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Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA
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Crested Butte

Just because this small mountain town has only one stoplight doesn’t mean it can’t serve up some delicious food. For tasty and fast Mexican food, there’s Teocalli Tamale right on the main drag, Elk Street. For hot and cold drinks and a place to browse some books, pop into Rumors Coffee and Tea House, adjoining the Townie Books store. For incredible farm-to-table-style dining, try the Sunflower Deli for dinner. Sweets abound at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and for unique frozen flavors, head to the Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream shop. Even if you hit all of these spots, you’ve only just scratched the surface of what this town has to offer.

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AFAR Contributor
over 4 years ago

The Quaint, Old-World Charm of Crested Butte

Crested Butte is unlike any other Colorado ski town that I have ever been to. The moment you drive in, you can tell this is a special place, protected from becoming over-developed with tourism by its 5 hour haul from Denver (unlike many of the ski areas that are accessible within a couple of hours from the Denver airport).

The town is quaint and the streets are quiet but still lively with a special spirit; residents are friendly and people here really love their way of life, constantly surrounded by the beauty of nature.

The shops are locally owned and restaurants are mom-and-pop and delicious; you won't find a Starbucks in this town. At least, not yet.
AFAR Staff
over 4 years ago

Aspen to Crested Butte Hike

One of the most beautiful hikes I've experienced is the one from Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado. The hike, which takes you from the Aspen side over the West Maroon Pass into Crested Butte, will take you about 6 hours, is 13 miles and about 1,500 feet in elevation. It's not too difficult of a hike, especially when you are surrounded by incredible beauty and scenery, glistening lakes, and all shades of green. Go in August, which is the best time to go. The snow is mostly melted by then, and the wildflowers are all in bloom. You'll see so many white and lavender Rocky Mountain Columbine's, the official flower of the State of Colorado.