By Car -- Crested Butte is 28 miles north of Gunnison on Colo. 135, the only year-round access. In summer, the gravel-surface Kebler Pass Road links Crested Butte with Colo. 133 at Paonia Reservoir, to the west.
By Plane -- The Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport, 711 Rio Grande Ave. (tel. 970/641-2304), is just off U.S. 50, a few blocks south of downtown Gunnison. American (tel. 800/433-7300) and Delta (tel] 800/221-1212) provide air service during ski season and United Express (tel. 800/241-6522) provides daily year-round service from Denver.
Alpine Express (tel. 800/822-4844 or 970/641-5074; www.alpineexpressshuttle.com) provides shuttle service from the airport to Crested Butte frequently in ski season; call to check on availability at other times. Reservations are required. Adults are $34 per person one-way and kids under 13 are $23.
Consult the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce (tel. 800/851-0482 or 970/349-6438; www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com). An information center is located downtown at the four-way stop at the corner of Elk Avenue and Sixth Street.
There are actually two separate communities here: the old mining town of Crested Butte and the modern resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, 3 miles away. Colo. 135 enters Crested Butte from the south and is intersected by Elk Avenue, which runs east-west as the town's main street.
Free transportation throughout Crested Butte and the ski resort is provided by Mountain Express (tel. 970/349-7318; www.crestedbutte-co.gov).
The Crested Butte Medical Center, in the Ore Bucket Building in downtown Crested Butte (tel. 970/349-0321; www.cbmedicalcenter.com), can handle most health needs; the medical center also operates a clinic at the ski area during winter (tel. 970/349-4370). The post office is on the north side of Elk Avenue between Second and Third streets; contact the U.S. Postal Service (tel. 800/275-8777; www.usps.com) for hours and other information.
Fat Tire Bike Week, June; Crested Butte Music Festival, early July; Wildflower Festival, July; Wine and Food Festival, late July; Festival of the Arts, early August; Wild Mushroom Festival, early August; Vinotok Fall Festival, September.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.