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Summer Details

“We came for winter, but stayed for summer.”—Words uttered by most folks who find themselves back in Crested Butte when the snow melts and the wildflowers are in bloom.

As the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte doesn’t shy away from beauty and post-card worthy scenery.  Our small mountain town at the end of the road, is surrounded by 1.7 million acres of National Forest, which leaves visitors and locals alike with innumerable adventures to be had.  With the dramatic scenery of Paradise Divide, rolling hills dotted with flowers of every color, and the charm of downtown Crested Butte, this is truly “paradise found,” and we welcome you to enjoy it with us.

Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rafting, ziplining, jeep tours, mountaineering and more await you here to inspire your passion.  Clear blue skies and warm days pair with bright stars and crisp mountain nights—both a welcome reprieve from the city. 

As soon as you head up Highway 135, you’ll know you’ve found something truly unique, something you can find #OnlyInCrestedButte.

Summer Fast Facts

Season Dates

To be announced. Stay tuned!

Lift Operating Hours                         

Summer Hours: June 9 - September 3
Red Lady Express:  9:30 am- 5 pm
Silver Queen Express: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Twilight Rides on Wednesdays through TBD: Open Until 7 pm

Twilight Rides on Fridays through TBD: Open Until 7 pm

Fall Hours: TBD
Friday, Saturday and Sunday Only
Red Lady Express:  9:30 am- 5 pm
Silver Queen Express: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Location                   

Crested Butte is located in southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The resort lies in the town of Mt. Crested Butte, three miles from the town of Crested Butte. The area was originally settled in the 1880s as a mining supply camp and still reflects this era in its architecture. The Evolution Bike Park is located within the ski area boundary on Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Best Known For        

The town boasts one of Colorado's largest National Historic Districts, with charm impossible to convey in words. In 1990, the Colorado Legislature designated Crested Butte as the official “Wildflower Capital of Colorado”. In addition the area was one of the birthplaces of mountain biking, along with Marin County, California where old Schwinn bikes were being transformed into bikes with wider tires for more rugged terrain and the pot holes that lined Elk Avenue (the town’s main street).

About                        

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian storefronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.

The Evolution Bike Park was established at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in 2009. Since the beginning, it has been designed to meet the needs of all riders; from beginners on two wheels to gravity experts. The Bike Park has a diverse network of trail that now contains over 30 miles of singletrack on the resort; both lift served downhill trails and cross country rides that connect to some of the legendary rides in and around Crested Butte. The Evolution Bike Park also offers services such as SCOTT Sports demo bikes, bike guides for the bike park and lessons. There is also a bike wash in the base area, a tune station and a skills zone. Each year, the trail crew continues to evolve the bike park with more trails, new sections of trail and maintenance to offer great riding at the resort to compliment 750 miles of mountain biking that the Gunnison Valley has to offer.

Base Elevation 9,375 ft/2,856 m

Summit Elevation 12,162 ft/3,707 m

Lift Elevations          

Silver Queen Express: 11,453 ft/3,491 m

Red Lady Express: 10,350 ft/3,155 m

Vertical                    

Overall: 3,062 ft/933 m

Bike Park: 975 ft/297 m       

Number of Lifts        

2 Lifts operating in the summer: Silver Queen Express hiking only. Red Lady Express hiking & biking.

Lift Capacity 3,780 people/hour

Trails 29 total biking trails                                   

Multi-Trails (uphill and downhill bike use) – 11 Trails                                               

  • 2 Beginner                                               
  • 5 Intermediate                                               
  • 4 Advanced                                   

Downhill Designated Trails – 17 Trails                                               

  • 4 Beginner                                               
  • 5 Intermediate                                               
  • 6 Advanced                                               
  • 2 Expert                                   

Uphill Bike & 2-way Hike – 1 Trail                                   

Hiking only – 3 Trails, including Summit Trail to the Peak.

Most Scenic Trail Summit Trail - “Hike to the Peak” – 1.3 miles, 677 vertical gain and 360 degree views at the summit

Longest Run  Longest continuous cross country loop – 11.8 miles (Up and Away – Columbine – Down Prospector – Up Meander – Up Primer – Down Westside)

Skills Zone The pump track  in the base area is back with, small berms, and flowy rollers to get riders comfortable on varied terrains. A second Skills Zone is at the top of the Red Lady Lift, slightly bigger features for riders before descending down the trails.

Permanent Population               

Mt. Crested Butte: 799                                   

Crested Butte: 1,503                                   

Gunnison County: 15,475 

Lodging Bed Base  

Mt. Crested Butte: 5,000 pillows (CBMR Manages 3,300 pillows)

Crested Butte: 150 pillows

Bars & Restaurants 

CBMR/On-Mountain: 4 for summer operations

  • The Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks - located mid-mountain
  • Butte 66 - located in the Treasury Center
  • WoodStone Grille - located in Grand Lodge
  • Jefe’s - located in Mountaineer Square Breezeway

Mt. Crested Butte: 9

Crested Butte: 50

Distance from Major Centers         

Gunnison: 28 miles/45 km south                                   

Denver: 230 miles/368 km northeast                                   

Montrose: 90 miles/144 km southwest                                   

Colorado Springs: 194 miles/312 km east

Aspen: 24 air miles/38 km (and one very big mountain range). 2.5 hour drive in the summer; 4-5 hour drive in the winter (Kebler Pass is open during summer months)

Nearest Airports     

Gunnison/Crested Butte Airport (GUC): 29 miles/46 km south                                   

Montrose Airport (MTJ): 95 miles/153km southwest

Airlines                      

Travelers now have the option to fly direct to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) on United in the summer months from Houston, TX (IAH) and Denver, CO (DEN).

Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is another convenient way to get to Crested Butte. Only 90 miles away, Montrose has direct summer flights from Denver, Houston and Dallas, TX.

Ticket Pricing           

Summer Season - 2019 Summer prices are to be announced. Prices below are from 2018 Summer season.

                                                    Adult       Child*   Senior**    6 & under

Single Scenic Ride                       $23         $20        $22             $0   

All Day Adventure                        $47         $40         $45            $35 

2 of 3 Day Adventure                   $78         $66         $74            $59

5 Day Adventure                          $115        $98        $109          $86 

Hike & Bike Tickets include unlimited lift rides and Adventure Park access

*Child category includes ages 7 – 17 years.

**Senior category includes ages 65 and over.

Note: Discounted lift ticket packages are available year-round through Crested Butte Vacations: (844) 993-9545

Twilight Rides           

Enjoy riding the Red Lady Lift a little later on Wednesday and Friday nights for just $9. The Twilight ticket is from 4:30 pm – 7 pm throughout the summer.

Adventure Park       

CBMR’s base area Adventure Park is loaded with fun with miniature golf, bungee trampolines, a climbing wall, the Coke Zero Gravity BagJump, and the Tin Cup Mining Co. The Flying Gopher Miniature Golf Course features 18 holes of mini golf under a tent structure for all weather play. The bungee trampolines provide a turbo-charged, gravity-defying ride up to 30 feet in the air, while the Climbing Wall features a 28-foot tall tower with auto-belay. The Coke Zero Gravity BagJump is a 50’ by 50’ giant bag of air that kids and adults’ alike jump into from the 10’ or 20’ platform. Tin Cup Mining Co. is a mining adventure, where kids pan for gems just like back in the 1800s here in Crested Butte. The Adventure Park is open in the  summer, fall and winter seasons.

Zip Line Tours           

The guided zipline tour includes five zip lines and a series of suspension bridges. Fly through the aspen trees, over bikers and hikers. The Crested Butte Zip Line Tour is a 2-hour tour that is available during the summer, fall and winter seasons. The longest and final zip is 380 feet.

Evolution Bike Guides

We've got secrets to share.  Our top-notch instructors can't keep a secret. Their expertise and local knowledge give you just the right tip and insight to take your riding to the next level. Whether you are learning to downhill or cross country ride for the first time or are interested in taking it to the next level, our team of experienced instructors is sure to improve your time on the hill.                                 

Prices: 2019 Summer prices are to be announced. Prices below are from 2018 Summer season.

2- hour group          $70                             

Full day private       $345                           

Friday Night Clinic*    $43

*5 – 7 pm 

Summer Camps      

Camp CB: Your kids' favorite ski instructors are sticking around the mountain for a whole new adventure! Camp CB offers quality childcare and memorable summertime experiences. For ages 5-14, the Camp CB Adventure Camp program is designed for the older age group wanting a challenging adventure around the mountain. Campers can choose from lift rides, nature hikes, Adventure Park, sports and more. For ages 3 and 4, the Mini Camp program is designed for the younger age group to allow the counselors to structure the same activities around their interest and energy level. For kids 2 months to 3 years, the nursery is the perfect spot. 

Mountain Adventures: Experience our mountains, rivers, lakes, crags, trails, and scenery from river raft, by foot, on a mountain bike, in a canoe, with a fly-rod in hand, or high on a cliff, zipline or chairlift! For its second summer, Mountain Adventures for children ages 7 to 14 will be based out of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The program will continue as it has for the last 20 years; however there will now be added benefits of having access to the CBMR Adventure Park and chairlifts. 

Mountain Sports Bike Team: Over the past few years the Mountain Adventures Program has been offering a great program for local mountain bikers through the Mountain Shredders Team. As we move into this summer, we will be taking the successes we have seen with Mountain Shredders and rolling it into our new Mountain Sports Mountain Bike Team. We are building a gravity based downhill team and an X-country/enduro team. We are looking forward to reshaping this summer program and continue to build a “pipeline” for athletes very similar to what the Mountain Sports Team has formed for our winter programs. The beginner and intermediate mountain bike programs in mountain adventures will complete the pipeline. This will provide the opportunity for any level cyclist to have a program to begin their biking pathway in.

Guided Hiking: There are three types of Guided Hikes at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. First, is the Guided Adventure Hike where you ride to the top of the Red Lady Lift for an exciting hiking adventure on the majestic Crested Butte Mountain. This meandering and mostly downhill hike, passes through beautiful wildflowers, aspen and evergreen groves. Guides will be discussing many fascinating environmental features of these elegant areas, and other areas around Crested Butte. Offered 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. also offer a Family Adventure Guided Hike for up to five people.  The second is the Summit Hike where you ride to the top of the Silver Queen Lift to explore the wonders of a fragile high- alpine environment and venture to the summit of the famed Crested Butte Mountain. This moderately difficult hike passes through areas of unique animals, alpine plants, scree and talus fields. Guides will share the wonders of this special environment area, and other areas around Crested Butte. Offered at 10 a.m. also offer a Family Summit Hike for up to five people. Last hike is our Wildflowers of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, where you take a lift for a 1 mile tour led by an experienced Wildflower Festival Guide.

Disc Golf: Try Colorado's most scenic 18-hole disc golf course. Ten-Three @ CB is eighteen holes of pure fun for beginners and seasoned players alike. The course was recently named one of the top 25 courses in America. The course begins at the top of the Red Lady Express Lift and meanders through the fields, yet still an easy strolling distance of the base area. Discs can be rented at the Evolution Bike Shop located adjacent to the Adventure Park. 2019 Summer prices are to be announced. The following prices are from 2018 Summer season: Disc Golf Bag Rental: $20 (3 disks),  Replacement Disks: $11

Lift-Accessed 3D Archery Course

To align with the incredible hunting opportunities that the Gunnison Valley has to offer, CBMR has set up a 20-target Archery Course at the top of the Red Lady Express for archers to practice their skills all summer long. Mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, fox, coyote and Rocky Mountain elk are set amongst the beautiful mountain landscape in a format that will appeal to all ability levels. The loop from the lift covers a total of about one and a half miles and loops archers to the top of the lift, where they can download on the lift and head back to the base area. Mountain Adventures summer program will also be offering archery lessons to kids 7 years old and up. 

Live! From Mt. Crested Butte

Presented by the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association the Live! from Mt. CB music series will return for the summer of 2019 with an exciting lineup of amazing musicians. Come out for this incredible community event on Wednesday evenings for free music at the base of Mt. Crested Butte. All shows take place at the Red Lady Stage from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The 2019 lineup is TBA.

Off-Mountain Activities

Rafting                      

Experience the thrill and beauty of rafting down Crested Butte’s beautiful rivers. Half day and full day trips down the Taylor or Gunnison Rivers are available. Or, enjoy a zipline and raft package. Enjoy a morning zipline and afternoon rafting. 

Fishing                       

The Gunnison Valley is home to miles of “gold medal waters”. Fish the diverse public and private waters of the area with an experienced guide. Book half-day or full-day walk/wade trips or float trips. 

Horseback Riding   

Explore the beauty of the Crested Butte area with a guided horseback ride through the surrounding mountains and valleys. Full and half day guided rides are available. 

Activities for People With Disabilities      

The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) of Crested Butte provides year-round outdoor recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families. Winter programs include adaptive instruction for alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboarding. Lessons include private instruction, a lesson-only lift ticket, and equipment. The ASC also has an extensive summer program with activities including boating, cycling, rock climbing and horseback riding. For more information, call 866-349-2296, email info@adaptivesports.org or visit the website at www.adaptivesports.org.