The Land Trust actively preserves over 6,000 acres of land and over 250 miles of singletrack. We work in the Gunnison Valley to protect the things you value most, forever. Use our interactive map to explore all of our conserved properties.
Crisp days and cool nights are replacing summer temperatures. Splashes of warm color are beginning to sweep the hillsides, connecting small pieces of a golden yellow puzzle to create one glowing masterpiece.
A warm morning awakened Crested Butte on Saturday, June 2nd. A few rain clouds manifested above. Groups of volunteers piled into the shuttle at the 4-way, while others opted to ride their bicycles out to the Slate River Winter Trailhead.
Their mission: to help the Crested Butte Land Trust create Gunnison County’s first handcycle compatible single track trail, which connects from the Slate River Trailhead to the Lupine Trail. Armed with arbor hoes, pulaskis, shovels and determination, 182 volunteers took the task head-on.
This past week, the Crested Butte Land Trust preserved additional acreage in the historic Ruby Mining district near Lake Irwin. This amazing forested landscape is home to black bear, Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, and mountain lion.
Living in Crested Butte means sharing our home with the wildlife that live on the land protected by the Crested Butte Land Trust. Autumn is the time of year when the bears begin to layer on enough fat to get them through the long winter without eating or drinking. Their caloric intake goes from 2,500 calories a day to 20,000 and they forage for nutrition virtually nonstop. A black bears’ nose is 100 times more sensitive than a humans and can smell food up to 5 miles away.