Similar to many towns in Colorado, Crested Butte has a deep-rooted history dating back to the 1800’s. The Valley of Crested Butte was first home to the Ute Indians. Over the years, trappers, miners, and ranchers began to settle the region around 1870, bringing families and friends to establish what is now known as Crested Butte.
Fast forward about 100 years and many businesses attempted to gain mining rights on Mount Emmons nearby Crested Butte. These attempts were halted by Mayor W Mitchell who became renowned as the man who saved the mountain. Since these years, there have been a few attempts to gain mining access that have been combated by an ever-growing presence of environmental organizations.
Crested Butte Today
Crested Butte is a mountain-lovers paradise. The town’s total area covers less than 1 square mile and provides a quaint small-town community for locals and visitors alike. Since the original settling of Crested Butte in the late 1800’s, the year-round town population has near doubled in size. Approximately 1,600 people call beautiful Crested Butte their home and find things to do in the area at all times of the year. Of course, Crested Butte is known for its epic skiing and snow-covered mountains, but little do people know the town has so much more to offer!
Crested Butte is a 4-hour drive from Denver, the closest metropolitan area with an international airport. Some mountain-enthusiasts do access the Crested Butte region via the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport.
Earlier we mentioned Crested Butte has something for everyone and there are plenty of outdoor activities for every age, ability and scope of interest. But what really provides entertainment for a diverse group is the event list of Crested Butte each year. These include film festivals, carnivals, college ski weeks and music events, concert series, art festivals, a week dedicated solely to biking, and more. Don’t miss the New Years Eve Torchlight Parade or fireworks display either. Skiers holding torches and fireworks can be viewed from around the area, but the real insiders’ tip is to visit Butte 66 for a party and the best view!
Shop & Dine
Crested Butte offers a plethora of temptations for your wallet and your stomach, in a good way, of course. Find locally crafted goods and works of art inspired by the surrounding mountains in local shops and boutiques. Stock up on mountain apparel and outdoor gear, and also snag a “Crested Butte” memorabilia t-shirt or sweatshirt while you’re at it. Perhaps gifts for friends and family peak your interest, stop by one of many gift and t-shirt shops to find unique goodies for all.
A fun-filled day in Crested Butte is sure to make your stomach rumble with hunger and the dining options are as diverse as the shopping selection. Grab-and-go cafes for a quick bite and a coffee and casual burger or pizza points line the streets of Crested Butte. If your restaurant search has you leaning towards an upscale scene, organic, French, Asian and more are just a few of the options to choose from. For an extra special dining experience, check out Uley’s Sleigh Ride Dinners, for an evening you’re to not soon forget!
Crested Butte Mountain Resort is the center of attention in Winter. The mountain boasts a 2.6 mile-long run amongst an impressive 1,058 of skiable terrain at the resort. Nearly half of the mountain’s skiable acres (448 acres) are double black diamonds. This intensity of skiing attracts the best skiers in the industry so keep your eyes peeled whenever you’re on the hill. Crested Butte Mountain is also family-friendly and with 15 lifts to choose from, there is a ski run for all skill levels.
For the more adventurous, or those that simply don’t want to ski groomed runs, backcountry and cross-country skiing are enjoyed by many winter enthusiasts. Crested Butte also has a Nordic center. Two planks are not for everyone, so the town offers an ice skating rink, zip line tours, tubing, dog sled tours, fat bikes, and snowmobiles to name a few. Crested Butte is a true winter wonderland and playground where there is never a dull moment.
If you ask mountain-town residents how they came to live there, most will say something along the lines of, “I came for the winter to be a ski bum, but stayed for the summer.” Summertime in the Rocky Mountains is a spectacular time of year that offers moderate temperatures, no humidity, and long days of adventure in the great outdoors. Miles of endless connecting trails are a long-distance runner’s paradise, flyfishing in one of Crested Butte’s nearby 5 rivers profers Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Cutthroat trout, and hiking in the backcountry provides panoramic views of the Elk Mountain Range. Mountain bikers get giddy when the snow starts to melt, Outside Online even proclaimed in 2016 that Crested Butte was the country’s best mountain biking destination.
Why Crested Butte
Every year, Crested Butte hosts donation days, canned food drives, an annual heart campaign, and a Tips for Trust voluntary donation on retail and culinary sales. If community, adventure and events are of interest to you, Crested Butte is calling your name! The town and mountain of Crested Butte are not one-size-fits-all. Whether you’re interested in a first or second home, a unique single-family home, condo, or apartment, Crested Butte has an option as unique as you are. Interested in more information about how to get started with your home or property search in Crested Butte. Contact us today with your questions or to begin your dream home search!