Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
This peaceful collection of bucolic subdivisions is home to awe-inspiring ranches and plentiful mountain recreation
There are few places in the world better to enjoy the captivating beauty of the Rocky Mountain region than the assortment of communities held within the area of Rural Crested Butte. Dramatic mountain peaks slope into radiant valleys, rolling hills lie interwoven with rambling creeks, and in the midst of vast open space rest spectacular homesites perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
Rural Crested Butte is used as the umbrella moniker for the large stretch of land covering residential communities outside of the Crested Butte town limits. Included in this are upscale subdivisions such as the Upper and Lower Highlands, Hidden Mine Ranch, Whetstone Mountain Ranch, Red Mountain Ranch, and several others as well as the Skyland golf club community.
As would be expected from a rural setting, the residential real estate market of Rural Crested Butte is saturated with massive property lots, sprawling ranches, jaw-dropping mountain estates, and stately single-family homes. The diverse terrain means that potential buyers have their pick of views: lakeside, rivers, distant mountains, lush valleys, or even densely wooded national forest land. With plenty of room to build, there’s often no expense spared in the creation of these one-of-a-kind estates.
Life in Rural Crested Butte is all about merging a love of the great outdoors with an eye for luxury. Residents have their pick from distinctive communities, each of which comes with its own set of HOA guidelines, convenient amenities, and desirable features. The best of skiing and biking is right at locals’ fingertips, as is an invigorating expanse of truly remarkable landscapes.
Rural Crested Butte itself is entirely residential and consequently does not contain any of the commercial trappings one would expect to find in a city. However, residents of these illustrious communities are able to make a short trip to the town of Crested Butte to make the most of its dining, upscale retail, and town activities.
Along the main drag of Elk Avenue awaits a trove of diverse eateries bragging globally inspired cuisine, from the casual Mediterranean fare of Pitas In Paradise to the creative tacos at Teocalli Tamale. The authentic Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan dishes of Sherpa Cafe are certain to satisfy any taste buds, and the innovative gourmet pizzas of Secret Stash have a cult following among savvy locals and visitors.
Brewing is a specialty in Crested Butte, whether it’s tea, coffee, or craft beers. Notable establishments for the best beverages in town include places like Camp 4 Coffee, T-Bar Tea House, Rumors Coffee & Tea House, and The Eldo Craft Brewery. In need of a sweet treat? Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has everything from decadent ice creams to chocolates and their signature caramel apples.
Apart from the multitude of general outdoor activities like trout fishing on the rivers, cross country skiing, or hiking through resplendent landscapes, Rural Crested Butte also offers up plenty of sports events for local entertainment.
The annual Grand Traverse Race Series is a collection of competitions for the truly elite athlete, and its Triple Crown event combines the disciplines of skiing, biking, and running to create a grueling test of grit and determination that draws in competitors from around the world. Started in 1976, The Crested Butte Pearl Pass Tour remains one of the oldest mountain biking events in the world and takes bikers on a strenuous 39-mile trek up Pearl Pass’s nearly 13,000-foot elevation.
When in search of a more leisurely time, residents of Rural Crested Butte can head to The Club at Crested Butte. Fitness is made simple with the club’s premier gym loaded with top-of-the-line equipment, and skiers will want to join the ultra-exclusive, on-mountain ski club. The club’s 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and boasts panoramic views, and the on-site Clubhouse is the perfect summer dining destination.
Rural Crested Butte residents have the option to attend any of the schools in the Gunnison Watershed School District. Top educational opportunities include:
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