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Crested Butte Summer Bucket List

Wildflowers in Crested Butte

Crested Butte Summer Bucket List

Crested Butte Crested Butte Summer Bucket List

There’s no way you can mark all of these adventures off your Crested Butte bucket list in just one visit. Whether you are hiking, biking or just enjoying the views, there are definite must-dos for everyone in Crested Butte before the temperature drops.

Hike Aspen to Crested Butte

The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is worthy of any outdoor enthusiasts’ bucket list. The summer drive between the two iconic ski towns is roughly 100 miles and takes three hours. However, if you decide to hike it’s only 11 miles from the Maroon Bells Trailhead to Crested Butte. Be sure to hire a shuttle for the return into the town of Crested Butte, otherwise it’s an additional 9 miles to downtown from the trailhead. 

Bike the 401 Trail 

If you’re ready for a lung busting climb and some of the best singletrack in the Gunnison Valley, then you’re ready for the 401 Trail. The slog up Gothic Road to the top of Schofield Pass is worth the miles of dirt road you’ll put in before the singletrack starts. Once you hit the top of the pass, the climb doesn’t stop there. Continue up, until you reach a break in the trees that opens up to a wide grassy knoll. Take a deep breath, drink some water, eat a snack and get ready for a descent that will knock your socks off. Oh, and don’t forget to stop and take in the views! 

Scenic Tour Up Paradise Divide

Enjoy the beautiful Crested Butte scenery on a 4WD tour in the awesome 10 passenger Unimog! Our friends at Alpine Express offer two tours daily through the beautiful scenery of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. See sites such as old mining camps, ghost towns, wildflowers, waterfalls, lakes and incredible mountain scenery. The tours generally cover a loop up Slate River Road, over Paradise Divide to Schofield Pass and back through Gothic. Let a knowledgeable guide show you how to explore Crested Butte!

Go to a Full Moon Party

Hike or bike to the top of Ten Peaks and dine under a full moon at the Umbrella Bar! Tickets may be purchased at the Adventure Center or online in advance for $40 and include an alfresco style summer dinner and a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Plus, professional family and group photos available! With 360 degree views of Mt. Crested Butte and the surrounding mountains, there is no better backdrop in the valley! Learn more at!

Bonus - Peak Hike

Ride to the top of the Silver Queen Express to explore the wonders of a fragile high-alpine environment and venture to the summit of the famed Mt. Crested Butte. This hike passes through areas with unique animals, alpine plants and talus fields. The peak of Mt. Crested Butte is 12,162 feet! From the top of the Silver Queen Express, it’s only a two mile roundtrip hike. Hikers can expect a rather strenuous climb, navigating rocks and gaining over 1,200 feet in elevation. 

Be sure to add your favorites to your Crested Butte bucket list. We can’t wait to see you again, and again and again!