Crested Butte, Colorado: A Mountain Paradise
Crested Butte, Colorado is the state’s iconic small mountain town destination. Offering unparalleled wildflowers, hiking, and biking in the summer, aspen foliage and festivals in the fall, world-class skiing and winter activities in the colder months, along with fly-fishing and tranquility in the spring, Crested Butte is an ideal choice for any month.
Tucked into Colorado’s Elk Mountain Range in the Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte a bit off the beaten path. 12 and 13 thousand foot mountains, cattle ranches, and dense wilderness on every side keeps our home rustic and relatively quiet. Far from the commercially congested Aspen, Vail, Jackson Hole, or Summit County, this place is often referred to as “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town”. Which is part of what makes this place so special–from the locals, and locally owned business’, we’re anything but commercial.
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Ultimately, Crested Butte’s charm is rooted in the awe-inspiring landscapes, which remain largely untouched. This place can leave a lasting impression, having you planning your next visit as soon as the current one ends. Whether you’re a first timer, local, or adventure enthusiast Crested Butte will stick with you. Here’s the rundown on what’s up and what’s down in your favorite (or soon to be) mountain town:
When to Come
Crested Butte is most popular in the summertime (especially July) when the town becomes more accessible and high mountain passes open to vehicular traffic. Visitors flock to hike, mountain bike, wine, and dine. Festivals, music, performances, films, and more fill up the calendar each week. Known as the official Wildflower Capital of Colorado, hillsides erupt in jaw-dropping colorful displays starting in June and peaking in July and early August.
Fishermen, bikers, and photographers stick around for the fall months due to the stunning golden fall colors that fill the West Elk Mountain Range. Nearby Kebler Pass is also home to the largest aspen grove in the state! Come Thanksgiving, it’s time to ramp up for skiing. Nordic and alpine ski season runs from late November to early April with various events happening on and off the mountain.
As the old adage goes, if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. Conditions can change quickly from one extreme to another in our high mountains. Blue skies one minute, a thunder storm or even a foot of powder the next. Check out our guides for what to wear when it’s cold and know where to go when it’s patio weather. We’ve got a bunch of different webcams throughout the valley and nearby passes to keep an eye on things as well.
Part of the appeal of this remote location is its distance from the traffic and congestion of the I-70 resorts and Front Range cities. The air is pristine, the views are breath taking, and the water is pure. Get here by land, air, or foot and it’s up to you if you leave or not.
Once you’re here, transportation is seamless and easy on your wallet. Ride the free town shuttle year-round, taking you from town to the ski resort base area and Mt. Crested Butte. There is a condo shuttle, free bus to and from Gunnison, and plenty of bike rental options if you’re looking for a townie while trying to be one.
First things first, you’ve got to remember you’re near or above 9,000 feet elevation while you’re in town. Deep breaths and planning go a long way. Activities are endless in Crested Butte, Colorado, which means the hardest part will be choosing which one to enjoy.
Anything we missed? Feel free to contact us anytime and we’ll help get you set up for an unforgettable trip to our mountain paradise!