Crested Butte is nicknamed “the last great Colorado ski town”. With a population of around 1,500 it welcomes many winter visitors for its excellent skiing while summer visitors can enjoy the stunning scenery, wildflowers and hiking trails.
Crested Butte holiday rentals have a great deal to offer visitors looking to enjoy this beautiful area of Colorado. The area has been designated the wildflower capital of Colorado and it puts on a stunning display in the alpine meadows in early summer. Hiking, mountain biking, wildlife spotting, horseback riding, ATVing and scenic drives are a great way to get around and enjoy the beautiful unspoilt area. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, 4x4 driving, disc golf, rock climbing and fishing are also popular. In winter, the main activities are skiing and snowboarding. Crested Butte offers some of the best backcountry skiing in Colorado with a ski base area of 9,375 feet (2,858m). The availability of extreme skiing allows it to host the US Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games. It also has many miles of groomed cross-country trails and the Nordic Centre in the town centre has an ice skating rink.
Crested Butte is home to many artisans whose galleries showcase their work around the town. Enjoy visiting the studios of painters, woodworkers, blacksmiths, photographers, stained glass artisans, jewellery-makers and potters who all live and work in this inspiring area. Other places to visit from your Crested Butte holiday cabin include the famous resort of Aspen, the hot springs at Waunita and the natural attractions within Gunnison National Forest.
Crested Butte holiday rentals experience warm sunny summers and cold winters with plenty of snowfalls. Temperatures reach an average 90°F (32°C) in July and August with occasional rainy days. The wettest month in this area is May when it can be muddy with the melting snow. In winter, daytime temperatures drop to just above freezing, and down to 21°F (-6°C) or colder at night. The area has plenty of snowfall from late November to April.
The nearest local airport serving holiday rentals in Crested Butte is Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional (GUC) airport which is about 23 miles away. For international visitors, the nearest airport is Denver International (DEN) Airport which is about 250 miles away. Airlines serving Denver Airport include American Airlines, Air Canada, JetBlue, British Airways, Delta, Frontier, Iberia and US Airways with regular flights from London Heathrow, Vancouver, Toronto and most major US cities. Visitors can make a connection to Crested Butte airport or pick up a hire car and drive to the area. Allow around 5 hours for this scenic journey through the Rocky Mountains.