About The Lodge

Lodge Overview

The Elk Mountain Lodge is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood surrounded by historic residences, yet only two blocks from the Crested Butte’s “main street,” Elk Avenue, two blocks from the shuttle to Mt. Crested Butte Ski Area, and four blocks from the groomed Nordic ski trails.

Most guests who fly in for their stay at the lodge don’t bother with car rentals because everything is so convenient.

The Elk Mountain Lodge B&B is a jewel, one of those quiet little inns that’s perfect for small groups, and has become a favorite of ski and bicycle clubs looking for a modest yet elegant mountain trip.

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Complimentary Breakfast for every Guest!

A Deluxe Continental breakfast is served including rotating scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles or French toast. An assortment of breads, bagels, jam, fresh fruit, homemade granola, yogurt, fresh juice, tea, cocoa, coffee, fresh baked goods and homemade snacks are served daily.

Occasionally, you may be treated to an impromptu concert from one of the music festival events, which the lodge hosts from time to time. The lobby and social area are conveniently integrated with the bar and dining area. A well-stocked game room and library are available for those “cozy, cool mountain evenings”.

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We’re Here to Help

The staff at the lodge is always available to give guests suggestions for the best local “off the beaten path” special places in the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

Innkeepers are available from 7:00am to 11:00pm to assist guests in planning their high country activities. The lodge staff has a wealth of knowledge of Gunnison County. They are accustomed to going out of their way to provide guests with that “local’s” view of downhill and backcountry skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking trails, and fishing holes.

A stay at The Elk Mountain Lodge is like being a member of the Innkeeper’s extended family. The recent renovation of this historic miner’s hotel still leaves the old charm of the turn of the century. For directions to the lodge and to make reservations please visit our reservations page.

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The Elk Mountain Lodge is a member of the Downtown Crested Butte Lodging Association

A Brief History of the Lodge

This building was erected as a hotel and boardinghouse for miners working for the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in 1919. The building was constructed of cinderblocks made using cinders from the mine slag piles and locally pressed. The building housed up to 65 boarders. A.E. Strangfeld recalls that the front porch extended across the entire width of the building and contained bench-type seats where the boarders would sit after their evening meal in the summer. Meals were served family-style in big bowls placed on the table.

The hotel then contained the only public telephone in that part of Crested Butte. Anyone in the area of the hotel who needed to make a call placed it from the hotel and incoming calls for people in that part of town were transferred to the hotel. When the Big Mine closed in 1952, CF&I began to sell off its property in Crested Butte. In 1952, Austin Yarnel bought the building from CF&I and reopened it as the Elk Mountain Lodge.

The old coal stove that was once used to heat the miner’s lodge still exists in the basement of the Elk Mountain Lodge. The original buttresses, which added support for the building, can be seen near the guest computer in the lobby. Back when miners inhabited the lodge, 2nd Street was considered Main Street and the miners walked to and from the Big Mine located on the bench behind where the Crested Butte Nordic Center exists today. Since the closing of the mine a large home has been built right on top of where many lives were lost.

In the mid-70’s the restaurant Donita’s occupied the front of the building, which is how the liquor license was acquired. During that time the front entrance was for restaurant patrons and the back entrance was used for guests to check in at the Elk Mountain Lodge. After Donita’s moved to their current location on Elk Avenue, a Chinese restaurant briefly took over the front space of the lodge.

During the early-80’s, the Elk Mountain Lodge underwent a great deal of change. The third floor of the building was added along with each room getting a private bathroom. The sunroom, where guests now enjoy breakfast, the tv room and first floor rooms were also added during this time.

We hope you enjoyed this piece of history. Thank you for staying with us and please let us know if there is anything you need.

Elk Mountain Lodge Staff

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Guest Comments


Don’t take our word for it,
read some of our reviews of our past guests below.

“We had a great stay at Elk Mountain Lodge! Very cozy and inviting inside…love the decor and all the plants. Friendly and welcoming staff; we appreciated the afternoon cookies, tea, and conversation. The secured bike room and outside bike wash station also made things easy. Hot tub was amazing (it’s always nice when they are functional)! Excellent location, close to everything. We will absolutely be back.”

Alexandra T.

“This is the sweetest bed and breakfast. It’s so homey and clean the service is excellent. Breakfast is delicious and was delightful to wake up to. Highly recommend staying here if you’re in the area!!”

Jessie T.

“Nice place. Just far enough of elk street to be quiet.”

Ken T.

“We absolutely loved our stay here. The staff, in particular Mark, were absolutely top notch and such nice people. The breakfast was always very good and we loved all of the amenities this lodge had to offer. When we visit again, we will definitely be staying here again”

John S.

“Wonderful place to stay! Everyone is so nice and accomodating. Already booked my 2019 stay!”

Ed R.

“This place immediately felt like home! With its comfy couches, classy decor, piano, many plants, and the wonderful staff, I couldn’t imagine a better place to stay.”

Leila T.

“The Elk Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to stay if you find yourself in the Crested Butte area. It’s location, mere blocks from the historic downtown area, is ideal for exploring Crested Butte’s restaurants and coffee shops. The hotel itself definitely retains the historic feel, while still having comfortable beds and clean rooms. The staff were also extraordinarily helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Would definitely stay again!”

Dan Vida

Meet the Owners

Locally Owned and Operated

Mike and Amy Nolan are the proud owners of the Elk Mountain Lodge. Mike purchased the lodge in December, 2000 after managing it for 2 years and working the front desk for a year. Mike lived in the lodge for 7 years and now lives down the street in the town of Crested Butte with Amy and sons, Eli and Ty, and daughter, Finley.

Mike shares his local knowledge and enthusiasm for mountain biking, hiking, and skiing with guests of the Elk Mountain Lodge and is always happy to make suggestions for trails for you to explore.

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Located only 1 block from Elk Ave and Crested Butte’s finest restaurants, the lodge has become the premier hotel in the Historic district.