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The Experience

Have you ever dreamed of pristine Mountains, lakes, and rivers offering a PLETHORA of adventure day after day, while coming home to a 5-star hotel with genuine home town hospitality? irwin is that Dream! 2

Crested Butte is known as Colorado's last great ski town and the wildflower capital of the state. THE HIGH PEAKS, RIVERS, MOUNTAIN LAKES AND TRAILS PROVIDE UNLIMITED RECREATION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY from fishing to rafting to mountain biking. THE TOWN'S SOPHISTICATED SIDE OFFERS UP EXCELLENT DINING AND JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PAMPERING.

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Enjoy a whitewater-rafting trip on the Taylor River where you and your family paddle through exciting class 3 whitewater.  Hop on a state of the art mountain bike and enjoy one of Crested Butte’s world-class single-track trails.  From 1-hour to a full day our guides will select the perfect ride for you.  Come fly-fishing in one of our many gold medal streams and land a Rainbow, Brown, or Cutthroat trout.  We use the valleys most experienced guides guaranteed to get you into some serious fishing weather a walk and wade, a float trip by raft, or fishing private waters.  We are excited to offer guided and instructional boating on Lake Irwin.  Lake Irwin is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon with the entire family.  With crystal clear blue water, wild flowers flooding the banks, and the snow capped peaks of the Ruby Range tower above you, there’s not a better place to experience a lake outing.  Canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and even sailboats, will give you a great variety of crafts to choose from to experience this special place.  You can even drop a line from your fishing pole to catch a Rainbow Trout.  Combine a half-day of lake boating with a wildflower hike, a peak ascent, or another activity for a full day excursion and we will include a gourmet picnic lunch and beverages.  You name it and we’ll make it happen with custom itineraries, easy logistics, elegance and adventure.  Summer at Irwin is as good as it gets!

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  • Crested Butte Population: 1,600 people and a lot of dogs.
  • Town Elevation: 8,885'
  • Nearest Airports: Gunnison (GUC) 29 miles, Montrose (MTJ) 96 miles
  • Call 1.970.349.7761 or email RESERVATIONS@IRWINCOLORADO.COM to book
  • Irwin Backcountry Guides operates under a special use permit from the US Forest Service to guide snowcat skiing, hiking, and peak climbs in the Gunnison National Forest.
  • Please see our partner page to view our local partners and guide services
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