Van Tours with Vandenbusche

Join the Crested Butte Museum with historian Duane Vandenbusche as we explore five different areas of Crested Butte and The Gunnison Valley.  All trips include transportation and lunch.  Trips that begin at the museum include a continental breakfast.  Trips that begin at the Almont you can choose to join a roundtable session with Duane prior to departing, where you pay for your own meal.  Below are details for each trip.

June 14th:  Crested Butte, Gateway to the Elks and Coal

Join us for this series of tours around Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley featuring historian Duane Vandenbusche.  This tour will be centered around the history of Crested Butte: Gateway to the Elks & Coal.  Topics will include Pioneer Wagon Road, Lake Irwin and the mining town of Irwin, Irwin Cemetery & Mary Bambrough, Kebler Pass, Ohio Pass, Floresta, “The bench”, Big Mine and coal mining, and the ethnic people of Crested Butte.

We meet at the Crested Butte Museum at 8am for a light breakfast (rolls, fruit, coffee).  Duane will go over his topics for the day and we will head out in the van to make stops along the way.  Van transportation will be included with this tour, however, you are welcome to transport yourself if you choose to do so.  A sack-lunch will also be provided with the tour: sandwich, chips or another side, and a drink.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so we can accommodate your breakfast and lunch.  The tour will end around 3pm.

June 28th:  Taylor Park & Spring Creek: Valley of the Gods

This tour will be centered around the history of Taylor Park and Spring Creek: Valley of the Gods.  Topics will include Bomber Crash in Taylor Canyon, a tour of the Taylor Dam, the Taylor Reservoir, The Silver Camp of Tin Cup, Dorchester (North end of Taylor Park) Star & Enterprise Mines, Deadman’s Gulch, and Spring Creek.

The tour will officially begin at 9am, however you are invited for a roundtable breakfast session with Duane beginning at 8am.  Breakfast is not included in the cost of this ticket, but lunch and transport is included.  Duane will go over his topics for the day during his roundtable session from 8am-9am.  All participants, whether joining for the breakfast roundtable or not, will meet at The Almont Resort at 9am.  At 9am, we will head out in the van to make stops along the way.  Van transportation will be included with this tour, however, you are welcome to transport yourself if you choose to do so.  A sack-lunch will also be provided with the tour: sandwich, chips or another side, and a drink.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so we can accommodate your breakfast and lunch.  The tour will end around 3pm.

July 12th:  The North Country 

This tour will be centered around the history of The North Country: Gold, Coal, Silver, and Flowers.  Topics will include Anthracite (Smith Hill/Cloud City), Oh Be Joyful Campground – early mining town, how it got its name, Poverty Gulch, Hidalgo and Pittsburg, Washington Gulch, Placer Gold Camps, Gothic, Schofield Pass – Town of Schofield, 401, West Maroon Pass, and flowers of the valley.

We meet at the Crested Butte Museum at 8am for a light breakfast (rolls, fruit, coffee).  Duane will go over his topics for the day and we will head out in the van to make stops along the way.  Van transportation will be included with this tour, however, you are welcome to transport yourself if you choose to do so.  A sack-lunch will also be provided with the tour: sandwich, chips or another side, and a drink.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so we can accommodate your breakfast and lunch.  The tour will end around 3pm.

July 26th:  The Black Canyon 

This tour will be centered around the history of The Black Canyon. Topics will include the 9-10 resorts along the river between Gunnison and The Lake City Bridge, the building of the Blue Mesa Dam, the four towns (Iola, Kezar, Cebolla, and Sapinero) inundated by the reservoir, Pioneer Point, 1901 and the search for a site for Gunnison Tunnel, and the significance of water in the Gunnison country and the west.

We will meet at 8:30am at The Three Rivers Resort for coffee and get prepared to leave for the day.  Van transportation will be included with this tour, however, you are welcome to transport yourself if you choose to do so.  A sack-lunch will also be provided with the tour: sandwich, chips or another side, and a drink.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so we can accommodate your breakfast and lunch.  The tour will end around 3pm.

August 9th:  Crested Butte Ski History 

This tour will be centered around the history of skiing in Crested Butte and The Gunnison Valley. Topics will include Rozman Hill, Pioneer Hill at mouth of Cement Creek, Quicks Hill, Lower Loop and Pershing Mine Hill, Chocolate Peak, Gibson Ridge, Red Lady Basin (Mount Emmons), Chicken Ranch, and Crested Butte Mountain Resort.  Please note this is a walking tour around town and a portion of the lower loop and no transportation will be provided or needed for this tour.

We meet at the Crested Butte Museum at 8am for a light breakfast (rolls, fruit, coffee).  Duane will feature a slideshow on the history of skiing in the Gunnison Country and his topics for the day, then we will head out on the walking tour of the area.  A sack-lunch will also be provided with the tour: sandwich, chips or another side, and a drink.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so we can accommodate your breakfast and lunch.  The tour will end around 3pm.

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