Crested Butte doesn’t have the flashy main street of other Colorado mountain towns like Telluride or Aspen. Although it was intended to be a mining town, Crested Butte never struck the precious metals that some of these other mountain sites throughout the state found. Instead, it relied on an economy based around coal. Instead, Crested Butte preserved its laid-back, down-to-earth vibe.
On the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte lies in a vast valley that serves as the foreground to a backdrop of 14,000-foot peaks. The area is a world-class destination for mountain biking, fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking, skiing and overall outdoor adventure. And while Crested Butte is by no means undiscovered, it remains largely off the radar of crowds heading to Summit County and Colorado’s Front Range. Its location four hours southwest of Denver and minutes from the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport make it a viable alternative to Colorado’s more popular eastern towns.