You can request a Gunnison-Crested Butte vacaction planner by visiting  To learn a little more about the Gunnison-Crested Butte area take a look at the information below or call 800-814-7988 to speak with a local. The Crested Butte Visitor Center is located at the 4-Way Stop (601 Elk Ave) in this Registered National Historic District which was also proclaimed the "Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado" in 1989. is an invaluable resource with online booking deals, activities, events, and pictures!

The expansive Gunnison National Forest is home to Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski Area and in non-winter months offers extensive hiking and mountain biking trails. Crested Butte is also the birthplace of mountain biking unless you are talking to someone from Marin County, California, and is home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Four Wilderness Areas offer unforgettable scenic horseback rides with seasoned and knowledgeable outfitters. You can even do an overnight or day trip across the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area to Aspen! If you want to learn how to ride, participate in a riding clinic at the Green Mesa Ranch. Nearby sister town Gunnison is also home to Colorado' s oldest and longest running rodeo, Cattlemen's Days, held in July every year, celebrating 107 years in 2007. Visit the Official Site above for more information.  

Rafting, Kayaking and Boating on Big Blue Mesa

Whitewater enthusiasts in rafting and kayaking have been coming to run local rivers and streams for years. The Gunnison River Valley is said to be one of Colorado ’s wettest, which means lots of whitewater fun for you, your friends and family. Try the Taylor River for class III and IV whitewater or the Gunnison River for a more gentle ride through Class II. River trips range from half day to full day excursions and can include lunch. There are trips suitable for all ages using a variety of local outfitters to get you set up. 

Bring your own toys or stop by the Elk Creek Marina in the Currecanti National Recreation Area and rent pontoon boats, fishing boats and ski boats to enjoy time on Colorado's largest body of water with over 92 miles of scenic shoreline. The Blue Mesa within the Currecanti National Recreation Area offers spectacular rock formations and interesting geography as you venture up secluded canyons. Fishing is also great on Blue Mesa where lake trout, brown trout and many other varieties of fish can be found. The Blue Mesa is also home to the country's largest kokanee salmon fishery! Get out in  clean mountain air and enjoy time on the lake!

Visit the Official Site for more information.     


Surrounded by millions of acres of public land with cascading waterfalls, hiking in the "Wildflower Capitol" and Gunnison' s National Parks and Slickrock formations should be a part of any summer vacation itinerary. You can start on hiking trails right out of town in both Crested Butte and Gunnison and whether you like flat easy paved trails, moderate inclines or steep mountain climbing you will definitely find it all here. Visit the Official Site for more details and check out the trails report and the grading system for a variety of trails in the Gunnison Valley.

Skiing & Riding

Spectacular vistas, off-piste areas, primo groomers, bluebird days, champagne powder, bright sunshine and world-class skiing, and boarding in terrain parks and half pipes are some of the main ingredients that make a trip to Crested Butte Mountain Resort worthwhile! The ski area has invested 24+ milis under major renovations and the quality of grooming is second to none. About the only thing that has not changed around the ski area is the great town , dubbed Colorado' s Last Great Ski Town .

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Ice Skating 

Right in town at the Crested Butte Nordic Center you can rent cross country skis or take a lesson and head out on over 45 kilometers of picture perfect groomed trails or head out in to pristine back country. Snowshoe rentals are also available to utilize the trail system and rent skates and get out on the Town Rink for some family fun! Visit the Official Site for more information.