December 11, 2017

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Crested Butte, Colorado

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Located in the East River Valley of Colorado, Crested Butte, like many other western Colorado towns, was originally inhabited by the Ute Indians as their summer residence. In the 1800’s white settlers began to populate the area. First came beaver trappers and then surveyors like Captain John Gunnison, after whom Gunnison County is named. During the 1860s and 70s, coal and silver mining led to the creation of Crested Butte, which served as a supply town to the surrounding areas.

As the coal mines began to close, Crested Butte suffered and did not truly revive until the building of the ski area on Crested Butte Mountain in the 1960s. Today, one of Colorado’s largest National Historic Districts, Crested Butte is known as “Colorado’s last great ski town” and is one of the few towns that has retained its small-town charm. There are no street lights or chain stores in Crested Butte. Here you find yourself in an unspoiled mountain setting away from the hustle and bustle of every-day life.

Visitors can stroll along the Victorian storefronts in town or explore the varied terrain of the mountain and state-of-the-art services and amenities of the nearby resort.  A free shuttle connects the two. The town also boasts a rich history, diverse recreational amenities, fine dining and lodging, and an array of cultural venues.