Parking in the Backcountry

In Uncategorized by Eric Phillips

With the increased usage of backcountry areas in Crested Butte, trailheads, parking lots, and roads have become more and more crowded. Below you will find guidelines for finding and parking sustainably in the backcountry as well as alternatives to driving alltogether. Together we can curb the impact of vehicles in these pristine environments. 


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  • Park ONLY on durable surfaces, these include rock, dirt, and gravel.
  • A good rule of thumb is park in established places only. If its not established as a durable spot, don't park there.

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  • Many of the roads in Crested Butte cross through private property. By respecting their wishes we can ensure access to these roads in the future.
  • Look for signs along the road ways like "Private Property, Stay on road next 2 miles" or "No Parking"
  • Some signs warn of flash food areas or truck/ bus turnarounds. Follow these to ensure the safety of your vehicle.

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  • Crested Butte hosts a very delicate and pristine high alpine ecosystem. Parking off trail can permanently damage this.
  • If it's alive, don't park on it
  • If someones see's you parking on flowers they might think its okay to park on flowers as well.
  • Leave no trace with your car and Keep Crested Butteful for the next visitor.

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Don't run the flowers for the rest of us.

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Help support the people managing backcountry toilets and restrooms. Donate to the Crested Butte Conservation Corps.