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3 Must-Try Activities in Crested Butte

Discover premier skiing and year-round adventure in Crested Butte, Colorado. Explore hiking, biking, and rock climbing against the backdrop of our charming museum

 Natalie Kowalewski
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3 Must-Try Activities in Crested Butte

As a top premier destination, Colorado is known for skiing, drawing families and solo adventurers with its array of top-notch mountain towns. From thrilling heli-skiing excursions to gentle bunny slopes, the state's ski resorts cater to all skill levels. Moreover, Crested Butte provides year-round adventure opportunities such as hiking, biking, and rock climbing, complemented by its quaint museum. Try these three recommendations on your next visit to Wander Crested Butte

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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  • Distance from Wander Crested Butte: 6 miles 

  • Location: 12 Snowmass Rd, Crested Butte, CO 81225

  • Website: https://www.skicb.com/

Crested Butte, with its 561 acres of double-black-diamond terrain, is a haven for thrill-seekers and expert skiers. Nestled in the charming, no-frills atmosphere of an old-school mining town, it offers an authentic experience far from the bustle of city life. With a highest elevation of 12,162 feet and an average snowfall of 236 inches, Crested Butte boasts some of the best lift-served extreme terrain and mountain biking in the nation.

Whether you're looking for child group lessons to ignite a passion for the mountain or personalized private lessons for individuals or families, Crested Butte has something for everyone, ensuring an unforgettable adventure for all skill levels.

Tip: Check the Events Calendar for events throughout the year!

Crested Butte Museum

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Photo courtesy of the Crested Butte Museum 

  • Distance from Wander Crested Butte: 3.5 miles 

  • Location: 331 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224

  • Hours: 11AM-5:30PM daily

  • Phone: (970) 349-1880

  • Website: https://crestedbuttemuseum.com/

The Crested Butte Museum is a hub of historical preservation, offering engaging experiences that connect visitors to the rich past of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. From educational exhibits to themed walking tours of Elk Avenue, the museum provides a window into the area's mining, ranching, and recreational history dating back to the late 19th century.

While exploring the permanent exhibits, visitors delve into the stories of immigrants who made their home in the mountains, acknowledging the complex history that shaped the community, including the displacement of the Uncompahgre Ute and Tabeguache Ute tribes.

The museum's commitment to stewarding diverse artifacts and narratives ensures that all voices are heard and honored in the ongoing journey of understanding Crested Butte's past.

Tip: Be sure to check out the Events Calendar online for monthly events like Tuesday Trivia and Pub Crawls

Irwin Guides

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  • Distance from Wander Crested Butte: 3.4 miles 

  • Location: 330 Belleview Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224

  • Hours: 8AM-5PM daily (Tour times vary) 

  • Phone: (970) 349-5430

  • Website: https://irwinguides.com/

Irwin Guides offers a diverse range of thrilling adventures tailored for both summer and winter seasons. In the winter, visitors can partake in ice climbing, snowcat skiing, backcountry skiing, and fat tire biking, experiencing the adrenaline rush of exploring Colorado's snowy landscapes.

During the summer months, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking are among the activities available, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the stunning scenery of Crested Butte.

With expert guides, top-notch equipment, and a variety of options for all skill levels, Irwin Guides promises unforgettable outdoor experiences year-round.

Tip: If you are interested in other guided tours in the area, be sure to check out Dragonfly Anglers for fishing excursions and Scenic River Tours Inc for rafting trips.


Need more personalized recommendations around Crested Butte? Our concierge desk is available around the clock to answer your questions about the property and give you travel tips. Just text 737-377-3205!

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