"Mountains and wildflowers" Crested Butte by goingsolo
Crested Butte Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 24 photos
Many people I spoke to in Colorado touted Crested Butte as a great ski resort, one which wasn't so up scale and upwardly priced as Aspen or Vail. I visited in the almost summer of late May so I can't comment on that. But Crested Butte was a friendly little town, although most shops, restaurants and even hotels were closed in late May. The mountains that bring in skiiers in the winter are fun to hike in the summer and by late June or early July, most of the snow has melted and the wildflowers are in bloom.
Originally a mining camp town attracting rebels like Butch Cassidy and Billy the Kid, Crested Butte now draws bikers and skiers from all over the world. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1974, Crested Butte's downtown is an eclectic mix of boldly painted faux-front buildings and miner's shacks. Quaint shops and eateries line Elk Avenue. Include in your visit stops at the Center for the Arts and the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum; and revisit the unique history of fat-tire riding at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum next door.
Three miles up the road from the town is Mount Crested Butte and the base area of the ski resort. Here you'll find world-class skiing, featuring some of Colorado's most extreme terrain. One of state's most unique cross-country trips links Crested Butte to Aspen, 28 miles distant. Its supposed to be a great hike in the summer.
- Pros:Less expensive than Aspen
- Cons:Unpopulated in late spring/early summer
- In a nutshell:A quaint ski town with lots of hiking opportunities
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