On every 4 of July weekend we head up to Crested Butte, the wildflower capital of Colorado. It was 1880s old mining town and is now one of Colorado’s world class ski destinations in the winter. Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski Area has a 2700 vertical feet rise and over a thousand acres of ski runs. It’s also a great place to visit in the summer. Crested Butte is known for its mountain bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, white water rafting, kayaking, camping and of course, photography with beautiful fields of wildflowers and mountain views.
We like to camp up at Lake Irwin with a group of friends from all over the country. It’s always a great time. Lake Irwin is at an elevation of about 10000 feet above sea level with hiking and fishing. Sometimes the campground is still closed on the 4th because of too much snow! This is a great place for family with children. One more thing – don’t forget the spectacular summer wildflowers and golden aspens in autumn on the road over Kebler Pass which is at an elevation 10000 feet. The CO-12 Road starts in Crested Butte and is about a 30 mile dirt road and ends at CO-133. It’s well maintained and suitable for most cars. Because of the weather and the high elevation, the road is only open from late May to early October. So, do your homework and take a trip to the Crested Butte area. You wont be disappointed!