Rosy Lane Campground and Crested Butte Vacation

Crested Butte Camping
Crested Butte View from the Lupine Trail

Crested Butte is my favorite Colorado mountain town. It’s quaint, not too crowded, and the mountains are majestic. I’m a little bummed that Vail bought the mountain, because I think this will bring more traffic and take away it’s uniqueness. However, it is far enough from the Denver area which will likely keep the crowds low. If it wasn’t so isolated, I’d be trying to convince the family to move here.

Rosy Lane Campground in Gunnison, CO

Rosy Lane Campsite
Rosy Lane Campsite

For our summer Crested Butte camping trip, we stayed at the Rosy Lane Campground just outside in Gunnison. The campground is right off a main road. It also borders Taylor River which drowns out the noise
of the traffic. I always get nervous with my kids around water, because at this time they didn’t know how to swim and the river flows pretty fast. But it is a short walk from the campsite so we just made sure to keep on an eye on them. Plus the water is really cold so they weren’t trying to jump in.

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Taylor River view from Rosy Lane Campsite

The site offers a few trails by the river and of course fishing. Other amenities include:
– picnic tables
– fire rings
– drinking water
– vaulted toliets
– two sites with electric hookups

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Image from Recreation.gov. The best site are along the river. The road is a little noisy from the sites that border the road, but near the river the water drowns out the noise.

Kid-Friendly Crested Butte

On this trip, we spent quite a bit of time away from the site for our daytime activities. One day we went to the Taylor Reservoir for some time on the water-boating and fishing. Another day, we attended the Crested Butte Arts Festival. Kid-friendly booths offered face painting, henna, and temporary tattoos.

Hummingbirds at the Taylor Reservoir

To take a break from campsite cooking we ate at the Secret Stash. The pizza was delicious and now this will be a regular stop when we are in town. Another favorite for us is the Ryce Asian Bistro.

Luckily for everyone in town, we got a couple showers in at the Crested Butte Youth Hostel. I’ts currently closed for renovations, but surely it will open again soon. They didn’t charge us for our kids, had hot water, and even had hair dryers available.

Ladies Bike Day

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Lupine Trail Bike Pic.

The ladies even got a bike ride in this trip. I rented a fancy bike and headed to the Lupine Trail and the Lower Loop Trail. These were moderate to easy for the hardcore mountain biker, but perfect for me with rolling hills, not too much incline and an easy downhill. The total with both trails combined is about 6.5 miles. Plus we had to stop and take bike selfies along the way.

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Bike Selfie

Until next time Crested Butte!

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