Wild about the Wildflower Festival in Colorado

A late spring led to a longer than expected bloom time. Photos courtesy of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association.

27th annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival July 8 – 14, 2013
Gunnison-Crested Butte is one of the best hub locations for summertime hiking and wildflower explorations. It takes a lot to be dubbed the official wildflower capital of Colorado, considering the state’s natural beauty. The region is geared to skiing in the winter months, but for few short months Gunnison-Crested Butte is a nature lovers and hikers paradise.

Colorado’s largest lake, with two marinas, is in Curecanti National Recreation Area. This is not only the official wildflower capital of Colorado; it also holds the Colorado state records for rainbow, brown, lake trout and Kokanee salmon.

Trip Tip: The Gunnison Visitor Center is offering a coupon for 2 free flies from Gene Taylor’s – a $4 value! For more summer discounts, travel specials and lodging packages, click.

The diversity of flowers allows for a long wildflower season. Photos courtesy of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association

Over 200 events are scheduled during the wildflower festival. Activities include hikes and walks, jeep tours, garden tours, and workshops in photography, art, gardening, medicinal and botany. Complimentary Local Shuttle, Parking on site.

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival and Crested Butte Music Festival are co-hosting a Wildflower Happy Hour and American String Quartet combo, where cocktails and appetizers will be served, Gregg Morin-the 2013 Poster Artist will sign posters, and chamber music by Chopin, Shostakovich and Dvorak will be presented.

Include one of these celebrations during your wildflower vacation.
Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival  July 11- 14, 2013 returns this summer to one of Colorado’s most charming mountain towns. Striving to create a wine and culinary festival that complements the array of amazing offerings in The Town of Crested Butte and the Town of Mount Crested Butte, this festival is the perfect excuse to visit this scenic and captivating area.

Crested Butte Music Festival  June 16 – July 28. Crested Butte Wildflower Festival and Crested Butte Music Festival are co-hosting a Wildflower Happy Hour and American String Quartet combo, where cocktails and appetizers will be served, Gregg Morin-the 2013 Poster Artist is signing posters, and chamber music by Chopin, Shostakovich and Dvorak will be presented.

113th Annual Cattlemen’s Days Celebration is in Gunnison. The region offers 1880s Western & Victorian mountain town packages as well as Colorado’s oldest and longest running rodeo – Cattlemen’s Days. Celebrating 113 years, the rodeo runs July 6 – 14, 2013.

Cattlemen’s Days events are all held at the Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center in Gunnison. Call 800.814.8893 for a brochure or go to www.cattlemensdays.com Tickets can be purchased locally in June or can be purchased at the door.

The nine days of Cattlemen’s Days festivities features a county fair, parade, live music and dancing, a horse show, cowboy poetry, horse races, and of course, the rodeo. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for reserved grandstand seating. For general admission, children under 12 accompanied by a paid adult are free and $5.00 for a grandstand seat. Rodeo events are sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Cowboy up with trail rides, pack trips and at guest ranches that offer even more opportunities for Western adventures.

Photos courtesy of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association

Vacationing in the mountains
Gunnison is 7,775 feet above sea level. Crested Butte is 8,885 and Mt. Crested Butte is 9,380 feet above sea level.

The majority of visitors do not suffer from altitude sickness. Prevent or at least lessen altitude sickness with these suggestions. Stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated, especially with a sports drink containing electrolytes, improves performance and energy at higher elevations. Allow your body to adjust and increase elevation slowly. Stay a night or two at ½ or ¾ of your final altitude destination. Do not drink excessive alcohol or caffeine.

Lodging ranges from hotels, B & B’s, Inns, cabins and home rentals in Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. For more information: Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association reservation hotline at (888) 559-0841.

Luggage Free Travel
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