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Maximizing Your Time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Maximizing Your Time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Whether visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort for a conference, event or simply for fun, there will likely be at least one moment where you think, “How can I kill some time before my next obligation or activity?” Luckily, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers a wide variety of options – both casual and adventurous – to fill any time voids that your schedule may dictate. 

Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend some time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

15 Minutes 

A quick stop at Coal Breaker Coffee Co. located conveniently within the Treasury...

Outerbike Crested Butte

Outerbike is Coming!

“The BEST bike demo in the universe” comes to Crested Butte Mountain Resort August 18-20, 2017. Featuring some of the most popular brands in mountain biking — including Specialized, Scott and Yeti among many more — Outerbike offers participants the opportunity to demo as many bikes as the time, and their legs, will allow. 

This is the first time Outerbike will take advantage of Crested Butte’s world-class mountain biking and gorgeous summer weather allowing participants to experience some of the world’s best bike and trails all in the same weekend. 
The event’s “base camp” –...

This Week in the Butte

It’s hard to believe it’s already the last week of July. Summer has been flying by here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, there’s been tons of live music, wildflower walks and gravity fed adventures. Don’t miss these great events going on this week! 

Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival | July 26 - 30

The Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival takes place each July. Striving to create a wine and culinary festival that complements the array of amazing offerings in the towns of Crested...

Wildflowers by Hike in Crested Butte

Wildflowers by Hike

Anytime you are hiking in the mountains it is necessary to be prepared. Don’t forget an extra layer, water, rain jacket, snack, sunscreen and a map. Bringing a camera and friends is also highly encouraged!

Woods Walk

For an afternoon stroll, head to Woods Walk just west of town on Kebler Pass Road (0.2 miles). Park on the left side of the road, and cross carefully. This trail is relatively flat, with only 200 feet in elevation gain over about 2.8 miles. Take in the incredible views of the Paradise Divide, Mt. Crested Butte and town. Aspen groves with open...

Wildflower by Bike Crested Butte

Wildflowers by Bike

Throughout the summer months, Crested Butte’s lush and mountainous landscape transcends into a natural palette of color.  It is no wonder that the Wildflower Capital of Colorado features some amazing bike rides with access into these stunning hues of blue, pink, purple, white and yellow.

Below are a few of our favorite mountain bike trails to experience the awe-inspiring wildflowers in and around Crested Butte.

Trail #401

Known far and wide as one of the top ranked mountain bike trails in the world, Trail 401 is a sight to behold during the summer...

Gothic Road Wildflowers

Wildflowers by Car

Often, the best views of wildflowers are not accessible by vehicle, but that is not the case in Crested Butte.  As the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte offers stunning views and access to the wildflowers from nearly everywhere, including some locations right off of the road.

Below are a few of our favorite locations to find the best wildflowers from the comfort of your car.

Washington Gulch Road

Winding through fields and pastures, next to mountain streams and in the shadow of some iconic peaks, Washington Gulch Road would be a beautiful...

Evolution Bike Park

This Week in the Butte

This time of year, rain showers continue to freshen the air, wildflowers and aspens. Mountain bike trails return to their tacky delightful state and streams babble just a little bit louder. Monsoon season in Crested Butte can mean morning sunshine and afternoon thunder storms. Be sure to start your adventure early and pack a rain jacket just in case. 

Mountain Manner Half Day Hike | July 19 

The shorter half day hike allows you to focus exclusively on the Mountain Manners skills you came to...

Crested Butte This Week in the Butte

This Week in the Butte

Summer is in full swing here at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. There are so many great activities to enjoy and tons of fun planned for this upcoming week. Show off your disc golf skills this Saturday at the 10-3 Disc Golf Tournament. Did you know the name “10-3” stems from the elevation at the start of both courses, 10,300 feet!

Wildflower Festival | July 6 – 7

With over 300 events offered by 60 instructors there is something for everyone during the annual Wildflower Festival. Don’t miss van tours,...

Crested Butte Wild for Wildflowers in Crested Butte

Wild for Wildflowers in Crested Butte

The Wildflower Festival kicks off this week! We’re celebrating by sharing our favorite #crestedbutte wildflower photos. 

Join us July 7 - 16 for photography workshops, classes, guided hikes and more! Additional details can be found by visiting www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com.

Surround yourself with lupine, sneezeweed, larkspur, thimbleberry, alplily and bluebells!  

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Crested Butte This Week in the Butte

This Week in the Butte

It’s July in Crested Butte which means more wildflowers, sunshine and good times. Be sure to check out these great events happening at Crested Butte Mountain Resort this week!

Extended Lift Hours for Twilight Riding and Biking | July 5 & 7

There’s no better way to spend your Wednesday and Friday evenings this summer. Twilight Lift Tickets are just $8! Head out to the Evolution Bike Park for unlimited riding from 4:30 – 7 pm. Or Ride the Red Lady Express...

Crested Butte Full Moon Parties at Ten Peaks

Full Moon Parties at Ten Peaks

Imagine: A mountain top setting with panoramic views of the Elk Mountain Range and Mount Crested Butte.

Imagine: Rejoicing in the spirit of the mountains where everyone – family, friends and strangers alike – are all best friends for the evening.

Imagine: Dining out in the most relaxing atmosphere around with a feeling of nostalgia.

This is a Full Moon Party hosted by Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Join us at the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks for an evening spent relaxing amongst the mountains with a delightful picnic-inspired dinner for the...

Crested Butte Your Pre-Archery Season Practice Schedule

Your Pre-Archery Season Practice Schedule

Archers, take aim: the Twilight Archery Series (free) and Rinehart 100 West Elk Classic is back!  With archery season coming up, this is your opportunity to get ready before heading out for the real thing.

On Friday nights from July 22-August 5, you can hone in your skills during our free archery series.  Participants pick up score card at Jefe's between 4:30 and 5:15 then shuttle up on the Red Lady Lift, and enjoy a sight range and 10 3D targets at the top of the Teocalli Lift.  Then, head back down to Jefe's for the...

Crested Butte 3 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Vacation in Crested Butte

3 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Vacation in Crested Butte

Summer time in Crested Butte is short and sweet—just like your vacation (but hopefully more sweet, than short!). Which means you’ll want to maximize your time while you’re here. So I’ve complied a short list below detailing how to get the most out of your summer vacation in Crested Butte!

Plan Ahead

Whether you’re mountain biking, hiking, SUPing, or just here to enjoy the charm of downtown Crested Butte, you’ll want to know exactly what you’re getting into before you arrive. If you’re looking to rent mountain bikes for your stay, check out our...

Crested Butte Gumption & Pride: Cattlemen’s Days and Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Gumption & Pride: Cattlemen’s Days and Tough Enough to Wear Pink

If the rolling fields, and the happy cows that meander through them aren’t enough to call the Gunnison valley a ranching community, perhaps it’s the traffic jams with dusty cowboys pushing those same cows down the highway to greener pasture, that will do the trick.

Perhaps it’s the fact that back in the 1800’s ranchers would take a break between spring calving, and summer haying, and test their skills on Main Street.

Whatever it is that makes the Gunnison Valley a true ranching community, we have it in spades.  And in 1900 we made it official, with the inception of Cattleman’...

Crested Butte Wildflowers: Not Just Landscape Decoration

Wildflowers: Not Just Landscape Decoration

The saying might be, “April showers bring May flowers,” but in Crested Butte, the June monsoon, brings July wildflowers just in time for the Wildflower Festival (catchy rhyme pending).  The official festival spans two weeks, July 11-23, but events start in June and go through September.

Like many festivals in the valley, the Wildflower Festival was a group effort of many locals who saw the beauty of the valley and knew others might want to experience it too—and in an attempt to boost summer tourism, the...

Crested Butte Do You Know Your ‘Mountain Manners?’

Do You Know Your ‘Mountain Manners?’

July 4th is coming up this weekend, and it means one thing:  we’re in full on summer mode in Crested Butte!  Which is to say, visitors and locals alike are enjoying the abundant sunshine, the sweeping views, and the myriad of sports and activities that can be enjoyed in our little corner of the Rocky Mountains.  

But with great fun, and incredible natural beauty, also comes great responsibility.  As more folks are realizing what an incredible place Crested Butte is, we have to make sure we're all preserving the natural habitat that surrounds us, and following a few easy rules....

Crested Butte Featured Hike #10: Judd Falls

Featured Hike #10: Judd Falls

Enjoy a relaxing hike to Judd Falls that the whole family can embark on. As you walk along the trail, you will get an up close and personal view of Gothic Mountain on your right with the lush green Mt. Crested Butte appearing in the distance. You’ll be awe inspired and left speechless as you soak in these euphoric views. Are you feeling inspired to camp? If so, there are multiple designated camping sites along the road that leads up to the Judd Falls trailhead. How fun right? Not only can you enjoy an epic hike on this easy trail, but you can also catch amazing sunsets and sunrises as...

Crested Butte Featured Hike #9: Guided Hikes on the Mountain

Featured Hike #9: Guided Hikes on the Mountain

Everyone loves to explore, but sometimes it is even more fun to explore with an expert. At Crested Butte Mountain Resort you can hike the mountain on your own or with a guide. Either way is a good time, but it is really cool to learn the history of the land and learn about all the wildflowers; I mean we are the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. Instead of spending your time in the books, learn something new from our guides! Worried about your ability level? That is no problem because we have hikes for beginners to expert hikers.

There are Adventure Hikes, Summit Hikes and Wildflower...

Crested Butte Featured Hike #8: West Maroon Trail

Featured Hike #8: West Maroon Trail

Wildflowers, marmots and porcupines were seen on the beautiful West Maroon Trail connecting Crested Butte to Aspen. This beautiful hike, though rather strenuous, is one of the most amazing hikes one can embark on in the Gunnison Valley. As you begin your hike you will be surrounded by a blanket of wildflowers that stand tall making you feel like you are in a fantasy world. Red, blue, white and yellow wildflowers will surround you as their aroma captivates you.

Drive (or call Dolly’s Mountain Shuttle at 970-349-2620 and they will give you a ride) to the West Maroon trailhead...

Crested Butte Featured Hike #7: Woods Walk

Featured Hike #7: Woods Walk

Let’s take an easy stroll down Woods Walk trail. Located up Kebler Pass, Wood’s Walk trail offers amazing views of town and Mt. Crested Butte. After you finish the hike, make sure you stop by the red bench just above the trail. The view of town and Mt. Crested Butte is breath taking, so make sure you bring your camera. Woods Walk trail is a quick hike the entire family can take part in. It’s short, easy and fun, so get out there.

Make your way into town before heading west on Whiterock Avenue. From there, continue on until Whiterock Ave becomes Kebler Pass. Drive a quarter of...

Crested Butte Featured Hike #6: Hike The Peak

Featured Hike #6: Hike The Peak

Are you ready to embark on a hike that will give you some of the most amazing views of the Gunnison Valley and that the whole family can take part in? If so, hiking the peak of Mt. Crested Butte is the ideal hike. Once atop, you will see for miles on end with a birds eye view of Axtel, Whetstone, Red Lady, and Carbon Mountain along with others. Snap photos and sign your name at the box atop Mt. Crested Butte and feel the rush of conquering this epic hike. During lunch, our team at CBMR did the hike in about 2 hours. It was fun, entertaining and awe inspiring as we continued our ascent...

Crested Butte Featured Hike #5: Oh Be Joyful Trail

Featured Hike #5: Oh Be Joyful Trail

Put on your hiking boots and experience the joy of hiking the enchanting wilderness that is the Oh Be Joyful trail. As you begin the hike, make sure to check out one of the many Slate River overlooks and watch kayakers drop 8, 10, and even 25 foot drop waterfalls. You may be shaking your head in amazement as they take off! Also, don’t forget to bring your camper or tent as Oh Be Joyful offers a beautiful campground bordering the Slate River.

Tighten up your laces and stretch out your legs as you prepare for an awesome hike! Depending on the water level of the Slate River at the...