Crested Butte Colorado is one of the more spectacular places in the Rocky Mountain State, especially in mid-to-late summer when the wildflowers are in bloom.
Of course, you can see wildflowers in many mountain communities, but Crested Butte is THE designated Wildflower Capital of Colorado. For more than 30 years, they’ve celebrated the blooms that turn the mountain slopes into a splattered kaleidoscope of colors and textures.
Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
The Wildflower Festival is the second week in July, but depending the Mother Nature and the moisture at various elevations, the beauty cannot be contained to one week.
During the festival, trained botanists lead educational walks through some of the more beautiful areas for wildflowers. Other hikes are devoted to photographers, from amateurs to professionals, in order to find the best light and setting for shooting the multitude of blossoms.
Cooking classes focus on organic cuisine in which some wildflowers can be used.
Yoga classes are held in flower-filled-meadows and kids’ classes encourage creativity with the colors and shapes of wildflowers. There are private garden tours and jeep rides to higher elevation meadows with distinct flowers of their own.
Visiting Crested Butte Colorado
Located at 11,000 feet, Crested Butte is home to 1,500 year-round residents.Many of the buildings in downtown date to the 1880s and have those lovely wooden false fronts painted in brilliant pastels that would look ridiculous in most other communities, but for some reason, work well in this mountain village.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation agrees, identifying Crested Butte as one of a “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2008. Wooden sidewalks, porch swings, squeaky screen doors, and planters filled to overflowing with colorful flowers are some of the reasons a favorite past time is simply strolling up and down the streets of the historical area.
Crested Butte was where the first ski lift in Colorado was first built and some argue that this mountain community was where mountain biking first began. The people of Marin County California take issue with that.
The community hosts a wonderful free Sunday night concert series all summer long, and I think I enjoyed that as much as wandering through the high meadows watching Bruce make pictures.