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

Lifts start up again on June 9th when the Evolution Bike Park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort opens back up for the summer! Ride the Red Lady or Silver Queen lifts up for an optional hike to the summit. Bring your mountain bike for extra fun as you can choose from a number of downhill single track trails ranging from all difficulties. More info on biking here.

Other activities at the resort include zip-line tours, an adventure park, archery, disc golf and much more.



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. 



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

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 The Last Steep for a great variety of appetizers, entrees, cocktails, and brews. Eating and drinking outside on the Steep’s deck makes dining even more enjoyable in the summer.



8. Bike

Summer and fall mountain biking is world class and usually on peoples’ bucket lists. 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. Enjoy the Wildflowers

When it starts to green up in Crested Butte, things get really special. Summer at 9,000 feet is short, but oh-so-sweet. The wildflowers start to pop up in May typically with the glacier lilies, then once July hits, hillsides are washed in every color. Crested Butte is officially the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, so if you’re here for the season, it’s definitely a sight to behold. 



Bonus: SUP

A quickly growing activity in the mountains is stand up paddle boarding (SUP). On nearby lakes and rivers, SUP-ing is a fun way to get out on the water and enjoy the beautiful lakes and rivers in the area.

Check out summer rentals and deals at CB SUP to plan your next fun float day! 


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