The best way to fly to Crested Butte is to search for flights to the below airports listed below and rent a vehicle:
Gunnison - 45 minute drive to Crested Butte. This is the #1 option with the quickest drive but usually has the most expensive flights.
Montrose - Two-hour drive to Crested Butte
Denver or Colorado Springs - Five-hour drive to Crested Butte. Usually the cheapest flights but farthest drive.
Alpine Express offers airport transfer services if there is someone in your party who needs a bus to/from the airport. They will not deliver to the house but they will at least get you to downtown Crested Butte. (800) 822-4844
Once in Crested Butte, our home is located in Trappers at Wildcat which is a private, gated community containing 36 home-sites. Our home offers complete privacy and seclusion, yet only 10 minutes from the bustle of downtown Crested Butte. Wintertime you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to manage the snow/ice but in the summertime a 2-wheel drive vehicle is fine. In the summertime you can walk to downtown Crested Butte via the Green Lake trail which is a 3 mile downhill walk and takes about 1 hour. Click Here for directions on Google Maps.
The Neighborhood: In November of 1989 Trappers Crossing Ltd. purchased 3,817 acres of land adjacent to the town of Crested Butte to the South and West across Kebler Pass Road and up and over Gibson’s Ridge. The purchase price was $2.6 million dollars. The developer created 68 home-sites in total with 36 of these being in our neighborhood, Trappers at Wildcat. As reported in the Chronical & Pilot in December of 1989: “The property was owned by Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) for most of century and was mined extensively for coal. The big mine was located on the bench just above town and the Persching and Peanut Mines were two of the productive mines along the Peanut Mill Road. The mines were closed in the early 1950s and the railroad tracks were removed, the land lay unused except by hikers, skiers and other recreationalists.”
The original development plans for this housing development were challenged by many in town saying that it would scar the landscape forever – instead there was thoughtful development and great expense to build the roads through the trees with minimal impact to the natural setting. Trappers Crossing at Wildcat and its 36 lots make up the largest section. It follows the Wildcat Trail road high above Crested Butte up to the top of Gibson’s Ridge. The developer wanted to continue to allow hiking and Nordic skiing through the development – and a beautiful part of the Nordic Center’s groomed skiing meanders through Trappers Crossing as well there is an easement via the Green Lake Trail to the base of Axtell.
Green Lake Trail. Green Lake is a glacial beauty resting at the base of the glorious Mt. Axtell. The beginning of the trail in the heart of Crested Butte starts out at an elevation of 8,800 feet and then steeply rises to 10,700 feet at Green Lake. Mt. Axtell peaks at 12,055 feet. Green Lake Trail’s 1,900 foot rise gives any hiker, biker or runner a satisfying challenge and breathtaking scenery including gorgeous wildflowers. After all, Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of Colorado. Making it to the end of the trail will be well worth it when you finally reach a beautiful high alpine lake (Green Lake) at the base of Mt. Axtell. Feel free to cool off in its rejuvenating waters if you’re so inclined. Kick back and take in the miraculous landscape while you rehydrate for the return trip.