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Crested Butte Area

Taylor River Ranger District- The Taylor River Ranger District encompasses the portion of the Gunnison National Forest north of Gunnison and Blue Mesa Reservoir. It includes the area around Crested Butte and the Taylor River drainage.

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Description - Most visitors come to the wilds of Crested Butte for the skiing. Mt. Crested Butte provides some of the best and arduous skiing terrain in Colorado. During the summer months meadows of wildflowers attract visitors to the area. (Crested Butte is designated 'Wildflower Capital of Colorado' and a festival is held each July.) Crested Butte is also a great place to see the fall colors of the flora. (The largest living entity in the world lives on Kebler Pass in the form of an Aspen grove.)

Recreation - The mountains surrounding Crested Butte provide endless entertainment for outdoor enthusiasts. During the summer months hiking, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding and camping opportunities abound. Visitors and locals alike enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, backcountry skiing and snowmobiling.

Climate - The elevation of Crested Butte, 8,885 feet, contributes significantly to the weather and amount of precipitation the area receives. Winters are long with some of the most severe snow storms arriving in March. Heavy snowfall in April and early May doesn't surprise the locals who have seen snow on the fourth of July. The temperatures can reach negative digits on winter nights and single digits during the day. If its not snowing its usually sunny; the region gets very few cloudy, snow less days.

Location - Crested Butte is nestled in the Gunnison National Forest and surrounded by 13,000 foot mountains. Coal Creek runs through Crested Butte and joins the slate river north of town. During the winter months Highway 135 is the only route out of town. It leads south to Gunnison, which is 35 miles away. In late May Kebler Pass opens and provides a short cut through the National Forest to Paonia. (Kebler Pass Road is not paved.)

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Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1288 , Crested Butte, CO, 81224, Phone: 800-545-4505

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Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
Colorado Ski Areas - Colorado is home to some of the world's best downhill skiing and snowboarding. The terrain varies greatly both between the areas and within them. The extremely light and dry snow makes a good powder day truly something to remember.

Crested Butte Community Website - Information about community events, weather, accomodations and real estate.
Discover the Real West - This site provides all types of information, including current weather, recreation, lodging, etc., for many communities on Colorado's western slope.


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