast.

Where is the nearest airport?

Montrose and Gunnison offer commercial air service with several flights daily in and out of Denver. During ski season special flights to some major cities, such as Dallas and Chicago, are also offered. Grand Junction provides direct flights to Denver and Phoenix.

Can my friends use my Arrowhead property?

Arrowhead is a private, residential mountain community. You can lend your house to friends and relatives who will observe the Covenants and preserve the residential character of the development. Simply notify Security and obtain a guest pass from them so that they are informed. Fishing permits for guests can be obtained from Security.

Can I live at Arrowhead year round?

The Association plows the Alpine Plateau Road in the winter to the Association parking lot where year-round residents park their cars and climb on snowmobiles for the ride home. The number of year round residents has been gradually increasing each year. One winter at Arrowhead, and you'll have tales to tell your grandchildren.

What about medical emergencies?

The nearest hospitals are about 40 miles away, in either Gunnison or Montrose. 911 emergency service is now available. The Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department maintains a rescue sled to haul people out during winter emergencies. Members routinely hold classes in CPR and first aid, and the Fire Department has oxygen tanks available to residents in emergencies. However, Arrowhead is about 9500 feet in altitude and the life is naturally strenuous, especially during winters. Residents should be prepared to handle most medical emergencies themselves.

Arrowhead Community Website

www.arrowhead1.org    is the Arrowhead Improvement Association, the Homeowners Associations website, which is a wealth of information about the Arrowhead Community.  Here is where you will find the latest news , happenings & highlights of the Arrowhead Community and the people who enjoy calling Arrowhead "home" whether it be part-time or full-time living.
       There is a link to the "Smoke Signals" on-line publication which serves as our local newsletter.  Also links to the Regulations, Bylaws and Covenants.
New Owner Information  ~  Community News, Clubs and Knowledge  ~  Services Directory  ~  Current Weather Conditions & Cams  ~  Board Reports & Minutes  ~  Committees  ~  Design Review  ~  Security  ~   Fire Department.  

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