The wider Crested Butte community in the north end of the Gunnison Valley includes a variety of different regions, all within close access to the amenities of downtown Crested Butte and the ski slopes and Evolution Bike Park at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. In addition, convenient, free bus service reaches most areas of the North Valley during the busy summer and winter seasons.
North Gunnison Valley Regions
In addition to the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte, residents in the north valley also live in Meridian Lake, Riverbend, Crested Butte South/Cement Creek, and rural parts of Crested Butte. Each of the regions has its own charms and benefits. Depending on your priorities, one or more of these regions will appeal to you when you plan to move to Crested Butte.
The town of Crested Butte offers convenient walking or biking access to all of the amenities of town. Close to the Crested Butte Community School, downtown Elk Avenue, Nordic skiing, and the Mountain Express bus to the mountain.
The town of Mt. Crested Butte is nestled at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. With a wide variety of housing ranging from small condos to large single family homes. Views of mountains in every direction and easy access to mountain bike and ski trails.
Development located in the Slate River Valley with views up the Paradise Divide. Stunning wildflowers and great access to hiking and Nordic skiing. A short drive or ride into either town.
Riverbend and Skyland are two developments located just south of Crested Butte off of Highway 135. Riverbend is a thriving locals’ community with homes, duplexes, and condos and quick access to the town of Crested Butte. The Skyland area is home to the Club at Crested Butte. From Skyland, you can easily access Brush Creek’s mountain biking and hiking trails.
Crested Butte South and Cement Creek can be accessed via Cement Creek Road, about 8 miles south of the town of Crested Butte. CB South is one of the largest population centers in the North Valley, friendly to families and dogs. From CB South, you can now get bus service to Crested Butte Mountain Resort in the winter. Cement Creek also has some of our best and least used mountain biking trails.
Homes are scattered throughout our rural areas away from the population centers highlighted above. Although further from our amenities and the community of Crested Butte, many people enjoy the solitude of living in the more rural areas outside of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.
Rent or Buy?
A home in the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte community can be a wise investment. Our members in the Finance and Insurance business category can help you determine if you qualify for a home loan and how much home you can afford. Our Real Estate and Property Management members can help out with the rest of the real work of buying a home in the Crested Butte Area.
If you’d rather rent, you’ll have the best luck checking in the Crested Butte News Classified Ads. The weekly paper comes out on Thursdays and trumps Craigslist as the place to check for North Valley Rentals. If you’re looking from outside the valley, you can find CB News classifieds online. It sometimes takes 12-24 hours for them to get updated after press time, so make sure you’re looking at the proper week before you start making phone calls.