Jennifer Broome takes us to the Wildflower capital of Colorado.
Crested Butte is called the Wildflower Capitol of Colorado. There are hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers in Crested Butte and the surrounding areas. Wildflower season runs June to September and is ever-changing from spring to summer to early fall flowers.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers daily guided peak hikes for $45 per person. Washington Gulch Road, Paradise Basin, and Schofield Pass Road are popular spots to see the wildflowers. The short drive to Gothic is doable in most cars. But you do want a high profile vehicle for Paradise Basin and Schofield Pass Road. You can rent a high profile vehicle from Aplenglow Rentals in Crested Butte.
Mark your calendar for the week long Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. The annual festival is in early to mid July. There are additional events starting in late June and running through mid-August.
Want help identifying wildflowers? Download the Crested Butte Wildflower Guide and Alpine Wildflower Guide.