Crested Butte, CO, USA

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Crested Butte, CO, USA

Crested Butte vacation rentals

Crested Butte—2 for the price of 1

There aren't many places that can claim to be 'the capital' of 2 prime outdoor sports. But Crested Butte can. Its 12,000-foot cone-shaped peak is as much loved by skiers when blanketed in snow, as it is by mountain bikers, when swathed in summer's blanket of wildflowers. And the seasonal hordes of thrill-seeking skiers and bikers find plenty of room to express themselves on the mountain's iconic slopes. Those booking Crested Butte vacation rentals will also find a charming historic town with an easy-going vibe. Its hip restaurants, funky shops, and cool film and music festivals are legendary.

From extreme skiing to saddleback idling at Crested Butte

There's a host of sports to delight in when staying at this winter-thrills wonderland. But extreme skiing has most defined Crested Butte's scene. There are hundreds of acres of jagged slope set aside for the skiing hardcore, as well as miles of broad curving trails to satisfy the need-for-speed crowd. In summer, you're never far from a snaking alpine bike trail in a resort that practically invented mountain biking. But there are other challenges to conquer, too. Rock climbing, white-water rafting, and horseback riding all provide alternate angles on Crested Butte's inspiring outdoors spectacle.

Culture and color in Crested Butte

Many of the best-located Crested Butte vacation rentals lie on its mountain-top resort—but don't neglect lodgings in town. At the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, you can explore an intriguing backstory that includes silver and coal mining. Or you can take in a play at the Crested Butte Mountain Theater. If you're here in spring, then a drive up the Kebler Pass is a must. This is the Wildflower Capital of the West and the sweeping colors of the mountain meadows—alight with Indian paintbrush and columbine—are a real heart-leap moment.

Crested Butte—long in winter, bold in summer

It's no surprise that this capital of extreme skiing has winters of seemingly endless frozen potential. Book a Crested Butte cabin from November through March, and you'll have 300 inches of snow to play with—whether on a snowboard or skis. Come the spring and it's time to switch to 2 wheels, but remember that it takes time for snows to thaw. The higher mountain trails don't open until July. It's worth the wait, though. Bikers, hikers, and tourers are rewarded with vivid swathes of mauve, blue, and saffron this month.

Nature center-stage at Crested Butte

It may be the elegant pinnacle of Crested Butte itself that draws the eye, but this Colorado town is surrounded by natural spectacle. The town lies at the head of Gunnison Valley, just west of the mountain, while the resort itself—where many Crested Butte vacation rentals are found—is higher up at 9,100 feet. The Gunnison National Forest covers all this area and more. It is a natural playground of meadows, mountain, and glaciers. Pause long enough on its trails and you may hear the wail of a coyote or see a mountain lion slink by.