Crested Butte Summer 2023 Tip Sheet and Story Starters

05 May 2023

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Julie Block 
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Summer Operating Details
  • Daily: June 17-Sept. 4 
  • Sat. & Sun.: Sept. 4-Sept. 24 
  • Hiking and scenic chairlift rides via the Red Lady Express and Silver Queen Express 
  • Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park & bike haul via the Red Lady Express 
  • High-alpine archery course 
  • Two disc golf courses 
  • Adventure Park activities including the bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and gem panning 
  • Kids’ Summer Camps 
  • Twilight Hours until 7 p.m. (6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28) 
  • Live! At Mt. Crested Butte summer concert series (6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9) 
  • Pinnacle mountain bike race series (6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28) 
  • 4th of July celebration 
  • Living Journeys Summit Hike, Half Marathon & 10K Trail Run (7/29) 
  • The Grand Traverse (9/2) 
  • Chili & Beer Festival (9/9) 
*All operating dates, activities and events are weather-dependent and are subject to change. 
Located in southwest Colorado, a 4.5-hour drive from Denver and within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountains, Crested Butte is the untamed destination at the end of the road.?The resort lies in the town of Mt. Crested Butte, two miles from the town of Crested Butte. The area was originally settled in the 1880s as a mining supply camp and still reflects this era in its architecture. Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park is located within the ski area boundary. 
Summer Paradise Found 
As the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte doesn’t shy away from beauty and postcard-worthy scenery. Our small mountain town at the end of the road is surrounded by 1.7 million acres of National Forest, which leaves visitors and locals alike with innumerable adventures to be had. With the dramatic scenery of Paradise Divide, rolling hills dotted with flowers of every color, and the charm of downtown Crested Butte, this is truly paradise found. 
Best Known For
Eighty percent of the land surrounding Crested Butte Mountain Resort is open space. The town itself boasts one of Colorado's largest National Historic Districts. In 1990, the Colorado Legislature designated Crested Butte as the official “Wildflower Capital of Colorado.” The area was one of the birthplaces of mountain biking, along with Marin County, Calif. Old Schwinn bikes were being transformed into bikes with wider tires for more rugged terrain and the potholes that lined Elk Avenue (the town’s main street). Additionally, Crested Butte was certified as a Creative District in the summer of 2016, joining 17 other districts in the state of Colorado. The Creative District Certification process focuses on defining specific geographic areas that can attract artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community, infuse new energy and innovation, and enhance economic and civic capital. 
Trails, Trails, Trails 
Looking for a challenge? Hike, bike or trail run on CBMR’s vast trail network between the base area and the peak of Mount Crested Butte. Thirty-plus miles of singletrack at CBMR complement the more than 750 miles open to mountain biking in the Gunnison Valley. With a little help from the Silver Queen Lift, hikers also are offered an extremely unique opportunity to summit the iconic, 12,162-foot Mt. Crested Butte in just two hours! 
Scenic Chairlift Rides 
Trails not your thing? For a little more laid back of an approach, simply take a scenic chairlift ride. Soak in the best views in the Gunnison Valley via either the Red Lady or Silver Queen Express lifts.  
Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park 
Crested Butte is known as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking, and enthusiasm for the sport continues today throughout the Gunnison Valley. The Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park was established at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in 2009. Since the beginning, it has been designed to meet the needs of all riders — from beginners on two wheels to gravity experts. The Bike Park has a diverse network of trails that offer both lift-served downhill and cross-country rides that connect to some of the legendary rides in and around Crested Butte. The Bike Park also offers services such as demo bike rentals. Lift-served biking is provided via the Red Lady Express. 
  • Skills Zone: The pump track?in the base area includes small berms and flowy rollers to get riders comfortable on varied terrain. A second Skills Zone is at the top of the Red Lady Express, with slightly bigger features for riders before descending the trails. 
  • 30+ Miles of Lift-Served Singletrack: In the summer season, the Red Lady Express allows guests to explore gorgeous Mt. Crested Butte. The chairlift shuttles hikers, mountain bikers, archers and disc golfers to mid-mountain where numerous single-track and hiking trails can be accessed, along with our disc golf and archery courses. 
Twilight Rides
Back this year as a guest favorite, CBMR is bringing back Twilight Hours on Friday, June 30th, as well as every Friday night in July, so hikers and bikers can enjoy the mountain via the Red Lady Express even later to kick off the weekend. Twilight Hours go until 7 p.m. 

The Adventure Park 
Families love CBMR’s Adventure Park. Whether rock climbing or casually panning for gems, the Adventure Park is the ultimate spot for family fun. The bungee trampolines provide a turbo-charged, gravity-defying ride up to 30 feet in the air, while the climbing wall features a 28-foot-tall tower with auto-belay. 
Summer Camps for Kids  
  • Camp CB: Camp CB offers quality childcare and memorable summertime experiences. For ages 5-8, the Camp CB Adventure Camp program is designed for kids wanting to explore beautiful Mt. Crested Butte as they build authentic friendships and lifelong memories with other kids their age. Campers will participate in an array of activities including chairlift rides, nature hikes, Adventure Park activities, arts & crafts, games, sports and more. Camp CB runs from June 12-Aug. 18. 
  • Mini Riders: The Mini Riders program is designed for young riders ages 5 and 6 years old who can ride a pedal bike and are looking to build a foundation of skills that will transport them enthusiastically and safely into the sport of mountain biking. That program is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 13-Aug.17.    
  • Mountain Adventures: Mountain Adventures for children ages 7-14 will be based out of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and will include off-mountain activities. Experience our mountains, rivers, lakes, crags, trails, and scenery from river raft, by foot, on a mountain bike, on a paddle board, with a fly-rod in hand, or high on a cliff, ropes course or chairlift. Mountain Adventures will run from June 12-Aug. 18.  
For more information on kids’ summer programs, visit our website. 
3D Archery Course 
To align with the incredible hunting opportunities within the Gunnison Valley, CBMR offers a 20-target archery course at the top of the Red Lady Express for archers to practice their skills all summer long. Lifelike 3-D targets of mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, fox, coyote and elk are set amongst the beautiful mountain landscape in a format that appeals to all ability levels. The loop from the lift covers approximately 1.5 miles and returns archers to the top of the chairlift, where they can download back to the base area. Archers are required to bring their own equipment and sign a waiver at the Treasury Ticket office. Guests can then hike or ride the Red Lady Express to the sight-in range. The archery course is free.  
Disc Golf Courses 
CBMR’s disc golf course, 10-3 @ CB, is named after the course’s high-alpine elevation of 10,300 feet. It’s 18 holes of pure fun for beginners and seasoned players alike. The course begins at the top of the Red Lady Express and meanders to within easy strolling distance of the base area. In addition, CBMR offers a short course accessed from the top of the Red Lady Express with amazing views of Mt. Crested Butte. The course loops back to the Red Lady Express once you have completed your round. Guests must bring their own discs. 
Summer Dining 
  • Butte 66 Bar & Grille: The best place in the base area for smokehouse barbecue with a lively après scene. Butte 66 features house-smoked meats, a craft beer lineup complemented with hand-crafted cocktails, and exceptionally friendly service.  
  • Woodstone Grille: Guests will love this spot to pick up a quick breakfast on their way from the parking lot or bus to the chairlift. Located inside the Grand Lodge, Woodstone offers a variety of grab-and-go options along with espresso drinks. 
  • Coal Breaker Coffee Co.: Located conveniently in the Treasury Center, Coal Breaker is a great place to fuel up before hitting the bike park. Coal Breaker’s menu includes breakfast sandwiches, pastries, espresso beverages, and seasonally rotating smoothies. 
  • Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks: Back for summer for the first time since 2019! The Umbrella Bar sits at the top of the Painter Boy chairlift, offering signature views of the Gunnison Valley and a variety of food options for the whole family. 
Adaptive Sports Center 
The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) of Crested Butte provides year-round outdoor recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families, including one of the only downhill mountain biking programs in the world for people with disabilities. ASC instructors guide and assist participants down the mountain. Choose to explore wide and easy trails or head out on the singletrack and learn to negotiate more challenging terrain including rock piles and logjams. 
This?high adventure?activity focuses on increasing strength and self-confidence, as well as establishing good adaptive biking techniques. ASC also has an extensive summer program with activities including boating, cycling, rock climbing and horseback riding. For more information about ASC, visit 
Easy Access from Gunnison Airport 
Travelers have the option to fly direct to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) on United in the summer months from Houston (IAH) and Denver (DEN). The Gunnison airport is located just 29 miles south of Crested Butte. 
Where to Stay 
  • Lodge at Mountaineer Square: Located in the heart of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area – just steps from the ski lifts, hiking and biking as well as shopping, ski area services and restaurants – Mountaineer Square is an excellent “base camp” for summer mountain getaways. The Lodge at Mountaineer square features luxurious accommodations and impeccable guest service, and the Mountaineer Conference Center is suitable for events for up to 500 guests. Guests can choose from one-, two-, or three-bedroom condos, studio rooms or hotel rooms. The Lodge even has a four-bedroom penthouse suite with breathtaking, aerial views of the valley. Amenities include enclosed heated parking, a business center, a fitness center, a sauna, hot tub, and a heated indoor/outdoor pool. The Lodge is just 100 yards from the Red Lady Express Lift. 
  • The Grand Lodge: The Grand Lodge Hotel and Suites is only 200 yards from the slopes and offers exceptional amenities including the Wildflower Spa, an indoor/outdoor heated pool, a hot tub, steam room, and a business center. The Grand Lodge is directly across from the main Transit Center, which provides free shuttle service to the town of Crested Butte. This full-service hotel features 228 spacious rooms and suites, most with resort kitchenettes, and 5,000 square feet of meeting space.  
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) 
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts' subsidiaries currently operate 40 destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain, Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the Rock Resorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is


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