Top 6 Things to Do in Crested Butte this Summer
You can jump on Crested Butte's mountain bike trails right out of the back door of the Elevation Hotel & Spa. Photo courtesy of Elevation Hotel & Spa.
Nestled in the East River Valley, Crested Butte is well known for its incredible skiing. In fact, it’s known as “the last great Colorado ski town.” But this peaceful town of just over 1,600 residents is just as much fun to visit during the summer months. If you’re looking for a wide variety of outdoor activities, quality food, and a plethora of diverse entertainment options, Crested Butte is well worth a visit. While there’s an endless amount of activities to occupy your time, check out these six not-to-miss things to do in Crested Butte this summer.
1. Go for a Stroll
Elk Avenue is the main street running through Crested Butte. Full of stores and restaurants, a casual walk through town offers plenty of wonderful views as well as opportunities to find souvenirs, unique shops, and a range of places to please your palate. The Secret Stash offers a range of delicious pizzas, including options for vegetarians and those who are gluten free. If you’re looking for something eclectic, try A Daily Dose. This adorable café offers a creative assortment of drinks and treats.
2. Stop and Smell the Flowers
Crested Butte is not only “the last great Colorado ski town,” it’s also known as “the Colorado wildflower capital” for its significant number of flowers that bloom above the tree line. The town even hosts a wildflower festival every summer, but if you miss out, it’s easy enough to go out and explore on your own. Mountain biking along the 401 Trail is a great way to take in the fragrance of the outdoors.
3. Get Your ‘butte’ in a Chair
To get a full view of the region’s majesty, experience Crested Butte from up high. Two different summer chairlifts can lead you to whatever type of adventure you’re looking for. If you want to take it easy, head off for a hike and a picnic or just take in the scenery. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take your mountain bike and test your mettle at Mount Crested Butte’s Evolution Bike Park.
4. Have some Family Fun
If your clan is looking for some family-friendly fun, the Crested Butte Mountain Resort hosts a myriad of activities that appeal to all ages. Evolution Bike Park has over 30 miles of track at the resort. If biking isn’t your thing, you can take a zipline tour, or check out the Adventure Park which features mini-golf, rock climbing, and bungee trampolines. You can even get a discount if you order tickets in advance.
5. Rock out to Live Music
Crested Butte has wide range of musical artists that perform throughout the summer. Whether you’re a fan of classical musical, enjoy big bands, get a kick out or rock and roll, or enjoy music with soul, it will be featured sometime this summer. If you’re a jazz aficionado, you certainly won’t want to miss the Colorado Jazz Musicians Festival in September.
6. Have an Adventure
With bountiful access to the Elk Mountains and the Gunnison and Taylor rivers, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get your blood pumping. Hiking and mountain biking are likely at the top of most adventurers’ lists, and with good reason. There are miles and miles of trails of varying difficulties to take on whether by bike or by foot. But if you’re looking for something to really test yourself, try kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or whitewater rafting.