Colorado's Mountain Town
Crested Butte is the kind of town that makes visitors wonder: how can I live here? A historic mining town founded in 1880, Crested Butte eventually evolved from a mining town to an idyllic mountain destination, including the opening of Crested Butte Mountain Resort in the early 1960s.
A massive pyramid forged of granite, Crested Butte Mountain splits the clouds as it pierces the sky. In winter, the ski resort is known for its steep, adventurous terrain where even the best skiers and snowboarders can push their limits. Of course, there are mellow runs ending with hot chocolate and cold beer, too.
In the summer, mountain bikers, hikers, and sight-seers ascend that same mountain by lift or on foot. The bike park is a draw for locals and guests alike.
The iconic town of Crested Butte is renowned for its funky character and fierce independence alongside its jaw-dropping beauty and vast, wild terrain. There are still no traffic lights in town, and independently-owned businesses still outnumber corporations. Locals are known to holler “Slow Down!” if you disobey the 15-mile-per-hour speed limit, and bicycles are more prevalent (and convenient) than vehicles.
Pastel buildings and nostalgic architecture reflect the town’s designation as a National Historic District. The bright colors are also a reflection of the wildflower blooms that earned Crested Butte the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” moniker.
Unlike other cookie-cutter towns, Crested Butte might not be for everyone. But those who discover and embrace its unique character and wild nature may never want to leave.