TOWN OF CRESTED BUTTE


The quaint and historic town of Crested Butte was established in 1878 and originated as a coal mining town. Between the 1950s and 1960s, the last mine closed down, and the ski resort that we still enjoy today opened. Known as “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town,” Crested Butte sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet, and is located 3 miles from the world class skiing Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers.


Approximately 1,500 people live in Crested Butte year-round, and the picturesque town attracts visitors from around the world, including skiers and snowboarders, mountain bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts.


Real estate in Downtown Crested Butte, both commercial and residential, is the most expensive in the valley. The majority of homes in town are single-family homes, with a mix of historic and renovated houses that remain from the mining days, and newer built homes with more modern designs that still honor the mountain home style consistent with the rest of the homes in town. In some pockets of town, condos and townhomes can also be found. The ability to easily walk or bike everywhere in town, and the proximity to the award-winning K-12 public school as well as amenities, shops and restaurants, make Downtown Crested Butte extremely desirable, which in turn results in consistently high property values.


The charming main street, Elk Avenue, has a classic ski town feel with colorful buildings old and new, and it hosts a wide selection of restaurants, bars, retail shops, art galleries, a rum distillery, and more. The town also features a Nordic Center, an ice rink, several parks with playgrounds, and the newly renovated Center for the Arts, offering a year-round schedule of live music, dance and theater performances, art exhibits, speakers and more.


Crested Butte hosts a variety of unique festivals and events throughout the year. Some of these include Crested Butte Bike Week, the Crested Butte Music Festival, the Crested Butte International Film Festival, the 4th of July weekend festivities including a parade and live music, the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, the Alpenglow free summer concert series, and Arts Fair Weekend. There is also a popular weekly farmer’s market in the summer months.


The free shuttle that runs between Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte year-round makes it easy to travel up and down the mountain regardless of where you live or stay. There is also free bus service from town to other nearby residential areas including Skyland, Crested Butte South, Almont, and even Gunnison.


A few more unique things about Crested Butte include the fact that there are no traffic lights in town, no high-rise buildings, and no chain establishments in the entire town. Crested Butte is also the Wildflower Capital of Colorado.


Crested Butte’s K-12 community school, and the Crested Butte High School, consistently rank among the top public schools in Colorado. In 2019, the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings listed CBCS as the fifth best high school in Colorado.