Colorado Recruiting Zone - Crested Butte


Crested Butte Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1880
  • 8th largest historic district in Colorado
  • Known as “The Last Great Colorado Ski Town”


  • Population: 1550
  • Median Age: 31
  • Land Area: 0.7 square miles
  • County: Gunnison

Environmental Attractions

  • Only 3 miles from nearest ski area
  • Designated the wildflower capital of Colorado by the Colorado General Assembly
  • Nordic center with ice skating and cross-country skiing trails

Fun Facts

  • 1970's musicians Brewer and Shipley wrote and performed a song called Crested Butte dedicated to the town.

Arts & Culture

  • Crested Butte hosts a number of unique festivals and parades throughout the year. These include: Torchlight, New Years, Winter Carnival, Butte Bash College Ski Week and Mardi Gras during the winter months; Extreme Board Fest, Slushuck and Flaushink during spring; Fat Tire Bike Week, Music Festival, 4th of July, the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Alpenglow Concert Series, Festival of the Arts and Ball Bash during summer; and Fall Fest, Vinitok and Paragon Peoples' Fair during fall.

Major Employers

  • Gunnison Watershed School District
  • Elevation Hotel
  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • The Grand Lodge
  • Town of Crested Butte
  • ResortQuest

Economic Development

  • 28 miles from the Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport
  • Business-owned discount season ski passes are offered to qualifying local businesses
  • Mt. Crested Butte ski resort is the main local industry