Crested Butte is a top adventure destination in Colorado, earning one of our top spots for mountain destinations that visitors can enjoy all year long. The Crested Butte – Gunnison area is home to more than 20 alpine lakes, calm rivers, and scenic water routes perfect for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. Blue Mesa Reservoir is a popular kayaking destination with camping. Located just below Schofield Pass is Emerald Lake – a mellow alpine lake with beautiful views. For calm, SUP-friendly waters, visit Slate River, or Lower Gunnison. Check with local shop on water level before you head out. The best time to enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding in Crested Butte is between May and September.
Crested Butte transforms into a top biking getaway in summer with trails spanning hundreds of miles and intertwining with scenic wilderness. Stellar hiking trails are also plentiful right out of town, and hikers will be rewarded with scenic vistas, potential for wildilfe spotting, and wildflowers of every color. Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of Colorado! Complete each adventure with a trip to the historic downtown Crested Butte where dining spots and bars offer stellar happy hour choices!
In winter, the mountain’s 1547 acres of skiable terrain reveals some of Colorado’s steepest ski lines for downhill skiing and snowboarding in winter. Pow days are punctuated by an average snow dump of 234 inches a year.
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