The economy of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley is dominated by tourism.
Because of the area’s generous natural attractions, splendid panorama and abundance of outdoor recreational activities, Crested Butte is a regular vacation destination for visitors from around the globe. It is also home to seasonal residents who have invested in the community’s amenity-based economy. Visitors and seasonal residents very often choose to retire in Crested Butte or become full-time residents because of the unique amenities and lifestyle.
Over the last several decades, the Crested Butte area has experienced tremendous growth in the amenity-based economy. As a result of visitor and resident demands, the service industries of Crested Butte have ballooned. Growth in the areas of recreation, arts and entertainment, lodging, food services, health and wellness, finance, insurance, real estate and other service businesses is continuous and is sure to develop well into the coming years.