May Mountain Memo E-Newsletter

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Recreate Responsibly This Spring

Voluntary No Float

The Slate River wetlands are home to both year-round and migratory wildlife. In an effort to protect our local Great Blue Heron rookery during critical nesting times, a voluntary no-float period from now until July 15 on the Upper Slate is in place. This section covers the Slate River from Gunsight Bridge to the Slate River Boat Launch on Pyramid Avenue in town.

Trail Conditions

As warmer days approach and we eagerly await getting out on local trails, please be mindful of seasonal trail conditions throughout the Gunnison Valley. Please visit Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association’s trail report before getting out for a hike or a ride in the upper end of the valley and Gunnison Trails for info around Gunnison. Your favorite trail might still be covered in snow for now, but melt out is happening fast. We look forward to getting on trail responsibly with you soon!

Be a Part of the Land Trust’s New Video!

Please drop by Totem Pole Park on Wednesday, May 31 between 11 AM and 2 PM to lend us 5-10 minutes of your time. Don’t worry about being camera shy – all you have to say is, “I am the Crested Butte Land Trust!” We hope to showcase as many faces from our community as possible! Email to RSVP, or just show up. See you Wednesday!

Summer Field Trips

Mark your calendars with our summer field trips series! Get outside with the Land Trust and learn from local partners about the great work being done on conserved lands. All field trips are free, and space is limited, so email to sign up today.

Thursday, June 22 @ 4 PM | Adaptive Sports Center 

Join us for a leisurely bike ride on the rec path. We’ll start out at the Kelsey Wright Building at the base area and learn about the great work that the Adaptive Sports Center does in the valley. We’ll ride from there down the rec path and learn about surrounding conservation history from staff at the Land Trust. 

Monday, August 7, ALL DAY | Wildflower Festival

This is an all day event you won’t want to miss! Join us for an 6+ mile out-and-back hike up to North Pole Basin. Hike with staff from the Land Trust and Wildflower Festival and learn about the conservation history of the area during peak wildflower season! Please note that this is an advanced, all day hike. Space is limited to first come, first serve. For this all day event, please consider making a voluntary donation to the Wildflower Festival or Land Trust. 

Thursday, August 31 @ 4 PM | Gunnison Wildlife Association

Join us on the recently conserved Schutt property with the Gunnison Wildlife Association to learn about the work that they do in the valley to protect and enhance the health and sustainability of local wildlife habitat.

Thursday, September 14 @ 4 PM | Gunsight Bridge 5th Anniversary with CB Land Trust 

The Crested Butte Land Trust invites you to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the new Gunsight Bridge! Join us for a group bike or hike to the bridge where we’ll raise a toast to this beloved community resource and learn about the work that made this project possible. Can’t join us for a bike or hike? Let us know if you can meet us at the bridge at 4:30 PM for light refreshments! Please note parking is limited.

Biking group will meet at the 4-way and bike Woods Walk to Lower Loop (~3 mi beginner level).

Hiking group will meet at the Oh-Be-Joyful campground and hike on the new trail (~1 mi flat beginner).

National Trails Day with CBMBA

Join the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association for a community workday on Saturday, June 3 to celebrate National Trails Day and give some love to the Lupine trails! Please hike, bike or carpool to the workday, 10am – 4pm starting at the Saddle Ridge cul-de-sac. Festivities and a BBQ to follow!

Dig in Day with Mtn Roots

Glacier Farm, a regenerative agriculture project in CB South and a collaboration with Mountain Roots, needs your helping hands! Join Mountain Roots Food Project from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 8 to open the farm for the summer. Homemade BBQ to follow. Contact with any questions or to RSVP.

Valley Housing Fund Midsummer’s Party

The Valley Housing Fund is hosting a Midsummer’s Eve party on Wednesday, June 21 from 5 PM – dusk to celebrate their founders, Butch Clark and his late wife Judy, at the Clark Cabin in the Lost Canyon. The Clarks’ vision in 2010 to combine land conservation with affordable housing funding was the foundation for the Valley Housing Fund and also for saving Long Lake.

VHF will provide drinks, a cookout, and a campfire celebration. RSVP to for more details, directions and include any past memories you might have from the cabin.

Partners in Conservation

Here, we highlight fellow organizations and businesses committed to preserving the lands that make our home so special.

Please enjoy the video below from Colorado River District.

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