9 Things You Must Do On Your First Crested Butte Visit

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Thinking about planning a trip to the Butte this season? 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.

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, you can find places outside to enjoy the air.



2. The Mountain

Take the free bus up to the base area of Mt. Crested Butte to check out the scenery and shops that are open! Winter brings a feeling of festivities and coziness walking through the village.



3. Festivals/Events

Summer comes with plenty of special events celebrating food, drink, music, art, sport, and nature that can only be experienced here in the high Rockies. Check out some of the upcoming events below to find the perfect one for you!


4. Stroll down Elk Ave

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. It's easy to shop locally when nearly all the businesses are not chains and unique to the area.


    5. Hike

    Looking to get outside and enjoy some views? You'll never run out of trails to snowshoe here, or new views to find! There's a trail here to suit everybody! Flat, short to steep, and long. Explore even more trails quicker on XC skies!



    6. 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. For the best patio views in the valley, be sure to swing by Jose at Elevation Hotel. Mouthwatering Mexican eats, cocktails, and one of the best burgers in CB!



    7. Look Up at Night

    Crested Butte lies close to the heart of the Elk Mountain Range in the Colorado Rockies. It's also home to light ordinances and some of the darkest skies at night. We love to enjoy our favorite views here with the stars. It's one of the most serene feelings for us.


      8. Mountain Biking

      Crested Butte is home to miles of gorgeous cross-country skiing tracks! Ranging all skill levels, it's easy to explore the valley off the slopes and on the tracks. Rent your skis and grab your trail passes right at Crested Butte Nordic Center.


      9. The Arts

      Choose from your favorite medium: sculpture, photography, paint, film, theater, and many more. Crested Butte has its fair share of artists showcasing creative displays all around the area. There are more than half a dozen galleries to stop into to browse some of these works. Plus the recently renovated Center for the Arts regularly offers workshops, concerts, films, and other ways to enjoy your time here.

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