Colorado is dotted with lovely towns from which to take in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Although each season brings different sources of wonder and unforgettable activities, the high country is an excellent year-round destination. And when it comes to beauty and fun, few places match the quiet town of Crested Butte.
Skiers love the Butte for its excellent snow and lack of crowds (because it’s much further from the state’s population centers, far fewer people make it up). However you feel about skiing, you’ll enjoy the charm of the small resort town, luxury spas, decadent restaurants and a wealth of activities. Summer visitors will appreciate the miles upon miles of hiking and biking trails (often home to amazing wildflower explosions), fishing, and a regular stream of festivals and events. In the fall, the mountains seem to be on fire as yellow Aspen leaves sparkle in the sun (an underrated example of fall foliage seen only in the West).
And it leads back to winter and spring where the glorious snow speaks for itself.
To discover why expert skiers and those looking for quieter mountain scenery choose Crested Butte, book your trip today. What follows is a list of 10 Vrbo rentals in Crested Butte to help you find your way to a perfect vacation.
Large detached house just outside the city
Rent now$1,577/night average
An extraordinary home in an equally remarkable location, this large house – known by some as “The Ashram” – is a recipe for delight. Although a walk into town will only take 5 minutes of your time, the house feels like a world unto itself. The 35 hectare property contains a small level open plan surrounded by steep mountain slopes. About 10 minutes from the ski area, the house also offers easy access to hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails. Additionally, summer visitors will enjoy fishing for rainbow trout in the backyard pond. Even without talking about the house’s interiors (they are beautiful), it should already be clear that this house is your ticket to an unforgettable mountain vacation.
Mountaintop mansion on 52 acres
Rent now$1,141/night average
Privacy, beauty and luxury are the things that dream vacations are made of. All are to be found in generous portions at this magnificent home near Crested Butte. Walk around the property and you’ll find the views range from grand to spectacular. Given the beautiful furnishings, this is almost as true inside the house as without it. The house’s decor is distinctly antique, but by no means unfashionable. Besides the usual mountain house accoutrements, the house has a wonderful home theater, an arcade room, a telescope, and a notable collection of artwork. The town of Crested Butte is about 10 minutes down the road, the ski area a little further.
Glamorous living at Goldlink
Rent now$449/night average
There is reason enough to suggest this luxury Crested Butte rental used as a demonstration of what a mountain house should be like. It has the right look (with unvarnished wood frames, wood fixtures, large leather couches), the right amenities (sauna, bathtubs in every full bathroom, a wood-burning fireplace), and best of all, it’s in the right location (there are mountain views, you can ski right to the front door, and the Goldlink lift is 200 meters away). The two king bedrooms are very well separated from the two queen rooms so there is plenty of privacy. In addition, the house has two living rooms and even an office for those who need to get some work done in the fresh mountain air.
Log Cabin at Lee’s Summit
Rent now$578/night average
Whether it’s winter or summer, this fine wooden house is ready to accommodate groups longing for a spell in the mountains. Winter visitors will appreciate the convenience of walking to the lifts (the distance is short and takes between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on your speed), as well as the hot tub and steam room. Summer travelers will love the outdoor spaces and the proximity to both town and trails. Everyone will delight in the rustic design and elegant furnishings that make this home the picture of romantic mountain living.
Alpine Edge Retreat
Rent now$606/night average
Whether you’re out for winter fun or summer sun, this home tops the trails is an excellent way to make the most of Crested Butte’s natural treasures. It is a 10 minute drive from the ski area, just above Meridian Lake, a curious relic of the Ice Age and a wonderful place to walk. The route for the scenic route up Snodgrass Mountain start at your doorstep too. Inside, the house is spacious and the area quiet (though probably less so if you plan to fill the bunk room with four little ones). The home has two queen bedrooms with access to the deck and a lovely master suite with a Jacuzzi tub and king bed.
Big Beautiful House In The Butte
Rent now$617/night average
Whether viewed from the chairlift, the bike trail or the vaulted great room of this wonderful home, the mountains around Crested Butte are a moving sight. Of course, the possibilities extend far beyond simply seeing the mountains when you stay at this house. Tackle them in the way that suits you and then return home to the comforts of a hot tub, two beautiful living areas and a home-cooked meal in the spacious kitchen. The bedrooms (there are five of them) are also spacious, something everyone in a large family will appreciate.
Ski-In/Ski-Out In Prospect
Rent now$1,190/night average
Another large ski-in/ski-out property served by the Gold Link lift, this 5,000 sq. ft. home is an outdoorsman’s dream. While the master suite is certainly the most extravagant bedroom, the three queen rooms are not without charm, filled with decor reminiscent of a grand old hotel and amenities such as steam showers. With so many games and places to play indoors and outdoors, kids certainly won’t mind staying in the humbler bunk or double-twin rooms (the latter of which can be converted into a king).
Gentle and pet friendly home on the hill
Rent now$700/avg per night
Everyone who joins you on your Crested Butte trip will no doubt thank you for the invitation, but few people will ever be as grateful as your dogs when you stay at this big house near the base. It’s a 2-minute drive from the base of the ski area, but your dog will surely appreciate the walk down when you visit one of the town’s many dog-friendly restaurants. Given its size, the house is ideal for large groups. Up to 14 people can spread over five bedrooms. Also striking is the large deck that comes with a grill and breathtaking mountain views.
Rent now$1,517/night average
Downtown Crested Butte is full of spas, restaurants, shops, and venues, so it’s no surprise that many people choose to stay in the heart of town rather than at the base of the ski lift or surrounding mountains. This family home just off Elk Street is the best way to explore the town. Every business on Crested Butte’s main drag is just a short walk away and the bus to the ski area stops right across the street. Smartly furnished and built for skiers, the house can comfortably accommodate 14 guests across seven bedrooms.
Rent now$360/night average
The rustic nature of this cabin above Meridian Lake is one reason why it earned its name. But grandpa settled here for good reason. This out-of-the-way corner of Crested Butte was an excellent place to call home and remains a great place to go on your travels. Single track bike trails, hiking trails and epic four-wheel drive roads abound in the immediate area. Adventure awaits on both roads of every fork in every trail. Not the home for those looking for a modern experience, it is charming nonetheless. There are three queen-size bedrooms and a loft room with six beds. Be sure to invite the whole family.
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