Responsible Travel

Enjoy Your World. Leave No Trace

By visiting Gunnison Crested Butte responsibly, you’re not only helping us preserve these lands for the next visitor, but for future generations to come.


We all play a role in ensuring safe and responsible travel in the region. In order to help you plan ahead for your next trip, we’ve laid out (number) principles below to help you enjoy your trip to the fullest while protecting our natural environment.


The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.

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    Plan Ahead an Prepare

    To help reduce environmental impacts and conflicts between groups.

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    Camp in Designated Campsites

    Drive only on established roads, and camp only in established campsites. Camp at least 200 feet away from water. Manage your camp in a way that minimizes impacts on the land, water, plants and animals. Check out this Car Camping 101 video to learn more about how to car camp in a way that minimizes impacts on the land.

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    Dispose of Waste Properly

    Have a plan: If a restroom is unavailable, bring WAG bags or a portable toilet and pack out all waste (pet and human).

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    Leave What You FInd

    Take only pictures: do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them.

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    Minimize Campfire Impacts

    Campfires can cause lasting impacts on the environment. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings or fire pans. Burn all wood and coals to ash and put out campfires completely.

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    Respect Wildlife

    Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Control pets at all times or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

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    Be Considerate of other visitors

    Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.

    Where to Hike and Snowshoe in Crested Butte in Winter

    Hiking and snowshoeing is permitted on Town Ranch, the Rec Path, Whetstone Vista, Green Lake Trail, and the drainages (Slate River Road, Gothic Road, etc.). The summer trails along Peanut Lake Road, including the Woods Walk, the Budd Trail, and the Lower Loop, are closed to all use in winter. Snowshoes are allowed on CB Nordic’s groomed trails with the purchase of a CB Nordic day pass. Dogs are only allowed on certain groomed trails; please visit CB Nordic’s dog policy webpage for more information. Fat bikes are permitted on open backcountry trails and a few groomed trails. Check out CB Nordic’s fat biking page for more information on this unique activity.

    Getting Around Gunnison Crested Butte

    Utilize the free bus system in town or walk or rent bikes to get around Crested Butte and Gunnison. There are some shuttle options available for getting around the Valley as well. The bus also regularly runs between Gunnison and Crested Butte, making visiting both towns convenient. Some hotels and bed and breakfasts also have bikes for guests to use.

    Camping in Gunnison Crested Butte

    There are many places to camp in the Gunnison Valley. Some sites are for tent camping; others can accommodate RVs and fifth-wheel trailers. It’s important to research camping spots before your trip to avoid surprises (for example, expecting a toilet at camp but finding out that there are none when you arrive). We’ve put together this handy guide to help you learn about the different camping options in Gunnison Valley. Once you know what type of camping you want to do use the contact information and websites we’ve collected to learn more about specific camping areas and campgrounds.


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