The Last Great Colorado Ski Town…
Crested Butte is a cool town! People in casual clothes meander the sidewalks, commute on mountain bikes and revel in the Colorado sunshine. A genuine sense of hospitality comes from such simple pleasures as wildflower hikes and bicycling through amazing scenery. Walk around the rustic and friendly town with its Victorian ambiance and reflections of turn-of-the-century mining life. Crested Butte or “the Butte”, is known as “The Last Great Colorado Ski Town.”
The downtown business district is like a western movie set come to life in the 21st Century. Colorful buildings, shops, movie theater, and local watering holes make for a terrific Old West welcome. Crested Butte is designated a National Historic District.
It’s easy to get to, just 28 miles from Gunnison Crested Butte Airport at the north end of the Gunnison Valley in the midst of the Elk Mountains.
Drivers from Denver arrive in about four hours and Crested Butte is a must stop when driving through the Rocky Mountains. And once you’re here, there’s a dependable shuttle service between town and Mt. Crested Butte which eliminates the need for a car. There are three miles between the towns and shuttle pick-up points are conveniently located and clearly marked.
Crested Butte’s downtown National Historic District and Mt. Crested Butte’s slopeside shops provide the serious shopper with a wide assortment of merchandise and services.
Crested Butte ranks as one of the Rockies top destinations. Discover unique and stylish gifts, clothing, sports supplies, home made foods, western antiques, novelties and souvenirs. In town, you can find all kinds of convenient commercial services including banks, law firms, print shops, contractors and other professional businesses.
A walk around the historic district is a wonderful alternative activity during your visit. Meet the locals and get the inside scoop about Crested Butte’s favorite places.
Crested Butte boasts more gourmet restaurants than any other Colorado town its size. The amazing diversity and quality of restaurants make dining one of the highlights of any vacation in Crested Butte.
From traditional French to homestyle American, budget burritos to lavish feasts, there’s a restaurant for every palate and budget in Crested Butte.
During busy times of the year, you’ll want to make restaurant reservations before you even arrive here, to make sure you can eat where you want on the night you want.
Where’s the Butte?
Crested Butte lies at the north end of the Gunnison Valley in southwestern Colorado. It is 231 miles southwest of Denver and 28 miles from the Gunnison Crested Butte Airport. Surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest, Rocky Mountain Peaks and rolling ranchland, Crested Butte occupies a gentle valley at 8,885 feet. The town of Mt. Crested Butte is three miles north at the base of the ski resort and has an elevation of 9,350 feet.