Distance – 227 Miles
Time From Denver – 4 Hours
The Route – A few options… The fastest option is 285 South to Gunnison then up 135 to CB. From BV you could take Cottonwood Pass if it is open. A slightly longer but very senic route would be 70 west to Leadville > BV > Cottonwood Pass > Crested Butte. Check Google!
Nights – 2 Nights
Pit Stops – Leadville & Buena Vista
Photo-Ops – Twin Lakes, Cottonwood Pass, Lake
Sleeping Arrangements: Under The Stars or Airbnb
Since falling in love with CB last summer we have made 3 trips and plan to head back again this fall. Here is a quick run down of everywhere to go and then a longer story about our first trip to CB!
Where to Eat
Breakfast: If you’re headed up the mountain or looking for a yummy quick breakfast head to the Gas Cafe . Don’t be deterred by the fact that this is literally inside a gas station the breakfast sandwiches are amazing. Perfect for a hangover. For a coffee & a pastry or a quick to go meal downtown head to Mountain Oven. For brunch on a patio, we loved Coal Creek Grill.
Lunch: Mountain Over and The Daily Dose also offer grab and go menu items perfect to take on a hike, as do the Gas Cafe.
Dinner: Secret Stash, hand down my favorite pizza in Colorado and I eat A LOT of pizza. We always order The Woodward and the “Big Ass Margarita” it’s the perfect meal. A trip to CB is not complete until you eat here. The secret stash sister restaurant, Bonez, also serves great Mexican dishes and delicious margs.
Sweets: Ice cream from Third Bowl or a yummy pastry from Wildflower Sweets under the Secret Stash.
Sunday Farmers Market – Sunday is the farmers market along Elk Avenue (main street) with lots and lots of Vendors so you can
What to Do
Shop: The Gypsy Wagon – this Texas transplant has amazing woman’s clothing and accessories as well as home goods and gifts. For more clothing (teens to 30s) check out Retail Therapy. For sporting goods and outdoors gear check out Dragonfly Anglers, Alpineer and Chopwood Mercantile.
Hikes: From the little town of Gothic there are some great hikes. Judd Falls is a super easy hike that takes you through wildflower fields to a beautiful waterfall. For a longer hike near Gothic check out Rustlers Gultch.
Another short hike is Long Lake. There are 2 ways to get to the lake. You can take the longer super easy trail (road) or go straight up, and I mean straight up. Once you reach the lake you will see beautiful wildflowers and a beach for swimming!
Kebler Pass is drop-dead gorgeous. Scarpes Ridge loop is a great hike with some steep elevation gains but gives you spectacular views. Pay close attention to the LOOP as we missed the right side trail and did the very vertical descent as our ascent.
Travel Crested Butte has really great guides to all the hikes in the area!
Any outdoor activity you can think of CB has it! We are planning a Ski trip for this year so yall posted on that!
Where to Stay
Airbnb – As always if we are going to stay inside we prefer to Airbnb. For a wedding this summer we found this adorable cabin right off Elk Avenue. Unless you are skiing I would opt to stay in town. Actually, even if I was skiing I would stay in town because the transport around town and to the Mountain Village is super convenient and free!