Getting Here and Around in Crested Butte

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Getting Here and Around

Crested Butte is just over the mountain from Aspen, but there are no paved roads—just unpaved routes over the challenging Pearl, Taylor, and Schofield passes and hiking trails through White River National Forest. If you’re coming from the north or west, the most direct route is over Kebler Pass. The drive is one of the state’s prettiest, passing through one of the state’s largest stands of aspens. If you’re coming from the east, the beautiful Cottonwood Pass will deposit you on Route 135, just south of town. Both graded gravel roads are closed in winter, making it necessary to take a circuitous route on U.S. 24 and U.S. 50 through Poncha Springs and Gunnison, then up Route 135 to Crested Butte.

Alpine Express will transport you between the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport and the resort. Mountain Express is a reliable free shuttle-bus that travels the 3 miles between the town and the resort throughout the year.

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