9 Things You Must Do On Your First Crested Butte Visit

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Thinking about planning a trip to the Butte this summer? These are our most recommended things to do once you get here. Make note of this list for the next time you are lucky enough to find yourself taking in these sights.

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1. Breathe

Get outside and take a few deep 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.

2. Activities at CBMR

The obvious choice during winter is skiing or snowboarding. Summer time offers lift-served downhill biking and rides up to hike the summit area. Between those and Adventure Park activities at Crested Butte Mountain Resort there’s something for every ability and age level to be found here.

3. Festivals

Summer and Fall are packed with special events celebrating food, drink, music, art, sport, and nature that can only be experienced here in the high Rockies. There’s also a Farmers Market every Sunday from 9am – 2pm on the west end of Elk Ave. Some upcoming events:

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. 

5. Listen to Good Tunes

There is live music year-round in the Butte. The Center for the Arts puts on Alpenglow concerts in the town of Crested Butte on Monday evenings. The ski resort puts on their Mt. CB summer concert series up on the mountain. Both are perfect outdoor venues for the whole family and FREE. Grab a blanket, have a picnic, and enjoy the live music all summer long.

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. Be sure to check out CB’s newest eatery Tin Cup Pasty seen below.

8. Bike

Bring your own or easily rent, demo, or buy your favorite bike at Big Al’s on Elk Avenue. Summer and fall mountain biking is world class and usually on peoples’ bucket lists. Fat biking in the winter is a novel experience. Townies can be seen and ridden year-round. Road cyclists are in for a treat as well!

9. Float

All the snow we get in winter has to melt into something. The rivers and lakes surrounding the Crested Butte area create some of the best opportunities for floating activities. If you’re looking for some whitewater, hop on the Taylor River and raft with the experts from Three Rivers Resorts.

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