Crested Butte

Elk Avenue at night, Crested Butte, Colorado

Authentic, friendly and free of crowds, CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO is a quaint 1880s mining town and designated National Register Historic District. Colorful Victorian buildings buzz with exceptional eateries, fun nightspots, sophisticated galleries, theaters, a museum, and unique shopping venues.

The town embraces winter with events built from a special formula of costumes, snow sports, music and a big dose of enthusiasm. A ski jump in the middle of downtown?  It happens during Big Air on Elk. The annual Alley Loop is the highest-altitude Nordic skiing marathon in the U.S. and certainly the most exuberant. Crested Butte Nordic is located right in the heart of town and Crested Butte Mountain Resort is just three miles north.

Named to the Top 12 Small-Town ArtPlaces in America in 2013, the town is host to the six-week Crested Butte Music Festival, free outdoor Alpenglow concerts, ArtWalk evenings, Crested Butte Arts Festival and so much more. Center for the Arts Crested Butte offers a year-round schedule of performances, classes, and art exhibitions.

Designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the Colorado State Legislature in 1990, visitors witness nature’s explosion of color amid lush landscapes during the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Be sure to bring your camera!

Biking is a way of life here, whether riding on skinny tires, fat tires or a bike with one gear. Crested Butte is one of the birthplaces of mountain biking, and Crested Butte Bike Week not only is the oldest mountain biking festival in the world it now celebrates all types of biking. Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte is host to the 2014 USA Pro Cycling Challenge for a third year, showcasing its die-hard passion for cycling.

After a day of exploring the outdoors on bike, foot or horseback, whet your appetite with endless culinary delights! Taste of Crested Butte highlights the best of the dining scene, and Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival’s wine seminars and Celebrity Chef Tour dinners are a must. Savor Epicurean delights during the Tour de Forks gourmet dining series and shop the Crested Butte Farmers’ Market for regional produce and treats. Unique eateries are plentiful, and sample locally made rum and microbrews.

There is a gold rush in fall when the aspen leaves show their autumn majesty. The People’s Fair, Crested Butte Film Festival and more fill the September Splendor calendar. Or take a picturesque fall drive along the West Elk Scenic & Historic Byway.

Whatever the season, visitors are greeted with an amazing array of one-of-a-kind festivals, events, lodging, dining, recreation and live performances.

While you're in town, be sure to stop by the Visitor Information Center at the four-way stop. Or request an official Vacation Planner.