Town Of Crested Butte

The Town of Crested Butte, fondly referred to as the Gateway to the Elk Mountains, sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet in a valley high atop the Rocky Mountains. Crested Butte was originally home to the Ute Indians, prior to the miners who migrated to the area as early as 1860.  Miners were attracted to the area because of the extensive coal deposits, establishing Crested Butte as a major supply center prior to becoming a long-term coal producer.  

On November 21, 1881, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad began operations between Gunnison and Crested Butte. The arrival of the railroad ended Crested Butte’s isolation and facilitated the expansion of the coal industry and the town.

The first large mine in Crested Butte was called the Jokerville Mine, established in the 1880s. On January 24, 1884, an explosion occurred, and the mine never reopened. Later that same year, the Big Mine was opened, becoming the third largest coal mine in Colorado and producing the highest quality coal in the state. 

Big Mine operated for 58 years, eventually closing in 1952 bringing the end of the coal era in Crested Butte. In 1955, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad removed their tracks and Crested Butte’s economy and population declined.

In 1960, Dick Elfin and Fred Rick from Kansas, purchased a ranch northeast of the town of Crested Butte. By the winter of 1962 – 1963, they opened a ski area on Crested Butte Mountain with Colorado’s first gondola, revitalizing the area and growing it to its present-day resort community.

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Bed & Breakfast

Crested Butte's Oldest Bed & Breakfast offer old world charm mixed with the new mountain amenities to be the perfect base camp for your mountain adventures. Originally built in 1927, the building was used as the Crested Butte Big Mine mining office. After the mines closed in the 1950's it was used as part of the Colorado Springtime Family Camp. When camp closed down, it was rolled on logs one mile to the east side of town and started a short life as a family home. With a lot of work from the new owners, it began a new life in 1976 as the Purple Mountain Lodge servicing early vacationers to the area.

The Bed & Breakfast honors it's history while offering all the comforts of the ultimate mountain getaway. It has six comfortable rooms, plenty of common space, an outdoor hot tub, an in-house day spa, daily beer tastings and unique gourmet breakfasts served each day in the dining room hosting a view of Mt. Crested Butte. 

Included Amenities:

  • Gourmet Breakfast

  • Daily Colorado Craft Beer Tastings

  • Free WIFI

  • Outdoor Hot Tub

  • Hot Chocolate Bar

  • Chocolate Milk Recovery Station

  • Townie Bikes for riding around Town (Summer only)

  • Ski Storage at the Base Area (Winter Only)

  • Mt. Bike Work and Washing Station

  • Locally made soaps and Pharmacopia shower products in the rooms

Added Cost Amenities:

  • In-House Boutique Day Spa offering:

    • Massage

    • Facials

    • Waxing


your hosts

Chris Haver was a high school teacher and a wilderness leadership instructor from the east coast when he decided to move to Crested Butte and buy the Bed & Breakfast in 2003 in order to create a life in the Colorado mountains after falling in love with area. He was drawn to Crested Butte because of his love for skiing, biking, hiking and all things outdoors. He trained under a nutritionist to cook in collage and has incorporated his enjoyment of cooking to create a gourmet breakfast worth getting up for each morning. 
Mollie moved to Crested Butte after falling in love with Chris (and the mountain life) to pursue her passion for skiing, trail running and biking. Leaving a corporate lifestyle behind, she quickly became partners in a local CPA and Advisory Firm to help small business thrive in a small tourist economy town. Their favorite apart of hosting guests is sharing all their years of local knowledge to make sure the visitor makes the most of their time in Crested Butte.