Mount Crested Butte is a separate location from Crested Butte, and has a higher elevation. Snow has now begun to blanket the area since our visit in late September – which is good for skiers. I can just imagine the white, glistening snow over the area during the winter.
One of the many websites highlighting this area is https://www.mtcrestedbuttecolorado.us/, designation Mt. Crested Butte as home of world-class downhill skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hunting, golfing, as well as world-class art and music festivals.
The resort town is home to just over 800 year-round residents and is located among the Elk Mountains. The namesake mountain rises just above town to a height of 12,162 feet. “This unique setting affords some of the most breathtaking vistas in Colorado.”
The valley below was picturesque as much as the mountains, nestled among the Elk, Snodgrass, White Rock and Teocalli Mountains. From what I could tell the valleys include the Raggeds Wilderness and the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness.
I’m glad you’re still coming along with us to enjoy the views. Below is a video clip of the drive through Mt. Crested Butte down toward Crested Butte.
So – what is a “butte?” According to dictionary.com a “butte” is an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.
I’m glad you continue the journey with me into Crested Butte, Colorado as we briefly explored the area in late September 2018, just before the snow season began.
There are practically unlimited photos of Crested Butte. One of the websites with a significant display of images is http://bit.ly/2qJs3aL.
History of Crested Butte. The Town of Crested Butte, fondly referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Elk Mountains’, sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet and is located 28 miles north of the City of Gunnison in the County of Gunnison. Crested Butte and the surrounding area was originally home to the Ute Indians. http://bit.ly/2RTySlt
In 1873, geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden was on an expedition surveying the Elk Mountains. From the top of what is today known as Teocalli Mountain, Hayden referred to present day Crested Butte Mountain and Gothic Mountain as the “crested buttes”, which became the Town’s namesake.
With the days of coal mining long since passed, Crested Butte and the surrounding area is now a year-round vacation destination. Known as “the wildflower capital of Colorado.”
Crested Butte is not only a heritage tourism site, but a playground for people of all ages and interests, with endless opportunities ranging from snow sports to wildflower viewing, river running to rock climbing, hiking to biking, and festivals and events. (This information and more history is located at http://bit.ly/2RTySlt.