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Crested Butte: Outdoor Activities in the Summer

When you come to Crested Butte in the summer, you will see why it is not just the number one ski town in the state. You will get a chance to witness one of the truly remarkable wonders of nature as you find out why the town has been named the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. The meadows and hillsides come alive in the summer, with wildflowers creating an incredible tapestry of colors.

Yet the landscape is just the icing on the cake of this delectable feast of summer fun that is Crested Butte! First, the mountains themselves provide outdoor recreation that is unmatched anywhere else. The summer begins with mountain bike racing that brings serious bikers from around the globe to this small Colorado town.

Outdoor Activities in Crested Butte

Watching bikers speeding on centuries old trails that wrap and wind through the mountains is something that you just have to see and do for yourself. But if biking is not your thing, the mountains are also a playground for hiking and mountain climbing on some of the highest peaks in the country.

After you have explored the mountainous landscape, it is time to get in the water and enjoy some of the greatest outdoor water adventures you will find anywhere! The Gunnison River Festival offers visitors a smorgasbord of water activities. Take part in swimming competitions, whitewater rafting at Gunnison Whitewater Park, drift down the Gunnison River in a canoe or on a kayak, or try your hand at stand up paddle boarding!

Yet no summer in Crested Butte is complete without taking part in the Kokanee salmon run. The Gunnison River is full of great catches, boasting the largest concentration of fresh river trout in Colorado. Nearby you can go windsurfing, water skiing, boating, or sailing at the enormous Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Once you have done all of that, there is still more to do! Step into the Old West by visiting one of the many horse ranches in Crested Butte for horseback riding while you take in the spectacular Colorado wilderness. Then stop in town to celebrate the culture of the West with rodeos, parades, dances, and live concerts that round out a full and exciting summer in Crested Butte!

When you choose Crested Butte as your home, all of this and more will be just minutes from your front door. Learn more by connecting today!