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Get the inside scoop of everything Crested Butte from a local’s perspective. 

Back Alleys of Crested Butte

Back Alleys of Crested Butte

Crested Butte is a small town consisting primarily of one main street, Elk Avenue. Our downtown avenue features some incredible restaurants, lively bars and eclectic shops; not to mention lots of events and festivals. Designated as a National Historic District and featuring an array of colorful facades, Elk Avenue is a “must do” – or shall we say “must stroll” – for anyone visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort. However, many of Crested Butte’s true colors can be found by meandering the alleys and side streets of Elk Avenue.

Here are some of our favorite sights, sounds and feelings...

Crested Butte Trail Running

Top 5 Reasons to Plan Your Trip to CB in August

Cooler Days & Nights

While some parts of the country (as well as parts of Colorado) are still experiencing daily temps in the triple digits, Crested Butte remains on average, a comfortable 73 degrees in August. Leave the AC behind and head to Crested Butte to refresh your lungs with clean, crisp mountain air. 

Great Events 

August offers a full slate of events for the whole family. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in the “BEST bike demo event in the Universe” or snag tickets to the Crested Butte Arts Festival. Here...

Crested Butte Adventure Park Bag Jump

This Week in the Butte July 10 2018

Summer is in full bloom in Crested Butte and there are a number of ways to experience the mountain this week, with several exciting on-mountain events. Not to mention the great biking and hiking, festivals, including the Wildflower Festival and Crested Butte Music Festival, there is unlimited fun and adventure to discover! 

Archery Clinic I July 10 

Bring your bow and learn from professional archer and West Elk Archers club representative, Ryan Johnson. Clinics are open to all ages and...

First Time to the Umbrella Bar

First Time to the Umbrella Bar

First Time to the Umbrella Bar

I’ve briefly visited the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks in the wintertime after a ride up the Painter Boy Lift; however, that time did not compare to the summertime glow that greeted me last week at the Umbrella Bar.  The view from Ten Peaks is unreal and definitely worth the drive, hike or bike!

Driving: The short, yet breathtaking, dirt road winds its way up to the Umbrella Bar where there are amazing 360 degree views all the way up. Parking is reserved for the Umbrella Bar in a designated lot, and one short walk later you’ve...

The “What” Blog

The “What” Blog

Itineraries and research share a common place when visiting a destination, whether it is your first visit or a favorite place to return to. Beginning your research and crafting an itinerary often revolves around a theme of “what:”

What is there to do? What is the best? What can’t I miss?

To help you plan your next trip to Crested Butte Mountain Resort, we’ve done our best to answer some of your “what” questions.

What trails should I hike? Crested Butte Mountain Resort features 15 trails that are open to hikers (be aware, some are open to mountain...

Wildflowers and Mt. Crested Butte

Notice of Stage 2 Fire Restrictions



     In accordance with Gunnison County Resolution #2018-18, signed by the County Commissioners on June 14, 2018, the Gunnison County Sheriff, in a cooperative effort with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Gunnison Ranger District, and the United States National Park Service issues the following notice:


18 Reasons to Disc Golf at 10,300’

18 Reasons to Disc Golf at 10,300’

Have you ever tried to play “real” golf and struggled with the infinite minutia associated with the golf swing?  Keep your head down, bend your knees, shift your weight, etc.; basically everything that fills the book you bought Dad for Father’s Day.  Well, disc golf is just like that, but much different, so we’ve narrowed down the simplest reasons that you should try disc golf on your next visit to Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Here are our easy 18 reasons to keep in mind:

  1. The rules are simple: get the disc or Frisbee® into the basket in as few “strokes” as possible.
  2. ...
This Week In The Butte June 26 2018

This Week In The Butte June 26 2018

Summer action is ramping up both at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and in town! We are thrilled to begin LIVE! From Mt. CB free concert series on Wednesday’s and continue the Powerade Pinnacle gO Ride Series and Twilight Extended Hours. Plus, a great block party supporting a Crested Butte Institution.

Check out all the event details for this week in the Butte: 

Twilight Extended Hours I Wednesday & Friday @ 4:30 – 7 pm
With the Red Lady Express, Evolution Bike Park and Adventure...

Hike Mt Crested Butte

Exercise your Mental Health this Summer

Heading into summer it's no wonder everyone's in such a great mood. The sun is shining, lifts are running, trails are open and days are the longest of the year. Now is a great time to be sure to exercise and work on your mental health, as much as possible. Just like exercising our bodies, it is good to exercise our minds. Take advantage of the things that make you happy now- it will only help you with your ability to cope later on when the weather isn't cooperating and the days are shorter. Potentially even more important, pass the word on to your friends so that they too can become better...

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Crested Butte

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Crested Butte

The fresh mountain air, knee high wildflowers, picturesque town and crazy fun people are all in full force during the Fourth of July weekend. This combination creates life long memories of bike rides and hikes full of laugher, conversations over cocktails and BBQ's, picnics with live music and a feeling of home for the entire family.

Below are all of the awesome events leading up the 4th, July 4th and the weekend after!

Start the Celebration Early:

June 30:...

Unique Ways to Enjoy the Crested Butte Music Festival

Unique Ways to Enjoy the Crested Butte Music Festival

When you think of a music festival, often Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo come to mind. Weekends filled with guitar smashing, fringed shirts and beer tents.

This is not the Crested Butte Music Festival.

The Crested Butte Music Festival is a sprawling, all-encompassing, musical extravaganza that lasts over a month (July 5 – August 11) and explores all genres and facets of music. Crowded festivals will be a distant memory, as you dive into unique compositions, soak up sounds in unforgettable locations and experience music like you never have before. 


This Week In The Butte June 19

This Week In The Butte June 19

The official start to summer is almost here and to celebrate we have a number of events that take full advantage of warmer and longer days! Check out the oldest Mountain Bike Festival, test your downhill, Enduro, or cross country bike skills, and join the High Mountain 3D Archery Competition for some high mountain fun.  

Crested Butte Bike Week I June 20 – 24
Welcome to the oldest mountain bike festival in the world! This is where a rider can experience one of the birthplaces of mountain biking and ride...

5 Tips for an Amazing Art Festival Experience

5 Tips for an Amazing Art Festival Experience

The 46th Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival is August 3 – 5, 2018.

In anticipation for one of our favorite summer events, here are 5 tips for an amazing festival experience:

Get ready

With a little planning, you can enrich your experience before stepping foot into the festival.

Look around your home – is there a corner you would like to enliven with a new painting or sculpture? Is there a certain amount of money you have budgeted? Take a moment and pause when an art piece catches your eye. This all helps when perusing the booths and making a...

This Week in the Butte June 12

This Week in the Butte June 12

The mountain is officially 100% open with abundant biking, hiking, dining and adventures! The first week kicks off with several awesome events to quench your thirst for adventure, community and music.

West Elk Archery Clinic I June 12

Bring your bow and learn from professional archer and West Elk Archers club representative, Ryan Johnson. Clinics are open to all ages and ability levels. For youth entry level participants, several children’s practice bows will be available at the sight in range...

Summer Adventures Start June 9!

While summer doesn’t officially start until the solstice on June 21, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) opens for the summer season this Saturday, June 9. The Red Lady and Silver Queen Express lifts start spinning at 9:30 am, whisking hikers and bikers on unforgettable adventures including biking, hiking, archery and disc golf (or just enjoy the gorgeous scenic lift ride up and down). Restaurants and retail stores will also open to kick off another awesome summer at the resort, serving up delicious food, cold drinks and the latest summer fashions.

The Evolution Bike Park opens...

Crested Butte is Now Epic

To Our Community: 

As many of you have recently learned, our family has made the decision to sell Crested Butte Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts. While we realize this may come as a surprise to some, we want you all to know this was a very hard decision.  We started in the resort business in 1972, and then got started in the ski resort business at Okemo in 1982.  Growing up in the ski industry created a foundation for our entire lives and developed much of what we are passionate about today.

For the last 14 years in Crested Butte, we have developed many friendships with people...

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

Crested Butte received the designation as the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by Colorado State legislature in 1990, and ever since has seen an annual pilgrimage in mid-summer of guests hoping to immerse themselves in the seas of colors.  Well known publications such as the Denver Post, Matador and ...

It's ON (not OFF) Season!

Although this time of the year is considered “off season” in Crested Butte – changing of the seasons, locals leaving town, school is ending – some of us feel like it is truly just the opposite: “on season!” Here are five reasons we think so:

  1. The trails are buff and people-less! After a shorter and drier winter than normal, the trails in and around CB are abundant and free of traffic. Not only is this a great time to get out there and explore, but chances are that you won't see a soul. Enjoy it while you can!
  2. It's a great time to reunite with
  3. ...
Top 10 Reasons to Work at CBMR this Summer

Top 10 Reasons to Work at CBMR this Summer

  1. Legendary lunch breaks: How many jobs allow you to pursue your outdoor passions on your lunch breaks?? While everyone else is counting down the precious few minutes of time off the clock, you could be lapping our Evolution Bike Park or riding the Silver Queen, recharging your batteries while you take in breathtaking views of the Gunnison Valley.
  2. Become a part of the Family: From Mountain Clean-up day to the last day of the season, the Mueller family has a hands on presence at CBMR. They are committed to making Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  3. ...
Springtime = Pedaltime

Springtime = Pedaltime

It’s here. The change in the seasons when winter gear, skis and boards get cleaned up and put away and the two-wheeled beauty emerges. Dust off your mountain bike, townie or road bike and experience springtime riding in the Gunnison Valley, from townie cruiser days to lung busting climbs and thrilling descents. Below is our (not even close to definitive) roundup of great rides during May, no matter what your ability or two-wheel preference.

Townie Ride:

Grab or rent a townie bike and enjoy a very low key and fun ride. The first (and least lung burning) is a...

Discover Crested Butte In May!

Discover Crested Butte In May!

Crested Butte comes to life in May! Trails begin to dry out for trekking, restaurants open their freshly cleaned doors, residents return from far off destinations, and life becomes lively once again on Elk Avenue and beyond. If you are lucky enough to visit Crested Butte in May make sure to check out these do not miss experiences. 

Trails have already began to melt and dry out. Although the major mountain trails are not open, there are plenty of amazing finds with great views and challenges. 

The Caves Trail: The Caves Trail is located...

Stay In Shape This Off Season!

Stay In Shape This Off Season!

With two months between the end of the ski season and the start of the summer season, it’s important to stay in shape so that you can hit the ground running when the trails melt and the temperatures warm up!

There are a number of options in the valley that can help you do this!

Gunnison Recreation Center

Mix up your workout routine with the Climbing Wall, Aquatics Center and a basketball court at the Rec Center to get ready for mountain biking and hiking season. Bonus?...

Thank You 2017-18 Winter Staff!

Thank You 2017-18 Winter Staff!

We recognize an incredible season would never be possible without our amazing staff. Below are a few astonishing facts that our employees achieved during the 2017-18 Season.  

  • 18,000 pairs of skis and snowboard rentals were adjusted
  • Our talented snowmakers gave mother nature a helping hand by putting in nearly 7,000 hours turning water and cold air into snow
  • 13,290 pounds of French fries were cooked to golden perfection and served up as the ultimate on-mountain snack
  • Approximately 10,000 hours of ski and snowboard lessons were taught turning new
  • ...
2017-18 Instagram Roundup

2017-18 Instagram Roundup

We hope you enjoy our top 10 favorite #crestedbutte posts from the 2017-18 Season! 










Closed for winter

Closed for Winter, See You This Summer

Lifts are now closed for the winter season. Thanks for joining us this winter, and we look forward to the lifts spinning again for the summer season on June 9.

With a multitude of activities and events, now is the time to start planning your summer Crested Butte vacation.