Long Lake Fall Crested Butte Colorado

6 Reasons Crested Butte is the Best for Fall Colors in Colorado

It’s quite a boast to say you’re the best. Especially in a state the size of Colorado, where dozens of towns in the Rockies are vying for the title. Though they all may have their share of aspen groves and scenery, there are few that can compete with all Crested Butte has to offer. Want to live a little closer to the colors? Only 6 of the best lots close to town are available in the Augusta Park neighborhood.

Upcoming Event

25th Annual Chili & Beer Festival

20+ Craft Breweries
Live Music featuring The Lil Smokies
Dozens of Chilis
Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2023

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The 25th Annual Mt Crested Butte Chili and Beer Festival will kick off the fall season in CB. With locally made chili, tasty craft beer, and live music featuring the Lil Smokies, it’s the not-to-be-missed party of the season! VIP, General Admission, and non-drinking tickets available.

Kebler Pass

Crested Butte sits at the end of Kebler Pass Road, offering you access to Colorado’s largest aspen grove. Biggest may not always be best, but in this case it certainly helps. Not only is there an awe-inspiring sea of yellow, but with this size comes variety. An area know as “The Dyke” near the top of the pass, contains some aspen stands, which turn a striking red. There are trails, camping sites, and plenty of pull-offs to grab your own spectacular photos.

Fun Runs

Emma Coburn's Elk Run 5k

  • Saturday, Sept 30th
  • Registration is $50
  • 5k starts and ends on Elk Ave
  • Proceeds go to local non-profit Living Journeys

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Enjoy the fall the scenery on foot with this 5k run for charity. Make your way out Peanut Rd and take in the incredible views before coming back down a fast finish on Elk Ave. Charitable Giving: The race supports Living Journeys and has provided over $215,000 in the first 5 years. This year the goal is the raise $75,000. More info or to register: Click Here

Epic Hiking Trails

No need to fret if you don’t ride a bike. There are even more trails through the trees accessible by foot or even horseback. Close to town, check out the Snodgrass Mountain and Skyland-Bridges located around the southern flanks of Crested Butte mountain. The Lower Loop and Woods Walk trails start right at the edge of town as well and all of them offer fantastic color.  Crested Butte Hiking Guide: Click Here

World-Class Mountain Biking

In addition to Kebler, numerous large groves of aspen can be seen all around the town of Crested Butte. Interwoven within these white trunks lies a network of multi-use trails. Already known for some of the best mountain biking in the country, now add a bed of golden leaves to ride on while they simultaneously shower upon you, as if to welcome your arrival like a Roman Caesar. The experience is not soon forgotten, nor should it be; being available only a week or three every year. Crested Butte Mountain Biking Guide: Click Here

Spectacular Drives

Take in the sights from the comfort of your own vehicle, but be sure to grab your favorite coffee or tea for the experience.  There are a number of different routes to enjoy in, around, and through Gunnison valley.  Check out the West Elk loop for a full day’s worth of scenery.  This will take you through past tall aspen stands atop cliffs on the rim of the Black Canyon, through Paonia and the scenic West Elks, and back over Kebler Pass to Crested Butte.  A couple of shorter trips include Ohio Creek Road (SUV recommended) to Kebler Pass, and Almont to Taylor Reservoir. Crested Butte Fall Drives: Click Here

Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte

Whatever you need out of a weekend trip or vacation, you’ll most likely find it here. Lodging accommodations range from cozy B&Bs to budget-friendly inns to four star hotels. Choose from over 50 restaurants from the most casual to 7 course fine dining. No traffic lights, pedestrian-friendly, and a mecca for outdoor recreation. What are you waiting for?