So, you’re here to savor all that the Wine and Food Fest has to offer, but, you surely also want to explore our little mountain town, often labeled as the “last great Colorado ski town”. Obviously, you won’t be skiing, but you WILL want to get out and appreciate our historic downtown area.
Our first suggestion is to park. Seriously, just park your car behind the Chamber of Commerce in what’s known as the 4-Way parking lot, at the intersection of Elk Avenue and Highway 135. Hop on our FREE local bus system to get a ride up to and from Mt. Crested Butte, and even all the way out to Gothic. The buses are all painted by local artists, and are a treat to see in and of themselves.
Another option once you’ve ditched the vehicle is to hop on a townie bike. NO, you may not just borrow one you see parked about town! This happens more often than you would think, in part because many larger cities do have a “borrow a bike” program and folks are used to having this option. Crested Butte does not, yet. Many local bike shops DO offer cruiser rentals, and often times rental properties come equipped with townies for their guests to use. It’s often faster to get around town on a bike than in your car!
NOTE: Bikes are like cars in the state of Colorado, and must share the road and obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals.
Once you’re on two wheels or on foot, here’s an insider tip for you- peruse the alleys! You’ll get away from the hubbub of Elk Avenue, and probably be pleasantly surprised by a secret garden, historic building, or even a friendly fella relaxing in his yard. 😄
One final note, PLEASE SLOW DOWN. The speed limit in town is 15 mph. We’re full of local kids, visitors, and have few sidewalks. You’re in paradise at the end of the road, so relax and enjoy!