Hotel at a Glance: Crested Butte Old Town Inn
Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s most scenic ski towns, thanks to its remote location high in the Rockies. Crested Butte Old Town Inn is just three blocks from the town’s main drag, Elk Avenue, where quaint shops and restaurants stay busy no matter the season. The inn is run by long-time Crested Butte residents and outdoor enthusiasts Sandy Fails and Michael Garren. If you’re looking for a local adventure or a restaurant recommendation, they can point you in the right direction.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms come with complimentary WiFi, HDTV, and a complimentary daily breakfast.
- Enjoy freshly baked cookies each afternoon; coffee and tea are served all day.
- Take a soak in the outdoor hot tub.
- Where to ski: Nearby Crested Butte Mountain Resort is a picturesque setting for downhill skiing.
- First time? Local guides are available to lead you on snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice-climbing excursions.
- Eco-friendly: The inn has several green initiatives—all of its electricity comes from a mix of hydropower, biomass, wind, and solar energy.
Crested Butte, Colorado: Resort Town in the Rockies with Authentic Old West Charm
Crested Butte is perched at 9,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, where about 300 inches of snow fall each year. These conditions make Crested Butte one of Colorado’s premier ski destinations. At Crested Butte Mountain Resort, skiers and snowboarders set off down the mountain on 121 trails.
The downtown area—all of which is designated a National Historic District—pays homage to Colorado’s Old West roots. Victorian storefronts and art galleries line Elk Avenue, and there’s a famous rum distillery that welcomes visitors year-round. For a glimpse into the town’s history, head to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, which has an elaborate diorama illustrating life here in the mining days.