Green Initiative

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Travel Crested Butte is committed to supporting sustainable tourism and the stewardship of our surrounding area.


As a part of the Crested Butte community, we love this place for its pristine mountain environments, and for the privilege to access and enjoy such places. With this in mind, we want to provide valuable resources and education to help minimize human impacts.

We have developed these guides geared toward promoting individual action and responsibility, while also providing helpful information on preparation for activities and outings. Here are some good links for starters: 


Crested Butte Pledge


I pledge to enjoy Crested Butte responsibly


I will feed my sense of adventure, but never feed the wildlife.


I will be quick to get here, but slow through town.


I will come prepared for any experience.


When I explore new places, i will leave them as I found them.


I will carve the snow and not the trees.


I will hit the slopes and not other skiers.


And when nature calls, I won't answer the call on nature.



Instead of location tagging posts on Instagram and Facebook use the location tag Keep Crested Butteful. Keeping backcountry locations unnamed will help lessen the future impact on the areas.  We are also using the hashtag to promote good behavior like picking up trash and preserving our backcountry spaces throughout our platforms. Look for the tag on posts related to our Green Initiative. Together we can Keep Crested Butteful.

    Learn more by checking out our activity guides below:

      Leave No Trace

      One of the most important organizations we reference our guides with is Leave No Trace. LNT, as it's known shorthand, is a guide that outlines the best ways to leave minimal human impact in the outdoor areas we enjoy. 

      Principles of Leave No Trace:

      • Plan Ahead and Prepare
      • Travel and Camp On Durable Surfaces
      • Dispose of Waste Properly
      • Leave What You Find
      • Minimize Campfire Impacts
      • Respect Wildlife
      • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

      Learn more about each of these principles here.


      Throughout our website and within our hiking, camping, and biking guides you will find sections with a select number of icons from below that will inform you about tips, general guidelines, and more awareness tools for corresponding outdoor related areas and activities.

      We encourage you to pay special attention to these icons and info before setting out for outdoor activities in order to establish and maintain healthy outdoor habits that will ensure the protection of these wild and beautiful places for years to come. Know before you go!  

      Associated Organizations

      We are working in conjunction with with local organizations who have dedicated their time, money, and hard work to conservation efforts in the Crested Butte area. Check out their websites to learn more about each organization and see how you can get involved.
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        Crested Butte Conservation Corps

        CBCC is a full time, 6 day a week, on the ground trail crew aiming to minimize human impacts, protect our valuable resources, and steward them for the best experiences possible. Learn more.

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        Crested Butte Land Trust

        They Land Trust works with the community to protect the heart and soul of the Gunnison Valley – scenic views, epic trails, family ranches, and plentiful habitat. Learn more.

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        High Country Conservation Advocates

        HCCA protects the health and natural beauty of the land, rivers, and wildlife in and around Gunnison County now and for future generations. Learn more.

        Get Involved

        Check out some upcoming events in the Crested Butte area to learn more about how you can work with the community and get involved with environmental efforts.


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