Crested Butte Summer & Fall Activity Guide

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Take a deep breath.  The crisp, clear mountain air fills your lungs.  The sun warms your skin.  The sweet scent of wildflowers can be detected.  It’s time to play outdoors.  This is a typical scenario you’ll be greeted with on Crested Butte summer days.  The question is how should you best enjoy this mountain paradise?  Luckily, we can help you get started.  Just click on a link below to jump to that activity or scroll down:



Road & Mountain Biking

There are hundreds of miles of dirt and pavement worth exploring around Crested Butte and the surrounding mountains.  If you’re a roadie, the options are a bit more limited, but the views are just as rewarding.  Keep in mind it may be worth it to rent a mountain bike, just to see what all the fuss is about.  This is after all, one of the best, if not the most scenic mountain bike areas in the country.  Local bike shops and guides can also be a tremendous help for discovering some hidden gems and picking up some trail maps.

Bike Rentals and Shops: Click Here

Road Bike Guide: Click Here

Mountain Bike Trails & Conditions:

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: Click Here

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Hiking & Mountaineering

With millions of acres of public land and hundreds of trails to choose from, exploring new and soul-lifting scenery every time you step outside is easy here.  There are great trails for every age and ability level.  The hard part is deciding which adventure to take.  Guide Services:

Hiking and Trail Guide: Click Here

Crested Butte Mountain Guides
218 Maroon Ave | Crested Butte, CO 81224 | Map
(970)-349-5430 |

Colorado Backcountry
(970)-349-0800 |



Crested Butte’s epic hiking mountain bike and trails also make it idyllic for runners.  The athletic community here is strong, only surpassed by the camaraderie in welcoming all levels of participants and a desire to keep it casual and fun.  Guide Services:

2014 Runs & Races: Click Here

Crested Butte Mountain Runners Club & Schedule: Click Here 
Director: Martin Catmur | (970)-349-5326



Wake up in the cool, pine scented air tinged with the smoky remnants of your campfire.  There is nothing like unplugging and escaping the noise and chaos of modern life.  Choose how you spend your outdoor vacation with options ranging from off-the-grid camping to modern sites with convenient amenities.  Keep in mind, some of the established campgrounds fill up on holiday weekends.  Check with the BLM and Forest Service local office (970)- 641-0471 Mon – Fri: 9 – 5, to reserve some campsites before arriving.


Camping Guide: Coming Soon! 

Scenic Drives

Enjoy the stunning vistas from the comfort of your own car.  Taking a drive can allow you to catch more colors, views, and scenery if your stay is brief.  4 wheel drive is not required for any of these trips, but cameras are certainly recommended.  Keep in mind many of these routes are closed in the winter and if you venture off the beaten path, the road may get increasing rough.

Scenic Driving Guide: 5 Best Fall Foliage Drives 



The Club at Crested Butte features the only golf course in town (there’s another in nearby Gunnison).  Who wouldn’t want to tee off surrounded by the unobscured dramatic peaks of the valley?  This course is also rated one of the best in the country and the “Best Mountain Golf Course” in Colorado by Mountain Golf Magazine.

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Horseback Riding

Become a cowboy or cowgirl for an hour, a day, or even overnight with Crested Butte horseback rides that hearken back to the days of the old west.  From the saddle, take in beautiful mountain wilderness and visit trails inaccessible to motorized vehicles.  Equestrian activities start around $40-$60 per person for shorter rides.

Fantasy Ranch
935 Gothic Rd | Crested Butte, CO 81224 | Map
(888)-688-3488 |

Harmel’s Ranch
6748 County Road 742 | Almont, CO 81210 | Map
(800)-235-3402 |



Just casting a line in this peaceful mountain wilderness would be enough to make a memorable vacation.  However, when you add in some of the best trout fishing in the world, there is no better place to spend the day.  Nearby mountain streams and lakes offer great catches in the summer with Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Cutthroat varieties of trout.  For area fishing maps, visit the Bureau of Land Management.  There are many professional guides to help you along the way who can provide a meal, transportation, and their expertise as well:

Dragonfly Anglers
307 Elk Ave | Crested Butte, CO 81224 | Map
(800)-491-3079 |

Crested Butte Angler
413 Elk Ave | Crested Butte, CO 81224 | Map
(970)-209-6555 |

Willowfly Anglers
130 County Road 742 | Almont, CO 81210 | Map
(888)-761-3474 |

Almont Anglers
10209 Hwy 135 | Almont, CO 81210 | Map
(970)-641-7404 |



The Elk mountain range’s namesake is prized in the area along with deer and wild turkey.  Hiring a local hunting outfitter is recommended for their expertise, for permitting, and they can even help with hiring a local meat packer to process your game.  Many hunting areas are also not accessible by motorized vehicles, so plan on other means to get there.  Gunnison National Forest and other nearby ranges access the following game management units: 53, 54, 55, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 551.  For more information on hunting areas, seasons, regulations, and license applications, check out the Colorado Department of Wildlife.  Local hunting outfitters:

Lazy F-Bar Ranch
PO Box 7089 | Gunnison, CO 81230 (970)-641-3313 |

Quaking Aspen Outfitters
PO Box 485 | Gunnison, CO 81230 (970)-641-0529 |

Tenderfoot Outfitters
PO Box 246 | Gunnison, CO 81230 (800)-641-0504 |

CB Motorsports (ATV rentals)
(970)-209-6720 |


Rock Climbing

Test your skill on the 28ft auto-belay Climbing Pinnacle in Mt. Crested Butte’s Adventure Park or venture out for the real thing on the nearby peaks and canyon walls.  Taylor Canyon, only a 25 minute drive away near Almont, offers some excellent half pitch routes.  As always, there area also plenty of guides to help you along the way by providing gear, belaying, and instruction:

Crested Butte Mountain Guides
218 Maroon Ave | Crested Butte, CO 81224 | Map
(970)-349-5430 |

Scenic River Tours, Inc.
703 West Tomichi Ave | Gunnison, CO 81230 | Map
(970)-641-3131 |


Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

The Taylor River, only a 25 minute drive away offers the closest rafting to Crested Butte.  This fast and technical whitewater delivers fantastic canyon scenery and memorable experiences.  The Gunnison River also provides plenty of fun for all enthusiast levels including a new whitewater park to test your skills and have some fun.  Guides and outfitters can accommodate large groups as well as kayakers:

Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting
130 County Road 742 | Almont, CO 81210 | Map
(888)-761-3474 |

Scenic River Tours, Inc.
703 West Tomichi Ave | Gunnison, CO 81230 | Map
(970)-641-3131 |



Both public and private courts are available for you to get in some serves and volleys.  Public courts are available at no charge on a first come, first served basis apart from days when there are clinics (In town Tues/Thurs midday, Wed mornings).  The Club at Crested Butte also offers year-round tennis with indoor and outdoor courts (court fees apply).

Crested Butte Courts
Elk Ave & 6th St | Map

Mt. Crested Butte Courts
911 Gothic Road | Map

The Club at Crested Butte
385 Country Club Drive  | Crested Butte, CO 81224| Map
(970)-349-6127 |

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Disc Golf

There are 2 courses to hit while you’re in town.  The Big Mine course is located in town off of 2nd and Whiterock by the Nordic Center.  There is also an epic 18 hole course on Mt. Crested Butte that starts at the top of Red Lady lift called Ten-Three at CB.  The Professional Disc Golf Assocation called it “spectacular”, with “breathtaking views”.  Pay for a lift ticket, hike, or ride free on Twilight Fridays (end of June – end of Aug) in the summer.

Big Mine Disc Course | Map

Ten-Three @ CB | Map


Yoga for the Peaceful is a green, grassroots community studio at the end of Elk Avenue dedicated to providing many different styles of yoga to all types of people. They offer talented and soulful teachers, inspirational workshops, local and global retreats, and a 200-Hour Prana Vinyasa Teacher Training program through Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. Located in the studio is a boutique, featuring unique and high quality yoga lifestyle products from eco-conscious companies, that is open before and after classes. This family owned business is dedicated to providing YOGA FOR EVERYONE!

Yoga for the Peaceful
120 Elk Ave | Crested Butte, CO 81224 | Map
(970)-349-0302 |


ATV/Off Road

Mining roads from the late 19th and early 20th century make Crested Butte an awesome destination for off-roading, dirt bikes and ATVs.  Many roads will take you over 12,000 foot mountain passes and through historical camps.  Be sure to check road conditions in advance to avoid getting turned around by snow drifts and downed trees.  A couple of great options to consider include Schofield Pass, which offers awesome views of the Gothic Natural Area and Pearl Pass,which will take you to Aspen through wildflowers, boulder fields, and steep climbs.  Guides and rentals are available as well:

Off Road Driving Guide: Coming Soon!

CB Motorsports (ATV rentals)
(970)-209-6720 |

Colorado Adventure Rentals
PO Box 253 | Almont, CO 81210 (877)-641-3525 |

Water Wheel Inn
37478 W. Hwy 50 | Gunnison, CO 81230 | Map
(800)-642-1650 |


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