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Crested Butte became a registered National Historic District in 1974 to preserve our distinctive buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Join us on an Elk Avenue Walking Tour to learn about the history of the buildings, mining history, and stories from the community.

We occasionally host themed walking tours that focus on a certain area of town or a specific subject relating to Crested Butte’s history.  Some themed tours we’ve hosted in the past are the railroad history walking tour, the history of second street, and ranching history in Crested Butte.  Follow us on Facebook or sign-up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to be notified about the next themed walking tour.

Our regularly scheduled Elk Avenue Walking Tours will resume in June 2023 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am – 11:30am that meet at the Museum at 4th and Elk Avenue. Tours cost $20 (members) and $25 (non-members).  We offer private walking tours outside of these regularly scheduled times for $25 per person, at a minimum of 3 people or $75 per tour.  Call the museum at (970) 349-1880 or email [email protected] to schedule a private tour.

What to Expect

  • An awesome and knowledgable tour guide
  • Learning about Crested Butte history, architecture, community stories, and more
  • 1.5-2 hours of walking in variable mountain weather (could be sun, rain, snow, wind, etc.)
  • Group size of 3-10 participants

What to Bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Extra weather layers (sweater/rainjacket)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Small fanny pack, backpack, or purse to carry your personal belongings
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera or cell phone for taking pictures


“The tour guide’s personal connection to the town and its citizens made it extra special!”
“We enjoyed seeing the original buildings & hearing the stories. Our tour guide was very informational and knowledgable”
” Great information with local flair!”


” We loved everything about the tour, our guide was a walking history museum! We learned about the town we’ve never seen before “

Register for a Walking Tour

Choose the walking tour you’d like to sign up for to the right, or view the full calendar for upcoming dates.

Crested Butte Historic Walking Tours are held on a regular basis and feature the overall history of the town of Crested Butte.

Our specialty walking tours are offered occasoinally and focus on the history of a certain theme or part of town, and are more in depth than our regular walking tours.

Upcoming Tours

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