Crested Butte, CO Driving
Conditions & Tips
Crested Butte , Colorado Travel & Tourism Information.
Crested Butte Driving Tips
When driving to Crested
Butte, Colorado you will pass through some of Colorado's most inspiring
scenery. Rugged and beautiful mountains surround the entire Crested
Butte vicinity. In the winter, Crested Butte's high elevation brings
lots of snow to the Colorado high-country. With the Crested
Butte Ski Resort receiving some of the best snow in Colorado,
the roads around Crested Butte, CO can get slick and tricky. Here are
some tips for your winter driving in Crested
- Always keep the top half of your gas tank full. It
can give you better traction and gives you a bigger margin of error
if you get stuck and have to keep the engine running periodically to
- If you are stuck in a serious storm do not leave
your car. Run the engine periodically and wait for help.
- Carry blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel, some
nutrition bars or even candy bars for sustenance. Winterize your vehicle's
safety kit by including extra blankets, sand to help gain traction
in the event you become stuck on ice or snow, jumper cables, an ice
scraper and lock de-icer.
- Remember that 4-wheel drive does not mean 4-wheel
stop. A 4-wheel drive vehicle will not stop any better in icy conditions.
- Be sure of your route. Don't go exploring in the
back-country without some local knowledge, especially during a storm
or when one is bearing down anywhere near your location. The weather
can change quickly and violently in the Rocky Mountains and not necessarily
only in the heart of winter.
- Be sure you have good tires. The Colorado State Patrol
recommends at least 1/8 of an inch tread depth. All season radials
on a front-wheel-drive passenger vehicle are adequate for most situations.
Snow tires on most rear wheel drive vehicles are usually adequate.
Chain restrictions in Colorado are most often put into effect for commercial
vehicles (semi-trailer trucks) and do not usually affect passenger
- In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don't
drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility
can lead to large chain reaction accidents. Remember you can't see
around mountain curves and corners either.