What is the best way to see Crested Butte in one day?

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Gina DeMillo Wagner

If you only have one day to explore the beauty and adventure of Crested Butte, you’ll want to be sure to sample as much scenery as possible. Start your fun-filled day off with a taste of the mountain town. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest heading to one of the three Camp 4 Coffee locations — there’s one at the mountain base. Sip your locally made cup of joe and get ready for a day on the mountain.
After gaining some energy, head to Crested Butte Mountain Resort and hop aboard the Silver Queen or Red Lady Express to the top of the mountain. Whether you’ve got your hiking boots on or your skis strapped on, this is the best way to start your adventure at Crested Butte. Of course, if you’re visiting in the winter or spring, the natural next step is to spend the day on the slopes. But for those of you in town during the refreshing summer, you have a couple of choices. If you’re up for an active pursuit, hike up to the peak and spread out your picnic for a midday snack. Perhaps hiking isn’t your thing, no problem, just hop back on the lift after snapping a few photos and head back down to the mountain base. If you want to stick around and mountain bike, the Red Lady Express carries bikes to access the many trails and roads on Crested Butte Mountain.
From there, head back into town for lunch and shopping in historic downtown Crested Butte. Browse a few art galleries, rent a cruiser bike for a couple of hours, engage in conversation with the locals hanging out in the sports shops. Finish off your day with dinner at one of the many restaurants — our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest fueling up at Bacchanale with some classic Italian dishes. After dinner, head to one of the popular après hotspots like Lobar or Eldo.

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