At a glance

7 days
Arrival Airport
Gunnison (GUC)
river grade
Daytime Temp
30°C (86F)
Night Temp
13°C (55°F)
Average rainfall/month
13mm (0.5 inches)


Welcome to beautiful Colorado. Join the Mountains By Nature team in their spiritual home, the mountains around Crested Butte. As well as showcasing this great town, we’ll take you on a journey to scale some of the best peaks in the area, such as Mt Crested Butte, right behind town, as well as the spectacular Mt. Broncho and Mt. Henry. As with all of our trips, you’ll be treated to world class outfitting, knowledgeable and fun guides and amazing food. Sound like your sort of adventure?


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What you will be up to


Your Mountains By Nature guide will meet you at the airport (please arrive prior to 3pm) and drive you to Crested Butte, approximately 40 minutes north of Gunnison. There you will check into your accommodation and have the rest of the day to explore the mountain town of Crested Butte, get to know your guides better, or just relax. Dinner reservations will be made at a restaurant of your choice where you and your guide will have a chance to share a meal and discuss the plan for the days ahead.

Included: Dinner


Enjoy breakfast on your own and your guides will pick you up at the hotel at 9:00 am to depart town and enjoy an acclimation hike. There are countless hikes to choose from and your guides will work with you to determine which hike best suits your group. You can summit Mt. Crested Butte above 12,000 feet or choose something longer with less elevation gain. There is something for everyone within minutes of the town. After the hike you will have some personal time to get lunch and freshen up then your guides will meet you in the early afternoon to begin preparations for your backpacking trip. You will have an opportunity to shop for any personal items and your guides will do an equipment check to ensure that you have everything you need for four days in the field. If you are missing anything, or just want some new gear, there are numerous outfitters in town that will have what you need available for rent or purchase. The team will be available for an early dinner if you are interested.

Included: All meals


This morning after breakfast, your guides will meet you at the Elk Mountain Lodge to assist you with your bags and checkout.  You will keep your luggage at the lodge and only take what you need for the hike.  We will drive roughly 1.5 hours to our trail head at the Gold Creek Campground. From the campground we will hike approximately 3 miles, with an elevation gain of 1700 feet, and we will make camp near Lamphier Lake at 11,700 feet elevation. Your guides will help set up camp and make a delicious dinner before getting a well-deserved rest.  They will provide the plan for the next day.

Included: All meals


This morning your guides will wake you up with coffee and an amazing breakfast.  Today we will wake up early and begin our hike up Mt. Broncho and Mt. Henry (13,261 ft.) Along the way, your guides will share their knowledge of the local area and make sure all of your questions are answered.  Enjoy the solitude of the Fossil Ridge and take in the beautiful views while ascending the mountains.  After your summit bid, the team will descend back to camp, where you will have free time until dinner is served.  The guides will provide the plan for the next day.

Included: All meals


This morning after a hearty breakfast, you will pack up camp and hike to Mill Lake.  Once at Mill Lake, your guides will set up camp and prepare a delicious lunch.  After lunch, you will have some free time for a siesta, or you can start hiking up the adjacent mountain.  After the climb, you will head back to camp and enjoy a campfire until dinner is served.  Your guides will provide the plan for the next day.  NOTE:  We have flexibility within this itinerary to change the route due to weather, subjective or objective hazards, natural occurrences, etc.

Included: All meals


Today is our last day in the mountains.  After breakfast, you will pack up camp and begin your descent back to the Gold Creek Campground.  Back at the trail head you will load up and drive back to Crested Butte, where you will check back into the Elk Mountain Lodge.  You will have time to shower and clean up before heading out on our last night’s, celebratory dinner!

Included: All meals


This morning you can have breakfast and check out of the Elk Mountain Lodge.  Your guides will coordinate a time to transport you back to the airport in Gunnison. We ask that you arrange your flight out before 5pm. Thanks for choosing Mountains By Nature and we hope you come back for many adventures in the future!

Included: Breakfast

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UK 01709 802203

USA 303-261 8896

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Dates & Prices

Dates Duration
Sunday 4 July - Saturday 10 July 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 18 July - Saturday 24 July 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 1 August - Saturday 7 August 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 15 August - Saturday 21 August 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 29 August - Saturday 4 September 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 12 September - Saturday 18 September 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 26 September - Saturday 2 October 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 10 October - Saturday 16 October 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800
Sunday 24 October - Saturday 30 October 2021 7 days $2200 £1600 €1800


We suggest arranging your flights directly into Gunnison (airport code GUC). You can schedule your arrival at anytime on day 1 of the itinerary prior to 3pm. We are always happy to advise on flights. Please call our office for advice. Why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure, if you have them? We also suggest checking on for good deals.  Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED to run by our office.
We have price and departure information about the following trips in USA (hiking prices only – flights not included).

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Please note that prices shown in USD are payable. USA residents and UK residents should pay in USD.


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What you should bring

We find most of our clients have in their possession already what is needed for a hiking adventure. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure is attached to this page and will be sent to you prior to your departure along with gift from us to you.

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