The Best Restaurants, Attractions, and Things to Do in Crested Butte
What's so special about this place called Crested Butte?
If you're unfamiliar with Crested Butte, CO, it is a true mountain town that offers endless things to do. At roughly four and a half hours and a couple of mountain passes from Denver, it's not the easiest place to get to, BUT that's what makes this place so special. Known as one of the last true Colorado mountain towns, with an elevation of 8,909 feet, this place is a real diamond in the rough! Easier than driving from Denver, you can fly direct to Gunnison from many cities across the country—then you're only a short, 30-minute drive (no mountain passes) to Crested Butte. Little known fact: Gunnison has the second longest runway in Colorado after Denver International. So, forget the unpredictability of flights into smaller (and more weather-affected) airports like Aspen and Telluride. The regularly scheduled jet service is very dependable and convenient.
You won't find the weekend warrior crowds or the Aspen glitz here. Instead, you'll immediately feel relaxed and at home in a place that defines "down to earth". This is a town where you'll find local ski bums and second home owners chatting over a beer without ever knowing which is which. To come to Crested Butte is to get away from it all and get back to the basics. A tightly-knit community at 2,000 full time (in-town) residents, the charm, and smiles are everywhere.
Crested Butte Restaurants, Bars, and Indoor Activities
Being in a small mountain Town doesn't mean you have to suffer either! Looking for good food? You will be amazed at the countless restaurants in Crested Butte and on the mountain that offer delicious food. From delicious comfort food to outrageous tamales to gourmet French, you will find everything here to satisfy your palate. Looking for a local bar where you can enjoy a drink? A world class Margarita, Bloody Mary or pint of IPA? No problem. How about a glass of Reserve Oregon Pinot... yup, it's all right here. You can even tour nearby Colorado breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Live music, theater, dancing, lots of shopping, and more is all at your fingertips in this postcard-perfect town.
Our Favorite Things to Do in Crested Butte
While visiting the area, you will find that there are endless things to do in Crested Butte, from active fun to relaxing activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy! In the winter months, Crested Butte skiing is the biggest thing to do, as the area offers some of the most outrageous skiing in the country. Whether you’re a hardcore skier, or enjoying a family ski vacation, you’ll feel right at home. The Crested Butte ski area provides skiers with feather-light powder opens up miles of legendary skiing and boarding. From endless, sun-drenched groomed cruisers to some of the most extreme terrain out there (the US Extreme Freeskiing Championships are held here), you won't be bored on this mountain. In addition to the endless Crested Butte skiing, the local mountains offer some incredible backcountry terrain for those seeking a true adventure. Maybe you're in the mood for a breathtaking cross-country tour? The Nordic center in Crested Butte has miles upon miles of groomed trails and even offers full moon trips. Other things to do in Crested Butte in the winter include snowshoeing, horseback riding, winter fishing, and more! And don't forget to enjoy the Christmas celebrations while you're here. There are Crested Butte activities for all to enjoy this winter!
Although Crested Butte is known for its skiing and winter activities, the area also boasts a number of things to do in the summer and fall seasons as well. Crested Butte explodes with beauty and activity when the snow gives way to the long summer days. The wildflower capital of the state, you will be hard pressed to find a place more spectacular. The town even hosts an annual Wildflower Festival. Active summer things to do in Crested Butte include mountain biking, golfing, disc golf, fly fishing, backpacking through the Elk Mountains, horseback riding, zipline tours, and more. For those that love to bike, Fat Tire Bike Week, the longest running bike festival, is held every summer here in Crested Butte. You can also rent ATVs or take a Jeep Tour, which offers a whole different way to enjoy the scenery. There is never a limit to the number of things to do in Crested Butte during your summer visit! For those looking to relax, spend the day lounging in the sun or take a dip in the nearby lakes. If you visit during the late summer or fall, make sure to attend Crested Butte Arts Festival in August, and the one-of-a-kind Vinotok harvest festival in September.
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