Crested Butte Fall Bucket List
The leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping. The first snowfall of the season means winter is coming yet, there is still time to take in the beauty of fall. We challenge you to mark these activities off your Crested Butte fall bucket list before Old Man Winter returns to the valley.
Drive Kebler Pass
Kebler Pass is one of the most iconic summer drives in the state of Colorado. However, the best time of year for this scenic drive is in September. Kebler Pass is home to the largest aspen grove in the state of Colorado. As the leaves change from green to fiery yellow, orange and red there’s no better place to soak in the views and incredible beauty of fall in Colorado.
Bike the Dyke Trail
Check off two of your Crested Butte fall bucket list items off the list by loading up your mountain bike and driving Kebler Pass to the trailhead for the Dyke Trail. Shuttle this ride with a friend or bike up the Wagon Trail and enjoy 5.5 miles of singletrack through the aspens. Creek crossings and technical sections will keep you on your toes but remember to look up and take in the glorious fall colors. The trail becomes a yellow brick road of aspen leaves and the golden canopy above begs any rider to stop and take in the splendor of fall.
Hike the Three Lakes Loop Trail
Three Lakes Loop is a fantastic trail that winds through golden aspens, linking three lakes – Lost Lake, Dollar Lake and Lost Lake Slough. There’s even a nice waterfall that is only 30 steps off the trail. It’s a perfect hike for families, friends or even to do by yourself.
Occasionally, the trail opens up to gorgeous mountain views. But, the real treasures are the lakes and their serenity. Take in the golden aspens, bring a book and a picnic for one of the best afternoons a Crested Buttian could dream of. The Three Lakes Loop Trail is 2.8 miles and takes roughly 1.5 hours to complete.
In Crested Butte you’ll find parties and traditions that go back years if not decades. Vinotok is a classic fall event that should be at the top of your Crested Butte bucket list. With ancient roots, this event celebrates the autumnal equinox. This weeklong festival includes activities like nightly storytelling, community feasts and on the final night, the burning of the ‘Grump’ in the center of town. It is a celebration for the abundance of harvest and is a great time to gather your friends and give thanks through song, dance and feasts.
Bonus – Hike, Bike or Drive to the Umbrella Bar for a Cocktail
Located mid-mountain at the top of the Ten Peaks area, the Umbrella Bar is Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s newest on-mountain destination. Situated amongst amazing panoramic views of the resort, the peak and the mountains beyond, the Umbrella Bar features a retractable roof and plenty of Adirondack chair seating, encouraging lounging and gathering. Sit back and relax against a setting of golden aspens. It’s the perfect watering hole for any fall colors enthusiast.