Did you know there are many events in Crested Butte and Gunnison? See live music, take an art class, volunteer, play trivia, watch (or participate in) a ski or bike race, and more! Check this calendar to see what’s going on.
Course: From the Old Irwin Lodge, follow the Ridge Trail #70 for about 0.1 mile to the intersection with the Scarp Trail #421. Veer Right and climb up Scarp Trail #421 to the ridge. Look for a game / ridge trail on your right and proceed along the ridge to the summit of Mt. Emmons (Red Lady). Return along the same route. Distance: 8.0 miles (+2,261′) all on single track and ridge / game trails. This is an out and back, so shorter options are available. Carry food, water and energy drink. Meet: At the old Irwin Lodge above Lake Irwin. Vehicles are allowed to turn around at the lodge or drop people off, but all parking is 0.6 mile before the lodge. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited.
Gunnison Valley is also host to several beloved annual events. A classic winter event is The Alley Loop, a Nordic ski race that doubles as a costume contest. In fall, Mt. Crested Butte hosts the famous Chili and Beer Festival. Every summer in Gunnison, a crowd gathers to watch America’s fourth-oldest rodeo, Cattlemen’s Days. There are also festivals in Crested Butte that celebrate local art, music, wildflowers, and more. Attending an annual event is a good way to connect with the culture of the Gunnison Valley. You might even create a new tradition for you and your family and friends!