Mountain Towns & Trails: Crested Butte — July 2015

Created Butte is a magical, little town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains near Gunnison County. In the summer of 2015 my family took a trip here for my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary. They rented a house and some of my relatives from out of town flew in – there were about 19 of us!

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The view from our place.

It wasn’t until I got there that I realized just how special of a place Crested Butte is (or “Crusty Butt” as my younger cousin calls it): lush green foothills, towering mountain peaks, wildflowers, fog, cabins, a small town bustling with unique shops and restaurants, and oh so many outdoor activities. The fun never ends! Literally, there are so many activities you can do without and with snow.

Since we went over the summer, we had a lot of opportunities to walk the trails and mountain bike. This was the first time I went mountain biking and I became obsessed! It was hard work to bike uphill (though made easier when I finally learned how to use the gears properly), but it was incredibly rewarding. Aside from the satisfaction of working hard, the view at the top and the ride down was beyond words. I felt like I was somewhere in the Europeans countryside!

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It was exhilarating (albeit scary) to ride down the mountain at fast (ish) speeds, over rocks and rushing past fields of Aspen trees where the leaves brush up against you because the trail was so slim.

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On one of the days, a bunch of rain and fog rolled in. The rain made the trail really muddy, to the point where I felt like I was plowing the fat bike tires through mud like an ox, but the green fields and the fog that was left in the wake of the rain was beautiful.

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I’m incredibly thankful to have experienced such an amazing place with my family. Being with those that I care about makes traveling all the more special and it’s one of the reasons why this trip was one of the best I’ve had.

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Playing Catch Phrase inside as the sun sets on another great day.

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And now I’m itching to go back!

 

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