Crested Butte Collection communities page provides insightful descriptions of the towns, communities and subdivisions from Gunnison to Mt. Crested Butte. Use this guide to discover the unique benefits that each area has to offer.
Town of Crested Butte
Crested Butte is known as the “Last Great Colorado Ski Town”. Nestled deep in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, this special town has an eclectic and vibrant personality that is unique from any other ski destination. Crested Butte, taking its name from the twisted peak that towers above town, began as a booming silver mining town in the late 1800’s. When the mines began to close, the town began to shrink until the ski industry took hold in the 1960’s. Now, brightly colored historic buildings line Elk Avenue, the hub of dining, shopping and socializing in downtown Crested Butte. World class restaurants, locally roasted coffee, art galleries, locally distilled rum, retail shops, live music and more can be found on the charismatic half mile stretch. The skiing and winter recreation obviously draw visitors to town in the winter, but the summers in Crested Butte are just as magical. Many locals say “The winters brought me here and the summers keep me here”. During the winter and summer months, the town is full of life. The majority of visitors travel from Texas, Oklahoma and the Front Range of Colorado, but travelers from all over the world can be found in Crested Butte. Some come to visit and decide to stay forever!
The locals are some of the happiest people you’ll meet anywhere. Approximately 1,500 residents call Crested Butte home year round. They are inviting and extremely active, participating in an array of outdoor recreation. With seemingly endless access to skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking, cross country skiing, rafting and fat biking, it’s no wonder why Crested Butte is known for being one of the healthiest and happiest places to live in Colorado. The town has also hosted some major sporting events including the Alley Loop, X-Games, Pro Cycling Challenge, Fat Bike Worlds, the Ultimate Snowmobiler, extreme skiing competitions and more. The town of Crested Butte is a highly desirable place to live in Gunnison county due to the proximity to shops and restaurants, and the K-12 community school, which was ranked the sixth best public school in the state of Colorado.
Beckwith ~ Located on the west end of town between Whiterock Avenue and Belleview Avenue, west of First Street.
Heights (Journeys End) ~ Located on the south end of town between Journeys End Road and the Halazon Ditch (behind the Crested Butte Nordic Center).
Kapushion ~ Located on the north end of town, north of Butte Avenue and west of 4th Street.
Treasury Hill ~ Located on a hill west of town, the neighborhood overlooks Crested Butte to the east and has wilderness views to the west.
Verzuh Ranch ~ Located along Ninth Street between Whiterock Avenue and Maroon Avenue.
The town of Crested Butte offers a variety of home styles drawing from either the mining heritage or the modern mountain designs in the Crested Butte communities. The majority of properties in town are single family homes, however there is a wide array of condos and townhomes as well.
Small Communities Just South of Crested Butte
Riverbend ~ A small community, just one mile south of Crested Butte, Riverbend offers a selection of single family homes and condos which each include fishing rights on the Slate River. This neighborhood also offers nordic trails in the winter and bike paths in the summer, providing opportunities for convenient recreation year round.
Riverland ~ South of Riverbend and across the highway from the Skyland golf community, Riverland sits along the banks of the Slate River. This area is zoned for commercial buildings as well as residential properties.
Golfing Communities near The Club at Crested Butte
Two miles south of Crested Butte, the golfing communities of Skyland and Buckhorn Ranch are located in an expansive meadow at the base of the mountain. The Skyland neighborhood in intertwined with The Club at Crested Butte. The Club offers over 160 acres of pristine wilderness. A tranquil and luxurious setting of mountain views, trout filled lakes and aspen groves host some of the finest homes in the valley. Skyland is a luxurious subdivision that surrounds the Robert Trent Jones II Championship Golf Course. Owners in the golfing communities are not required to be members of The Club, but many residents choose to enjoy the extensive benefits of membership. Golf, tennis, fine dining and the use of a premier aquatics and fitness center are just some of the amenities offered to Club Members. The Club at Crested Butte also has a premier ski in/ski out facility, SlopeSide, located at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Buckhorn Ranch is set further back from the highway, south and east of Skyland. Buckhorn Ranch is home to Crested Butte’s only small private air strip.
The homes in Buckhorn Ranch, Skyland, Skyland River neighborhood, River Green, Silver Sage Larkspur, and Club at Crested Butte communities consist of beautiful mountain lodge architecture. Stunning single family homes and condominiums make up the Skyland neighborhood. Residents love the amenities of The Club, the close proximity to town and the quiet neighborhood in a true mountain setting.
Ranches near Crested Butte include East River Ranches, Hidden Mine Ranch, Hidden River Ranch, McCormick Ranch, Whetstone Mountain Ranch, Red Mountain Ranch, the Reserve on the East River, Danni Ranch, Roaring Judy and Round Mountain, Smith Hill Ranch, Wildcat at Trappers and Trappers Crossing. Most of these subdivisions are greater than 35 acres- providing ultimate privacy and submersion in the mountain lifestyle. Expansive views, mature tree growth and large parcels are common in the ranch subdivisions. Homeowners in ranch communities can appreciate privacy and convenience of nearby Crested Butte.
East River Ranches
Hidden Mine Ranch
Hidden River Ranch
Red Mountain Ranch
Roaring Judy Ranch
Round Mountain Ranch
Smith Hill Ranch
The Reserve on The East River
Whetstone Mountain Ranch
Wildcat at Trappers Crossing
Homes in the Ranch communities are generally large, custom built homes situated on 35 acres or more.
Slate River Road
Slate River Road is known as the gateway to Paradise. The road leads to Paradise Divide and the Gunnison National Forest providing year round access to recreation for the Slate River Road communities of Alpine Meadows and Wildbird. Within minutes, residents of these communities can be in the backcountry on skis, snowmobiles, mountain bikes or fishing along the Slate River. There is easy access to hiking and biking trails in the Lower Loop trail system and the Lupine trail. Mt. Crested Butte and the Crested Butte Mountain Resort as well as the town of Crested Butte are within a couple of miles from the centrally located Slate River Road communities.
Homes in the Slate River Road communities feature single family homes with a variety of sizes and styles.
The Washington Gulch provides “out the back door” access to the Gunnison National Forest and the Paradise Divide. Neighborhoods in Washington Gulch include Meridian Lake Park, Meridian Lake Meadows and Pristine Point, which all have convenient access to the outdoors and endless possibilities for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling and skiing.
Homes in the Washington Gulch communities feature a variety of single family homes that range in both size and style.
The Gothic Corridor encompasses the smaller subdivisions and individual homes situated along Gothic Road between the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. The majority of single family homes in this area sit on an acre or more of land with views of the West Elk Mountain Range and/or down valley views. Subdivisions along the Gothic Corridor include Moon Ridge, Glacier Lily Estates, Saddle Ridge Ranch, and the Three Valleys subdivision. The location between the two towns offers maximum convenience to everything that the area has to offer. Skiing, mountain biking, shops, dining and more are conveniently available within minutes.
The small subdivisions and individual parcels along the Gothic Corridor offer a variety of single family home options conveniently located between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.
Mt. Crested Butte
Town of Mt. Crested Butte
Mt. Crested Butte has a mix of single family homes, larger ski in/ski out properties and mountain condominiums with easy access to the resort and the town of Crested Butte. See the subdivision descriptions below for specifics on each neighborhood.
The town of Mt. Crested Butte is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains three miles north of Crested Butte. The small town is home to Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) as well as residential subdivisions, condos, dining, shopping and outstanding views of the West Elk mountain range. At an elevation of nine thousand three hundred seventy-five (9,375) feet above sea level, approximately eight hundred (800) residents call Mt. Crested Butte home year round. The ski area has over fifteen hundred (1,500) skiable acres with 121 total runs, 15 lifts and a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs for all abilities. At the summit, the elevation is twelve thousand one hundred and sixty-two (12,162) feet. The ski area offers winter and summer fun. The Adventure Park, located at the base area offers miniature golf, bungee trampolines, and a climbing wall as well as a tubing hill. In the summer, Crested Butte Mountain Resort runs two lifts, allowing hikers and mountain bikers access to the 23 trails and over 30 miles of single track. The base area has a variety of restaurants and outdoor shops that are open during the winter and summer months. Easy access to the town of Crested Butte is available year round with the free town shuttle.
Elk Run ~ One of Mt. Crested Butte’s most coveted neighborhoods, Elk Run prioritizes the seclusion of each parcel. Large parcels combined with mature aspen groves provide maximum privacy for the mountain homes in this neighborhood. Elk run owners also have access to the Gold Link Homeowners trail, providing easy access to skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Gold Link ~ A smaller community, with only 30 home sites, Gold Link has a prime skier/mountain biker friendly location. Large high-end homes are perched on a hill, offering commanding views of Teocalli Mountain, Gothic and White Rock. Adjacent to the Gold Link Chair lift, homeowners in the entire neighborhood have easy access to the ski resort via the Homeowner’s trail year round and the Snodgrass trail in the summer.
Overlook ~ One of the most prestigious and protected neighborhoods in Mt. Crested Butte, Overlook has views that overlook the town of Crested Butte, meadows, streams and the massive peaks of the West Elk mountain range. Each home site is enveloped in privacy as mature aspen groves and significant distance separate the sites from each other.
Pitchfork ~ The residential neighborhood on the west end of Mt. Crested Butte has 100 home sites, 30% of which are affordable housing for qualified Gunnison county residents. The neighborhood has innovative architectural design, with elements of the mining and mountain culture. Single family homes, cottages and condominiums make up this desirable and affordable neighborhood.
Prospect ~ Located on the northwest side of the mountain, the Prospect subdivision is Mt. Crested Butte’s premier ski in/ski out location. Residents have access to both the Gold Link and Prospect chairlifts from their parcel, offering extremely convenient ski access and maximum time for relaxation. This relatively newer neighborhood still has several undeveloped parcels, awaiting their ultimate mountain dream homes.
The Summit ~ Located on the southwest side of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, the Summit is one of the few ski in/ski out communities. The views include the rocky Mt. Crested Butte, Red Lady and Axtell. Ski access is granted via the West Wall lift in the winter and many mountain biking trails are easily accessible in the summer.
Wildhorse at Prospect ~ A master planned luxury community with 55 home sites. Located next to the ski slopes, these mountain homes have incredible views of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and the Upper East river valley. The HOA includes 24-7 exterior property management as well as options for home security, concierge and cleaning services. Enjoy a hassle free lifestyle at Wildhorse at Prospect.
Mt. Crested Butte offers an incredible variety of homes including Ski-in/Ski-out condominiums and single family homes, convenient condo-tels with all of the amenities, mountain style single family homes, immaculate large custom homes and everything in between.
Crested Butte South
CB South Property Owners Association
Crested Butte South, also known as CB South by the locals, is a family oriented subdivision with a high number of year round residents. The subdivision is located 8 miles south of the town of Crested Butte on the east side of CO Highway 135. CB South is the largest subdivision in the Gunnison Valley, accounting for approximately 10% of all Gunnison County residents. The 460+ acres is primarily residential with a handful of businesses and over 30 acres of open or park space. Red Mountain Park is centrally located in CB South. The park has a fully fenced softball field, fully fenced tennis court, climbing boulder, skating pond, curling sheets, bicycle “pump” track, playground, picnic areas and public restrooms. Red Mountain Park is also home to an NHL sized hockey rink where you will find open skate times or league games. Crested Butte South has a small commercial zone consisting of a coffee shop, landscaping and gardening store and childcare facility.
Crested Butte South mainly consists of medium sized family homes and is considered one of the more affordable areas within the upper valley. Because of this, many locals and their families call CB South home.
Almont is located on CO Highway 135 between Gunnison and Crested Butte. The small town sits along the canyon banks where the East River and the Taylor River combine to form the Gunnison River. The area is known for having some of the best fly fishing in Colorado. With a population of approximately 300 people, the small community of Almont is made up of a post office, a couple fly fishing shops, whitewater rafting companies, a local restaurant and bar and vacation resorts offering small cabin lodging.
The Taylor Canyon extends twenty miles northeast from Almont to the Taylor Reservoir. The canyon and reservoir offer incredible camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, horse back riding and of course- world class fly fishing. The Spring Creek Campground is located about half way between Almont and the Taylor Reservoir. Bordering the creek, it is an excellent location for fishing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and camping. The Taylor Campground, Rosie, and Harmel’s Resort are also located at the base of Spring Creek. The resort offers horseback riding, a day spa, fishing, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. You can also find guided rafting, horseback riding, fishing, family dining and more at both the Three Rivers Resort and the Almont Resort.
Homes available in the Almont, Spring Creek and the Taylor Canyon communities range from small charming cabins to premier world class fishing lodges. These cabin style and log homes provide convenient, easy access to a plethora of outdoor activities and offer a sense of immersion in the outdoors, while remaining nearby the amenities of Crested Butte and Gunnison.
Ohio Creek Valley
Ohio Creek Valley
The entrance to the Ohio Creek Valley is located approximately ten miles north of Gunnison. The Ohio Creek Valley is home to spectacular large ranches including the Eagle Ridge Ranch, which is the largest conservation easement property in Gunnison County. Therefore, the water rights, mineral rights, time rights and the views will be preserved and protected forever. The Ohio Creek Valley is home to fantastic fishing in either the Ohio Creek or one of many ponds. The area is home to abundant wildlife including deer, elk, bighorn sheep and bald eagles.
Homes and ranches in the Ohio Creek Valley tend to be large custom built homes and lodges, built on large parcels with maximum privacy and immediate access to wilderness areas.
City of Gunnison
The City of Gunnison is located on CO Hwy 50 nestled between the Gunnison National Forest and the Rio Grand National Forest. Gunnison is the largest city within Gunnison County, with approximately 6,000 year round residents. As home to Western State Colorado University, a four year accredited university, there is also a large student population throughout the year in Gunnison.
The city began in the early 1800’s with fur traders and mountain men. Later, it transitioned to mining and eventually ranching and farming. Today, Gunnison is a tribute to its wild west past. The western culture is alive and well as Gunnison remains largely a farming and ranching community. Cattlemen’s Days, a 10-day rodeo and stock show event is evidence of the strong western heritage in Gunnison. The event started over 120 years ago and still happens every summer. Explore the history of the Gunnison Valley at the Gunnison Pioneer Museum which is located at the base of “W” Mountain off of Highway 50 and consists of a 14 acre campus.
Gunnison is the county seat and because if its size and location, serves as a central hub to the smaller surrounding communities. The Gunnison – Crested Butte Regional Airport is also located in Gunnison, allowing convenient flights directly into the valley.
The City of Gunnison homes are mainly traditional style. Most of the homes are of moderate size and many having been built over 50 years ago. Gunnison homes are typically significantly more affordable than up valley homes.