Nestled in the Gunnison National Forest in Colorado's Central Mountains, Crested Butte's small town feel and rustic heritage make it a hub of activity without losing its sense of tranquility, passionate for the outdoors without losing a sense of style. Its rich history as a supply town to the local silver mines and as a ranching town offer guests of our Crested Butte vacation rentals a sense of down-to-earth living. If you're looking for a place where time slows down, where local business reigns, and where there are no traffic lights, then Crested Butte is the place for you.
Crested Butte Winter Outdoor Attractions
Crested Butte is known as Colorado's "Last Great Ski Town" for its character and town pride, and guests who stay in our Crested Butte vacation rentals will find themselves welcomed warmly and encouraged to get out and explore. The mountain's visage, like all the mountains in Colorado, stirs the soul and ignites the excitement inside visitors and locals alike, and with over 1500 acres of terrain, skiers and riders of every level come to Crested Butte for the fresh powder. Crested Butte is a hot spot for backcountry skiing and its terrain parks - this is the home of the first X-Games, after all - with a good balance of safety and fun. Crested Butte offers lessons for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities and has a wonderful adaptive, year-round sports program for visitors with disabilities.
Perhaps you want to try something a little different? New to picturesque Mt. Crested Butte this year is a tubing hill - bring out your inner child and sail down groomed snow on an inflatable tube with your family and friends. Try ski bike lessons, snowshoeing tours, or Nordic skiing. Sleigh rides and dog sledding are other popular past times here. And no matter where your Crested Butte vacation rental is located - whether in the main town center or over near the base village - there's always a brightly-painted shuttle going one way or the other!
Crested Butte Summer Attractions
Crested Butte in summer time is a place bustling with energy - the resort transforms from winter wonderland into a flow of outdoor activity. Of course there are the favorites like hiking, backpacking, white water rafting on the Gunnison River, horseback riding, and rock climbing. Afraid you're missing out on a cultural experience? Not here! Enjoy the Crested Butte Music Festival throughout the summer, including music camps and free events, and the Crested Butte International Film Festival in the early fall. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is one of the most vibrant and varied in the Rockies. Nearby, the charming town of Telluride is also home to a number of festivals.
Local business is booming behind historic storefronts. Enjoy fare of all sorts from pub food to sushi, fine wine tasting to gritty holes-in-the-wall. Nightlife in Crested Butte is a flourishing one: try Eldo - Happy Trails Cafe for live entertainment, or Kochevar's for classic games like pool and darts. Happy hours are abundant - you'll have to pace yourself! Check out fun places to shop and peruse - including fine art galleries and funky mountain shops, a heritage museum, and silly souvenirs. Of course, if you're just searching for a place to enjoy the peaceful wilderness, our homes in the stunning natural beauty of Gunnison will appeal to all your needs.
Crested Butte is a fine town with deep roots and a heritage that runs clear and bright as the Milky Way - which you'll be able to see, by the way, without any obstruction. Who knew such a paradise could be found at 9,000 feet?
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