If you’re asking yourself “where is Crested Butte?”, it hopefully means you’re interested in actually getting here. Crested Butte is nestled in a high valley of the Colorado Rockies. More specifically, it’s in the southwest region of Colorado (western slope) and the western part of the Elk Mountain Range. The closest ‘large’ town is Gunnison, but it’s also really close to Aspen, especially in the summertime when mountain passes are open.
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. It’s pretty easy to get here, but much harder to leave. There are many methods of transportation to choose from: By air, car, or even on foot, bike, or skis.
Driving time from Denver is around 4 hours and just under that from Colorado Springs. If you’re flying into closer airports, it’s only a 90 minute drive from Montrose and 30 minutes from Gunnison. The drive through the scenic mountains of Colorado in the summertime is one worth taking from any of these locations.
For the adventurous, Crested Butte can be as short as an 11 mile hike or a slightly longer mountain bike ride from Aspen in the summertime. The Grand Traverse is a 40 mile cross-country ski race to Aspen that takes place every spring (not intended for the weekend warrior). So pick a method of transportation and get here