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3 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Vacation in Crested Butte

Wildflowers in Crested Butte

3 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Vacation in Crested Butte

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 mountain bike rental packages and enjoy discounted lift tickets for mountain biking, or on mountain hiking by purchasing your lift tickets ahead of time, online. Need a mountain bike lesson to get you cruising single track in no time? Click here!

Crested Butte is a mountain paradise, which means it comes with a few unique characteristics. The most unpredictable of which is the weather. The high elevation means stronger sun—so when it’s a blue bird day, it’s going to be hot in the sunshine. Pack lots of sunscreen, and clothes that will help keep you cool (a hat and extra pair of sunglasses never hurt either). The nights are chilly (sometimes reaching 32 degrees F in the wee hours of the morning), and spontaneous rain showers are common—so bring plenty of warm layers, and a rain coat.

If you’re curious what kind of fun can be had every month this summer, check out this blog for info on the most iconic spots in CB for every month!

Lastly, if you’ve been craving your favorite meal at your favorite CB restaurant since your last trip (or have your sights set on something new), be aware that a lot of the restaurants in town don’t take dinner reservations. So plan ahead by calling and letting the business know you’re intending on coming (if you have a large group), and get there early to beat the crowds, or later to catch the tail end of the dinner rush.

Know the Area

The outdoor activities in Crested Butte are endless, and we’re surrounded by millions of acres of National Forest, so your options for location and scenery abound. Check out online guides (such as Travel Crested Butte, or the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association), stop by the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce located at the 4-way stop, or ask a local for suggestions on good places to check out while you’re exploring.

Check Out Local Events

It seems like every night is a celebration, event or party for something during the summer time in Crested Butte, and what better way to embrace the place you’re visiting than attending an event while you’re here?

Check out our events calendar to see what’s happening during your vacation—from free live music, to food, drink and sports festivals and races, there’s sure to be something fun on the calendar for everyone in your crew!

 Above all else, just do what makes you the happiest while you’re here—if you’re more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” person, you’ll love the laid back, and “fun at every corner” vibe here. Or if you have a bulleted list of all the things you want to do and see while you’re here, more power to you! You really can’t go wrong with a vacation destination like Crested Butte, so enjoy the ride, and we’ll see you out there!