May 11, 2010 2:39 PM
Designated the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado" by the Colorado State Legislature in 1990, Crested Butte will host the 24th annual Wildflower Festival July 12 through 18.
Visitors, photographers and artists, from across the United States and abroad, journey to Crested Butte to witness nature's explosion of color during the festival and the weeks surrounding. Glacier lilies are among the first to appear in May, literally forcing their way through remaining layers of snow. By mid-July and well into the month of August, the entire area is painted with floral displays.
Crested Butte Wildflower Festival spans the peak of wildflower season and is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and appreciation of wildflowers through education and celebration.
Crested Butte features more than 85 hikes and walks where visitors can enjoy the amazing colors that grace the meadows around the area.
For more information about the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, call (970) 349-2571 or visit www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com. The 2010 schedule of events will be posted online and available by mail in mid-April. The festival will be headquartered at the Crested Butte Nordic Center at 620 2nd St. during the weeklong celebration.