One of Colorado’s best-kept secrets, Crested Butte is one of the most amazing little mountain towns you could ever hope to visit during vacation. No matter the time of year, summer or winter, Crested Butte is an exciting hub for recreational activity and fun.
Crested Butte is known for its ski mountains, epic rock climbing, mountain biking, and of course its breathtaking subalpine flora that makes Crested Butte the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado”. The quaint main drag of town consists of trendy restaurants, breweries, and distilleries, so the dining is first class. This little resort town in the mountains is much cozier and more inviting than its larger counterparts like Aspen and Telluride and has avoided intense development to retain its small-town vibe. Throughout the year there are several town-wide events and celebrations like the 4th of July Festivities, the Crested Butte International Film Festival, and the Crested Butte Music Festival. No matter what time of year it is, there is no wrong time to book an RV in Crested Butte and breathe in the Rocky Mountain air.
Explore the Outdoors
Crested Butte is very much known for its proximity to several forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, and other natural recreation areas so it's no secret that most people visit the town in search of these hidden gems. Curecanti National Recreation Area can be found to the south when you rent an RV in Crested Butte and is definitely worth a visit. The Gunnison River flows right through this amazing recreation area and it is considered a major boating and fishing destination in the Rocky Mountains. There are several visitor centers, marinas, and campgrounds for you and your Crested Butte camper rental to enjoy as well as hundreds of paths that are perfect for hiking to the top of mountains or mountain biking around the area. The Dillon Pinnacles that overlook the reservoir are an incredible sight to behold and just one reason to visit the park when you rent an RV.
Ridgeway State Park is farther away but also an ideal location to spend your Crested Butte RV rental vacation. The park is several hours from Denver, making it a beautiful, remote park close to the other side of the Rockies. There are swimming docks, beach areas, marinas, and campsites for you to stay in with your Crested Butte motorhome rental at the state park.
Gunnison National Forest practically surrounds Crested Butte, so you almost have no choice but to explore the forest when you rent an RV in town. This sprawling forest in the Rocky Mountains contains several wilderness areas for bold outdoors adventures to trek through as well as some comfortable campgrounds to rest at for those that just want to relax and enjoy the views.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is without a doubt a can’t-miss attraction for those vacationing near Crested Butte, with some of the most stunning natural monoliths you can possibly imagine. The Gunnison River has carved its way through the blackened Precambrian gneiss deposits to create an iconic gorge that rivals the Grand Canyon in beauty. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the park each year to go rock climbing, canyoneering, hiking, mountain biking, and camping, surrounded by the majestic scenery.
RV Parks to Visit
When you rent an RV in Crested Butte, you can rest assured that you will not have to wander around looking for a safe place to stay overnight. Oh Be Joyful Campground is just outside of the small town in a peaceful area undisturbed by light or noise pollution. This campground is open all year round and can accommodate you and your RV in the heart of Gunnison National Forest.
Crested Butte RV Resort is a place for fishing enthusiasts to camp as the campground sits on a river. There is concierge service and there are lots of amenities to take advantage of at this resort. Cement Creek Campground is another public campground in Gunnison National Forest where you may stay among the aspen trees.
Gunnison KOA is located in the town of Gunnison nearby and has its very own petting zoo and fishing lake. The KOA campground is only minutes away from Curecanti National Recreation Area so there are lots of fun hiking trails in between.
Crested Butte might be known for its scenery and outdoor recreation but that doesn’t stop countless tourists from pouring into the small town to dine and drink at several local establishments on the main street of town. The population size might be small but the numbers swell to epic proportions during summer and winter when ski season and wildflower season kick off. Speaking of skiing, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is considered to be the main feature in town, with stellar ski slopes for snowboarders and skiers to rip down in fresh Rocky Mountain powder. In the summertime, guests can use these trails to rent mountain bikes and ride around the mountain.
The Trailhead Children’s Museum is a wonderful place to bring small children to keep them entertained and happy, all while helping them to learn about the world. Natural science exhibits, jungle gyms, and fun building rooms make this a perfect place to visit on a rainy day.
Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is the de facto resource for those wanting to learn about snowboard and ski history. The museum operates alongside a ski gear shop and paints a marvelous and detailed picture of how the winter recreational pastime came to the area so many decades ago.