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USA/West: Crested Butte, CO

'The Town That Wouldn't Die'

Outdoors

Skiing. Crested Butte Mountain Resort operates 15 chairlifts with a capability of transporting about 20,000 people per hour. There are 121 trails, and more than half are for intermediate-level skiers.

Mountain Biking, Hiking and Walking. The Gunnison Valley has 750 miles of mountain bike trails. There are beginner and expert trails, and a free trail map can be a good guide.

Photo: Gary Stoller

Boat Tours. Don’t miss the Morrow Point Boat Tours. A leisurely 90-minute boat tour by the National Park Service delivers a spectacular ride through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Book early, because there’s limited space during the busy summer season. Two tours are scheduled each day June through mid-September. 

Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Tubing. Outfitter/adventure company Wheelies and Waves enjoys joining its customers on paddle board and kayak expeditions at pristine reservoirs and high-altitude mountain lakes. You can’t go wrong if you get into the company’s four-wheel-drive vehicle and head up Scofield Pass to idyllic, cloud-hugging Emerald Lake, The outfitter also rents tubes, bikes and motorcycles. Tubing down the Slate River can be a relaxing, exhilarating experience. The Float Shack also rents tubes and paddle boards.

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IMEX 2018