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VISITOR INFO

Visitor Centers

We partner with Gunnison County to operate three Visitor Centers in the northernmost communities of the County: Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, and Gothic (summer only).

Our Crested Butte Visitor Centers are open seven days a week from 9am-5pm in the winter and summer seasons except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Hours vary in the spring and fall. Be sure to stop by after you arrive in town for a local’s perspective on the best places to eat, stay, and play in town.

After hours, stop by to pick up a Vacation Guide. You can also use our 24-hour lodging phone outside the Crested Butte Visitor Center in downtown Crested Butte which will direct you to many great Crested Butte Lodging Partners.

Crested Butte Visitor Center Locations

Visit us at the locations below to get your questions answered by our friendly team of information specialists.

Crested Butte Visitors Center
601 Elk Avenue (“the 4-way”)
Crested Butte
Mt. Crested Butte Visitors Center
Transit Center, Mountaineer Square
Mt. Crested Butte
Gothic Visitors Center
8000 County Road 317
Gothic, CO
(in partnership with Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory)

World Record Elk

The former World Record Elk was killed here in 1899 by John Plute of Crested Butte

John Plute, a hunter and bachelor who lived and worked in Crested Butte, shot this huge bull elk in 1899 in the Dark Canyon of Anthracite Creek, 12 miles west of Crested Butte with a 30-40 Krag rifle. He gave the antlers to John Rozich who later gave them to his stepson Ed Rozman.

Ed and Tony Rozman first made the effort in 1955 to bring recognition to the rack. A measurement form was filled out and sent to the Boone and Crocket Club in New York. In September 1960, with the help of the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge and Jesse Williams of the Montrose Game and Fish Department, an official measurement was made and also sent to New York.

Then the antlers themselves had to be shipped to New York to be measured by their own officials. On March 19, 1961 they were certified in a new world record: score 442 3/8. Recently, a set of horns from Arizona apparently surpassed the Crested Butte elk by a mere .25 points.

Through the efforts of the American Sportsman’s Club, a cape was mounted to the Crested Butte antlers by official taxidermist Joe Jonas Jr. and displayed during the National Western Stock Show. Countless numbers of people have seen the head.

When not on loan and/or tour, the head is being displayed at the Crested Butte Visitors Center in downtown Crested Butte. It is still one of the most impressive racks you will ever see.

Vacation Guide

Still in the planning stages of your trip to Crested Butte? Order a copy of the official Gunnison-Crested Butte Vacation Guide today to get all the details on lodging, dining, events, and the great towns here in the Gunnison Valley.

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How to get here

Current Air Schedule

The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) will offer more flights for the 2016/17 winter season making access to the Gunnison Valley more convenient than ever.

United Airlines non-stop service from Chicago (ORD) will operate daily from December 16, 2016 through January 3, 2017. In the spring, this flight will operate on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from February 18, 2017 through April 2, 2017. Daily non-stop service to/from Chicago over the winter holidays represents a significant expansion for GUC!

United Airlines non-stop service from Houston (IAH) will operate daily from December 16, 2016 through January 3, 2017. In the spring, this flight will operate Saturdays from February 18, 2017 through April 1, 2017. United Express daily service from Denver (DEN) will complement United’s flights from Chicago and Houston. On peak days, United will fly from DEN twice daily.

Alaska Airlines will fly non-stop from Los Angeles (LAX) twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from December 17, 2016 through March 25th, 2017. Fly one-way or round trip and take advantage of Alaska’s great fares.

American Airlines will fly non-stop from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) from December 15, 2016 through April 3, 2017. On peak days, American will fly from DFW twice daily.