Where is Crested Butte?
Hi Y’all. One does not stumble upon Crested Butte, Colorado. It is 30 miles north of Gunnison and is tucked high in the mountains at almost 9,000 feet making it remote and not a drive-by town.
Two summers ago I was camping on the opposite side of the mountains from Crested Butte and decided to go check the town out. In all the years that I’d lived in Colorado I had never been.
Exploring the Town
So one morning I drove into Crested Butte and found an adorable coffee shop at the north end of Elk Avenue. It is a little rustic place that serves coffee, yummy pastries and other breakfast items. I love finding local coffee shops when I visit a new town. I get a good feel of the locals that way. Incidentally, Elk Avenue is where a large percentage of the shops and restaurants are located. However, take the time to stroll down the side streets too.
But First, Coffee
After my coffee and croissant, I headed down the street and wandered around town. The love affair started! I fell in love with the quaintness and the people. I knew right then that I wanted to spend a week exploring this cool place. And I did just that this past June!
I camped at a small RV resort off of Highway 135 a little south of town with my husband and Scout the Beagle. I love the outdoors and all, but I also love electricity, hot water and a toilet! The resort overlooks the Slate River, which you can walk down to and also fly fish.
The first night, a Friday, my husband and I went into town for a quick bite. The locals were out mixed with visitors like me. It was a great scene! The locals were dressed up in all kinds of getups as part of Bike Week. Crested Butte holds the Oldest Bike Festival in the World for a week each June. So we hit it just right and were lucky to find a table on the patio at Brick Oven Pizzeria. We sat there and watched everyone having fun. That’s what I look for when I go to these small mountain towns for dinner. I want a place to eat and drink that has a lively atmosphere. What a fun night!
Every day I would head back into town to explore the streets and shops. The shops are varied and affordable. You can find everything from office supplies to mountain gear to essential oils to just about anything you might need. There are lots of local restaurants too, which I prefer over chains. One morning we had breakfast at McGill’s and the food was really good. You might have to wait for a table but it is worth it! We ate dinner at the Secret Stash Pizzeria another night. Grab a table on the patio if you can. Yes, I love pizza and could eat it everyday!
The rest of the time I explored the areas outside of Crested Butte. The mountains are beautiful and the valleys are full of wildflowers, trails and animals. Trails are also plentiful in town and connect to surrounding neighborhoods. It appears that locals bike everywhere in the summer months as a lot of the homes have bike racks out front. I’ve never seen that before.
Crested Butte is the Wildflower Capital of Colorado and holds an annual festival to celebrate in early July. Check out the festival website here. If you visit Crested Butte in the winter, Mt. Crested Butte is just a short drive north of town and has a small ski village.
Love Crested Butte
I really enjoyed Crested Butte and look forward to going back some day. Look for a future post on Brush Creek Trail, just outside of Crested Butte. I hiked it several days and it’s amazing!
If you want further information about Crested Butte, check out the Chamber’s website at www.cbchamber.com.
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