9 Things You Must Do On Your First Crested Butte Visit


You might be planning a trip to the Butte in the near future. You may have already visited, but are feeling a big empty hole in your life ever since you left. Either way, make note of this list for the next time you are lucky enough to find yourself taking in these sights. Though some activities change depending on the season, this list is good year ’round. But if you’re here during the winter and are an avid skier, you definitely have to check out Crested Butte’s locally owned ski manufacturer, Romp Skis. They create sweet, custom made skis based on your skiing style and a personal consultation. They’re the best tools for handling Crested Butte Mountain Resort!

1. Breathe

No, seriously. Step away from the vehicle. Get outside and take a few deeeeep breaths. Our fresh mountain air doesn’t get much better anywhere in this country. Far from the crowded cities, and far from any industrial center, we could probably bottle and sell the air up here.

Washington Gulch 12/3

2. Get a lift

Though you may see some hitchhikers, or be one yourself, the Silver Queen lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort will take you up to 11,875 ft with grand views of the valley, surrounding peaks, and the town of Crested Butte.

3. Coffee (or tea)

Caffeine addicts rejoice! Some of the best coffee beverages in the state can be found in this little town including two shops that roast their own beans right here. Check out this full list of coffee & tea shops.

4. Stroll down Elk Ave

stroll  (strl)
-To go for a leisurely walk

When was the last time you did this? Not for exercise or to get somewhere, but to just breathe and take in the sights. Crested Butte is an extremely pedestrian friendly town with historical buildings, mountain views, and plenty of places to stop in and visit. Most of the town’s shops and restaurants are on this street and all are locally owned and operated. One of our favorite shops is Chopwood Mercantile, with a curated selection of awesome mountain gear and apparel, and the owners, Travis and Lisa, love helping visitors get the most out of their trip with insider knowledge.

Elk Ave

5. Listen to Good Tunes

There is live music year-round in the Butte. Both Alpenglow concerts in the town of Crested Butte, and the Mt. CB summer concert series up on the mountain are perfect outdoor venues for the whole family. Grab a blanket, have a picnic, and enjoy the live music all summer long. If you’re visiting in the winter, check out the Center for the Arts notable music lineup, with nation wide talent and a great indoor venue, this is a great way to spend an evening in CB!

Center for the arts

6. Hike or Snowshoe

Crested Butte lies close to the heart of the Elk Mountain Range in the Colorado Rockies. Wildflowers dominate the summer, golden aspens in the fall, and serene snowscapes in the winter. There are trails close to town for all ability levels. You owe it to yourself to leave your worries behind and escape into the wilderness.


7. Dine Out

This was probably already on the itinerary, but it still surprises us how much great food is available in a town this size. Choose from pretty much any cuisine and be delighted. This complete dining guide will help narrow down the choices, but for one of our favorites, check out Django’s for delectable and intentionally sourced small plates, and seasonal, share-worthy bites, now on Elk Avenue. Feel like staying in? You can get easy heat-and-serve family meals prepared for busy weeknights from Django’s, with new menu’s released every Sunday, its amazing food, made easier.


8. Bike

Summer and fall mountain biking is world class and usually on peoples’ bucket lists. Winter now offers the allure of fat biking on snow. Townies can be seen and ridden year-round. Road cyclists are in for a treat as well! Bring your own or easily rent your favorite velocipede at Big Al’s on Elk Avenue.


9. Watch the Snow Fall

When the snow is coming down outside, we find a sense of calm and coziness, and get to enjoy the sheer magic of the season. Whether you’re watching the kids sledding, or casually tossing snowballs, or slashing into powder at the resort, you really just have to pause and appreciate how special it is to watch a storm roll through Crested Butte. One of our favorite spots to enjoy the snowfall is around Elevation Hotel’s fire pit, overlooking the Red Lady Lift, complete with a s’more in hand. Bonus: Get up to 50% off lodging at Elevation Hotel with code MKTEXC.


Bonus: Take a Load Off

fullsizerender-2You’re on vacation right? Check out a Spa or massage. Read a book. Chill out. Crested Butte is the perfect place to unwind, find a little peace and quiet, and marvel at the perfection of this little paradise.

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