About Crested Butte, Colorado
The Town of Crested Butte, Colorado is known for its steep and rocky terrain – whether you’re on skis, snowboard, or mountain bike. Summer mountain biking is nearly unbeatable on notable trails such as the 401 Trail, Lupine Trail, and Snodgrass Trail. Gunnison and Crested Butte are known as a mountain biking heaven with over 750 miles of trails to ride. There’s plenty of hiking, fishing, and snowshoeing in the area too!
Crested Butte is located in a remote valley in Gunnison County, Colorado. In the 1860s and 1870s, coal and silver mines began to open in the surrounding area, and many little mining towns formed. However, when silver mining went into decline, many of these towns failed. However, Crested Butte was in a better position to survive because it served as a supply town to the surrounding area.
Today, the former coal mining town is now called “the last great Colorado ski town.” The main winter activity in Crested Butte is skiing and snowboarding at nearby Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Mount Crested Butte (yes, Mount Crested Butte is technically a separate municipality). Backcountry skiing in the surrounding mountains is some of the finest Colorado has to offer.
The mountain, Crested Butte, rises to 12,162 feet above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet. Fourteen lifts serve 1,058 acres of terrain, nearly half of which are double black diamond runs. The large amount of extreme skiing terrain at Crested Butte has drawn the U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games.
- Gunnison, CO