The Best Trails for September Leaf-Peeping in Crested Butte

Posted on Aug. 23, 2022

By this late in the summer, many people are ready for fall. We’re anxious to trade out the T-shirts for sweaters, and to hear the crunching of leaves under our feet. In Crested Butte, we're especially ready for the gorgeous views that accompany leaf-peeping season. We want you to be able to experience it, too. That’s why Crested Butte Mountain Resort is extending its season this summer!

Instead of closing after Labor Day as we’ve done the past few years, the CBMR bike park will remain open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 25. That means some killer views as the colors start to change all over the Valley! Here are some of the best leaf-peeping trails for your September visit:

Scenic view of the mountain and village in Crested Butte, CO.

1. Painter Boy Trail
Located on Mt. Crested Butte, Painter Boy is a gentle trail filled with stunning mountain range views and beautiful walks through aspen fields – perfect for fall viewing. This trail is especially pretty in mid-to-late September, when the leaves turn bright yellow and blanket the forest floor. Take the Red Lady Express up and hike down, by taking Primer to Painter Boy, connecting with Up and Away to return to the base. Or challenge yourself by hiking up! Mountain bikes are permitted heading uphill on this trail.

2. Westside Trail
Start at the base or at the top of the lift and choose your own adventure with this trail! Westside begins to the right of the Silver Queen Express in the base area and climbs all the way to the top of the Red Lady Express. Meander in and out of forested areas and catch gorgeous leaf-peeping sights along the way. This trail is also a great connection to town; just veer onto the 'Happy Hour' trail and take that to Upper Loop.

3. Tony’s Trail
If you’re looking to do some leaf-peeping around town, check out Tony’s Trail. It’s named after Tony’s Conoco Station – a longtime staple in the history of Crested Butte. The trail starts at the Eastern end of Elk Avenue and heads up the mountain, offering views of aspen fields along the way. If you’re mountain biking, you can take Tony’s Trail to Upper Loop and ride all the way to Mt. Crested Butte. Sorry, no dogs allowed on Tony’s Trail.

Lock in your fall stay today! Check out lodging options just steps away from the lifts.