Crested Butte, Colorado

5 Things to Do in Crested Butte, CO

January 12, 2022

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If you’ve never visited Crested Butte, this is your sign to add it to your travel bucket list. Crested Butte is a mountain town (population 1,339) nestled in the heart of the Rockies. Ready to experience a magical small town with incredible views everywhere you turn? Crested Butte is the place for you. Check out these 5 things to do on your next trip to Crested Butte, Colorado!

Breakfast at Butte Bagels

First, breakfast. I’ve had a lot of bagels in my life, but this Crested Butte breakfast spot takes the cake for the best bagel sandwich I have ever had. Butte Bagels makes their bagels fresh from scratch every day. Their menu has over 15 bagel sandwiches to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. Be prepared to wait in line, but Butte Bagels is worth it!

Rent a Snowmobile

Feeling adventurous? Try out snowmobiling for a whole new view of the mountains. We used CB Motor Sports for a 2-hour rental that took us on a groomed path to Lake Irwin. Bundle up, bring your own goggles, and double up on socks! The mountain is beautiful but the cold is brutal. Bring a camera, too!

Grab Coffee at Camp 4 Coffee

Coffee lovers, warm up with a cup of joe from Camp 4 Coffee located just of the main street in downtown Crested Butte. It’s a small place serving up strong coffee that will recharge you for the rest of your visit. Voted “Best cup of joe in CB” by Crested Butte News.

Shop in Downtown Crested Butte

Stroll down Elk Avenue and pop in to any and all of the gift shops and boutiques. To be honest, I could have shopped all day on my trip! Shops range from general stores with tacky souvenirs to upscale clothing and decor stores. My favorite shopping stops? Favor the Kind and Townie Books.

Chow Down at Secret Stash Pizza

Being the pizza lover that I am, Secret Stash Pizza was a must. Located right on Elk Avenue, it’s equal parts convenient and delicious after a long day of exploring downtown. Sit at the bar and order a “Big Ass Margarita” (that’s really what it’s called) or opt for a table in the basement for a darker, more intimate setting to devour your slices.

Seasonal Tip: NYE Torchlight Parade

If you’re lucky enough to visit during the holidays, make sure you stick around for the New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade. What better way to ring in the new year than watching a firework show and torchlight parade down a mountain? During my visit, the parade was cancelled due to too much snowfall, but even the fireworks were incredible. Pro Tip: Get the best view from the Butte 66 patio.

Seasonal Tip: Summer Wildflowers

Although I haven’t yet been to Crested Butte in the summer, I’ve heard enough about the wildflowers to know it’s worth a visit. Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of Colorado, so you know they must be good! Plan your summer visit for June or July to take advantage of peak wildflower season.

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