If you think that Crested Butte is only geared toward skiing and winter recreation, then you are sadly mistaken. Crested Butte boasts numerous recreational and cultural opportunities throughout the year that will thrill adventure seekers. There is something for everyone in Crested Butte and here are six things to know before you plan your visit.
1. You can ski some of the most challenging terrain in Colorado at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Skiing in Crested Butte can only be described as breathtaking. With over 1,500 acres of terrain that contains 121 thrilling runs which are serviced by 15 lifts, Crested Butte Mountain Resort boasts skiing terrain for all levels of skiers. Novices will find expert instructors and experts can indulge in numerous chutes, cliffs and bowls. Extreme sports enthusiasts can hone their skills in one of the four terrain parks and families will be excited to race each other on the Gold Link Family Cross Course.
2. Mountain biking was practically invented here.
Crested Butte is not only known for skiing and is also home to the oldest mountain biking association in the nation, the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. There are 750 miles of trails in the area that range from pine forest descents to alpine single tracks. With over 150 trails and hundreds of splendid rides such as Pearl Pass, you can enjoy the thrill of mountain biking when you visit Crested Butte.
3. There are so many wildflowers, they created a festival to celebrate them.
Nicknamed the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte is the ideal spot to view and smell all the gorgeous varieties of wildflowers that begin to blossom in July. During the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival you can take a guided hike with a backcountry botanist who will fill your mind with interesting facts about the thousands of flowers you will see and photograph.
4. You can access some of the toughest climbing in state at Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Rock climbing in the area surrounding of Crested Butte has started to pick-up steam. Located a short drive away, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park sports multiple pitch climbs of up to 2,000 feet. Some of the more challenging climbs are the Checkerboard Wall, Painted Wall and North Chasm View Wall. Other climbing options in the Crested Butte area include Spring Creek, Taylor Canyon and Cement Creek.
5. Come for the snow, stay for the festivals.
Crested Butte has a wide variety of unique festivals throughout the year that range from music to arts and crafts to a stunning mountain bike race. Crested Butte is home to the only place in the United States where you can watch professional mountain bikers from around the world compete in the Enduro World Series. The event features three days of thrilling enduro racing and also brings a big party atmosphere to the town.
6. Enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your car.
If you are interested in taking a relaxing a drive through gorgeous mountain landscapes then try the West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway or the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. During late summer these two scenic byways are a must drive for people who want to see thousands of golden aspen trees sway in the brisk Indian summer air.
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