Nestled within Colorado’s picturesque southwestern region, surrounded by the majestic Elk Mountain Range, are the uniquely historic towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte that comprise the Crested Butte area. Embodying true small-town hospitality and a down-to-earth, laid-back lifestyle, these communities possess a distinct character that is not found anywhere else.
Crested Butte has a rich and exciting history that dates back to the Ute Indians and the subsequent arrival of European miners from the Balkans in the late 19th century. Crested Butte is recognized as the eighth-largest National Historic District in the state, and in 2008, it was named one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).
The scenery here is unrivaled, and in the spring and summer, the high mountain landscape is covered in brilliant wildflowers—a characteristic that has led to the area’s designation as the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado.”
This unique distinction is celebrated every year at the annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, a weeklong event featuring guided mountain tours, in-town garden tours and plenty of opportunities for education, hiking, 4x4 tours, birding, biking, photography and more.
A true Colorado gem, the Crested Butte area has established itself among the greatest year-round destinations. Set against magnificent mountain views and acres of national forest and wilderness, it is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Summer brings unrivaled opportunities for fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing and camping in the surrounding Gunnison National Forest, while winter welcomes Alpine and Nordic skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts.
Within the communities, one will discover charming Victorian storefronts, an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars and vibrant entertainment featuring live music virtually every night. Throughout the year, the area hosts numerous festivals and has cultural resources made up of vibrant theatres, galleries and museums that belie its size.
In addition to the unmatched natural environment and assortment of outdoor activities, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are home to a community of diverse, active and supportive residents. These residents are certainly the towns’ biggest asset, as they regularly donate their time and efforts to nearly 40 nonprofit organizations and initiatives for the arts, education, environment, social services and safety. The Crested Butte Fire Protection District is an all-volunteer-led department providing fire protection, prevention, rescue and EMS services to a 250-square-mile area.
There is no doubt about it; this mountain community is authentic and it has it all. The easygoing way of life found in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte is the envy of surrounding areas and beyond. Whether you are a lifelong resident, a part-time vacationer or just visiting for the weekend, you are invited to discover its unmistakable charm.