Vibrant wildflowers adorn the the mountains and valleys of Crested Butte for two glorious months. From late June through August, verdant green meadows are dotted with a dazzling array of colors. Swaths of yellow mules ears and blue lupines streak the landscape. Brilliant sunny skies transform the flowers into wild stained glass windows for the mountain cathedral. It’s a veritable kaleidoscope of colors. It’s no surprise to learn that Crested Butte claims to be the wildflower capital of Colorado. The wildflowers are so beautiful, you can practically hear the mountains singing their exuberant praise.
I can’t think of a better way to enjoy this spectacular show than to hike through it. I was lucky enough to spend four weeks in Crested Butte in 2017. Throughout July, I’m going to share with you a few memorable hikes that show why Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of Colorado. To start, let me take you along the Rustler Gulch Trail.