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Colorado Gives Day
Photo by Rebecca Ofstedahl

Mary Baskin is grateful for the abundance of trails in the Gunnison Valley. The community’s great network of trails even inspired Mary to write a trail book, “Enjoying Crested Butte the Easy Way”.

Mary was drawn to Crested Butte, not only for the trails, but for the small town feel, spectacular majesty, wildflowers, great skiing, restaurants and wonderful summer weather… to name a few!

“I absolutely LOVE CRESTED BUTTE just the way it is,” says Mary. “I think that (the Land Trust) is doing the most to keep it that way.”

Mary is one of thousands of folks who united on Tuesday, December 4 for the annual Colorado Gives Day. Together, these people broke records, raising a whopping $15 million through 68,000 donations, a 20% increase over last year’s event.

Fourteen generous individuals donated to the Land Trust during the 24-hour period. These conservation leaders helped raise more than $3,000, creating recreational trails where appropriate and providing opportunities for families who want to conserve their land.

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, 100% of donations made to the Crested Butte Land Trust went to the organization. In addition, the value of each donation was increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund.

“Once again, Coloradans demonstrate amazing generosity and the passion to ‘Give where you live,’” said Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “I am awed by what happens when the community comes together—because it takes a community-wide effort to create this level of success.”

We would like to thank everyone who donated during Colorado Gives Day. We sincerely appreciate your support.


  • Protect the North Pole Basin, a 158-acre property rich with biological diversity. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Colorado’s majestic fourteeners from a new hiking trail.
  • Assist working family ranches so they may conserve their land and retain their Colorado ranching heritage.
  • Save an incredibly scenic portion of the Woods Walk Trail which is at risk of becoming fragmented.
  • Provide critical improvements to the Perimeter Trail, planned to surround the Town of Crested Butte.