2018 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival
Crested Butte is known as the wildflower capital of Colorado for good reason. The high alpine valleys surrounding the town are perfectly suited for a wondrous variety of native species, which explode in brilliant color every summer.
The wildflower festival began in 1986 through the efforts of a few insightful Crested Butte locals. It has grown into a summer-long season of events with over 200 classes offered by over 80 instructors, tour guides, and volunteers.
During the festival, you can choose from 4×4 & van tours, hikes, art classes, birding & butterflies, botany & medicinal lectures, edibles, garden tours, walks, photography classes, and much more!
When: JULY 6-15, 2018
Hikes & Walks
You can see many wildflowers by venturing out on scenic drives, there is no better way than to appreciate the wildflowers we have than hiking.
The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts and Crested Butte Wildflower Festival team up to bring you an array of wildflower-inspired art classes to capture the essence of why Crested Butte is the Wildflower Capital of the World.
Year-round photography workshops and guided photography tours led by local photographers. You will learn about scouting, light, lens selection, composition and much more as you enjoy the camaraderie of fellow photographers on a common mission, to create amazing images and improve your craft.
Enjoy the beautiful Crested Butte scenery on an epic 4WD tour in the awesome 10 passenger Unimog! Alpine Express offers two tours daily through the beautiful scenery of Crested Butte. See sites such as old mining camps, ghost towns, wildflowers, waterfalls, lakes and incredible mountain scenery.
Botany & Conservation Medicinal
Plants have been used as medicine the world over for thousands of years. Making your own botanical-based remedies is easier than you think. The recipe for this fresh plant tincture for skin care treatments comes from a class on “Making Simple Plant Medicines”.
Cooking classes that take inspiration from flowers and nature demonstrate how to create delicious, healthy and fun summer appetizers and meals.
Gardening classes provide tips on how to create a more natural, native garden that will attract the desired pollinators.
Birding & Butterflies
Birds and butterflies go together with wildflowers. Learn how to identify the area’s unique birds from their song and see stunning butterflies feasting on gorgeous wildflowers.