Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Wildflower Festival’s Program Guide be available on-line?

The 2018 Program Guide will be available online and via USPS mail in early March, 2018.

Would you like to receive a copy?  Join our mailing list HERE. 

When will I be able to purchase events online?

Members of the Wildflower Festival get to register almost two weeks before the general public. When you become a member, we will instruct you how to register early.  Learn more HERE.

Registration will open to the public on April 2nd, 2018.

Events are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are there fees to register for the Wildflower Festival?

There is a 5% registration fee added to all events purchased. Merchandise orders have a 3% transaction fee added. Membership orders have no fees assessed.

Where do we meet for registration and classes?

The meeting location for your classes will appear on your registration confirmation. Most events taking place July 6-15 will meet at the Historic Train Depot – 716 Elk Avenue. This is our new Festival Headquarters!

For any classes that start before or after our operating hours,  please consult your registration confirmation for your class’ meeting location. Sometimes, this will be off-site and we will provide an physical address. Please be at your class meeting location 15 minutes before your class starts.

What is your Cancellation/Refund Policy?

  • For July 6-15 events, cancellations may be made up to Friday, June 22, 2018.
  • For events taking place before or after the Festival week, cancellations may be made up to two weeks prior to the event.

All cancellations made within the above time frames will be eligible for a refund less a $15 fee, per person and per event cancelled.

We cannot issue refunds after the time frames above, except for the following conditions:

  • The stated minimum number of participants for the class is not met 24 hrs or less before the class is scheduled to take place.
  • We are unable to locate a substitute for a workshop leader experiencing serious illness or a family emergency.
  • Rain is typical in Crested Butte, and usually does not preclude events going out. The exception is severe weather that poses a safety risk at the start of an event.

Travel and Trip Cancellation Insurance is an inexpensive way to protect your investment in the event of illness/injury/family emergency. Seven Corners offers a plan called “RoundTrip” for travelers who live 100 miles or more from Crested Butte. They can be reached at 1-800-335-0611 and at:

May I change events after I have already signed up and paid for them?

Yes, and you’ll need to contact us at or 970-349-2571 to do it. Here’s our policy:

If it is within 7 days of an event, you may not change events.
As availability allows and if it is 7 days or more before the start of an event, you may change events:

  • There is a $15 fee per person to change events.
  • If the event being transferred TO is equal/lower in cost than the event being transferred
    FROM, the balance (less $15 fee) will not be refunded, but may be used as a credit for other events.
  • If the event being transferred TO costs more than the event being transferred FROM, the $15 fee will apply and a balance will be due on the difference.

I’m a member. How do I register early?

Members will receive an electronic version of the 2018 Program Guide and an email with instructions for early registration March 15-April 2nd. Members will also receive by US Mail the 2018 Program Guide on or around March 15.

Is transportation included for events?

Unless the event description specifically states that transportation is provided, you’ll meet at your class location and your leader will split the class into 2-4 carpools. You may be asked to drive and take other students in your vehicle, and you will follow the leader to your event. If you do not have a vehicle, you will be able to ride with someone else.

What do I need to bring with me to the Festival?

If you are participating in outdoor events, bring rain gear, warm layers, hat, gloves, hiking shoes/boots (broken-in please!), insect repellent, sunscreen, snacks, and water. If your event extends over the lunch or dinner hour, bring a snack/sack meal. Your hike description may also suggest bringing river-crossing shoes or sandals, and hiking poles.


Supplies for art classes are provided, but you may want to bring a portable camp chair for field events.

What skill level should I consider myself to be regarding photography classes?

This is a very subjective area, but  in general:

Beginner: One who has very little understanding of the workings of their camera. They have not done much more “point and shoot” photography. Enjoys taking snapshots but wants to learn more about composition, lighting, and the capabilities of their camera to enhance their images.

Intermediate: One who has basic understanding of their camera. They have read their manual or other photography-related information and can use more than one lens. They know basics such as aperture, shutter speed, composition and how to use some of the manual settings on their camera. They are looking to expand their knowledge by going deeper into the capabilities of their camera as well as learning art of photography.

Advanced: One who has a great understanding of their camera and the art of photography. They have multiple lenses and can use the manual settings on their camera with ease. They understand lighting, flash-photography, different compositions, depth, backgrounds, movement, contrast, framing etc. They are looking to be guided to the scenic areas at optimal times for the best shots. They are open to additional photographic tips and enjoy talking “shop” with their instructors.

What can I do to help myself acclimatize to Crested Butte’s altitude (9,000 ft+ above sea level)?

Most events take place at an altitude of 9,000-11,500 ft above sea level. Some people may experience being light-headed and/or a feeling of “being out of breath” when they first arrive in Crested Butte. This is common and there are a few things you can do to help yourself feel better faster:

  • Plan on arriving in Crested Butte at least 24 hrs prior to your first outing to allow for acclimatization. DRINK LOTS OF WATER! And avoid alcohol and caffeine for the first day or two you are here.
  • Acli-mate Mountain Sports Drink is a supplement that was developed by Roanne Rouse, a naturopathic doctor in Gunnison. It contains a blend of vitamins and minerals designed to help support healthy adrenal function, optimal hydration, energy production and red blood cell integrity, all pathways that promote well-being and performance at elevation. You’ll want to start using Acli-mate about three weeks prior to coming to Crested Butte.
  • Oxygen Concentrators are available for rent by the night and weekly by Alpine Oxygen.
  • Learn more about Altitude Sickness here.

Can my child attend any events without me?

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to all events.

What events are family-friendly?

Kids are welcome at many events. By reading the event description carefully, you’ll see if the leader has indicated that kids are welcome, and at what age they must be to participate. There are a number of events that are open to kids, including the 4×4 Tour of Paradise Divide, and many of the hikes and walks. The hike to Aspen is open to kids age 16 and up.

Can I bring my dog on any hikes or walks?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate dogs at Festival events. Crested Butte is a very dog-friendly town, and you may walk your dog on any of the trails here on your own – but please! Pick up after your four-legged friend and respect leash laws.

I’d like to become a member. What are the benefits, and how do I join the Wildflower Festival as a member?

The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival offers many membership options, starting at just $25. New for 2018 – ALL Wildflower Festival members are invited to our Membership Appreciation Party during the Festival week and will be able to vote for the 2019 Wildflower Poster.

You can learn more about our membership benefits and become a member by clicking here. As a member, you will receive the 2018 Program Guide in early March and get a two-week jump on the general public for event registration!

I’d like to do the hike to Aspen. Is there anything special I need to do or prepare for this hike?

This is a strenuous 11-mile hike at altitude. You need to have an excellent level of cardiovascular fitness and be acclimatized to the altitude (9,000-11,500 ft) to enjoy and complete this hike. You must submit a Medical Consent Form to us at least three weeks in advance of your hike, and this form is available here.

I can’t come for the main July Festival, but I’d still like to go on a guided hike or walk to see the wildflowers. Any other options for me

We offer a host of pre/post Festival events such as Friday Adventure Hikes, Alpine Wildflowers of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Sunday Wildflower Walks, and Wildflower and Natural History Hikes starting in June and going through August. See our 2018 Program Guide for the complete listing of events.

And if you want to explore on your own, check out the “Bloom Locator”. This helpful guide points you straight to the blooms. This guide is available for download by clicking here, or you may pick up a copy at the Wildflower Festival Office at 716 Elk Avenue, or the Visitor’s Center (970-349-6438) located at the 4-way stop in Crested Butte, at Elk Avenue and 6th Street.

When will the 2019 and 2020 Festivals take place?

Generally, the Festival takes place the second week in July. We will announce these dates as soon as we know them.

Is there such a thing as “Wildflower Etiquette”?

There is! Crested Butte received the honorable designation, “Wildflower Capital of Colorado”, from the State legislature in 1990, and our mission is to help folks enjoy, learn about, and preserve our beautiful wildflowers. Please help us protect this amazing gift.

  • Please don’t pick, cut, or walk on wildflowers or other plants! And if you see someone doing this, please give them a friendly reminder not to, and ask them to pass it along to others.
  • Please stay on the trail. If another trail user needs to pass you, please gently step off the trail and wait for them to pass. Please don’t create multiple, parallel trails.
  • If a trail is wet, snowy, or muddy, please do your best to keep to the main trail. This will prevent the creation of parallel trails.
  • All photography students will receive a copy of the Wildflower Festival’s “Standards for Responsible Outdoor Photography” and are expected to adhere to them. Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in dismissal- without a refund- from any remaining photography classes for which one is already registered.

All festival participants are expected to display responsible outdoor etiquette. Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in dismissal – without a refund – from any remaining classes for which one is already registered.