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About Crested ButteThe Elk Mountain Lodge, dating from 1881, and the Old Town Hall and Union Congregational Church, both built in 1883, are reminders of the town's origins as a supply town and coal-mining camp. Another reminder, a two-story outhouse, is behind the shops of the renovated Company Store building on Third Street. The privy's upper level made it usable during the winters when more than 20 feet of snow fell.

More elegant landmarks from the town's past are found along Elk Avenue, where restored Victorian buildings feature shops, eateries and outfitters. Culturally speaking, the Crested Butte Center for the Arts is the town's destination for music, dance, theater and art; phone (970) 349-7487.

The Gunnison National Forest, Elk Mountains and Raggeds Wilderness surround the town. Jagged peaks, glacial valleys and aspen-covered slopes provide a scenic backdrop for golfing, mountain biking and hiking. Three miles from Crested Butte, the resort community of Mt. Crested Butte has become a center for recreation, especially skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding in Gunnison National Forest.

Visitor Centers Crested Butte/Mount Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center 601 Elk Ave. Crested Butte, CO 81224. Phone:(970)349-6438 or (855)681-0941

Self-guiding ToursA walking tour map of the town's historical attractions is available from the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.

Things to Do Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

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Crested Butte, CO

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Elevation Hotel & Spa

500 Gothic Rd. Crested Butte, CO 81225

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Old Town Inn

708 Sixth St. Crested Butte, CO 81224

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6 Emmons Loop. Crested Butte, CO 81225

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The Lodge at Mountaineer Square

620 Gothic Rd. Crested Butte, CO 81225

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