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Summer in Crested Butte

Summer has arrived in the Colorado mountain town as the wildflowers are blooming and the mountain biking is in high gear.

Columbine and lupine bloom on the side of Mount Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Columbine and lupine bloom on the side of Mount Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cyclists ride down Elk Avenue Saturday, June 29, 2013, during the Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour as part of Crested Butte's annaul Bike Week. Proceeds from the event went to the Colorado mountain town's Adaptive Sports Center.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cyclists ride down Elk Avenue Saturday, June 29, 2013, during the Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour as part of Crested Butte's annaul Bike Week. Proceeds from the event went to the Colorado mountain town's Adaptive Sports Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wildflowers bloom in the morning light on the side of Mount Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wildflowers bloom in the morning light on the side of Mount Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mountain bikers reach the top of 401 trail near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Mountain bikers reach the top of 401 trail near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mountain bikers enjoy the view toward Aspen from the top of the 401 Trail outside Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, before taking the fast descent back to Gothic Road. The epic Crested Butte mountain bike trail recently opened and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Mountain bikers enjoy the view toward Aspen from the top of the 401 Trail outside Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, before taking the fast descent back to Gothic Road. The epic Crested Butte mountain bike trail recently opened and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A mountain biker reaches the top of 401 trail near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, before making the fun descent back to Gothic Road. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A mountain biker reaches the top of 401 trail near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, before making the fun descent back to Gothic Road. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wlldflowers bloom as a storm rolls over the mountains near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wlldflowers bloom as a storm rolls over the mountains near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wlldflowers bloom as a storm rolls over the mountains near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wlldflowers bloom as a storm rolls over the mountains near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wlldflowers bloom with Mount Crested Butte in the background Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wlldflowers bloom with Mount Crested Butte in the background Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wlldflowers bloom as a storm rolls over the mountains near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wlldflowers bloom as a storm rolls over the mountains near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Lindsey Samelson of Colorado Springs walks through a field of wildflowers near Mount Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Lindsey Samelson of Colorado Springs walks through a field of wildflowers near Mount Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A mountain biker rides the ridge of 401 trail at 11,000 feet near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, with Gothic and Mount Crested Butte in the background. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A mountain biker rides the ridge of 401 trail at 11,000 feet near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, with Gothic and Mount Crested Butte in the background. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mountain bikers ride the ridge of 401 trail near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, while descenting back to Gothic Road. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Mountain bikers ride the ridge of 401 trail near Crested Butte, Colo., Saturday, June 29, 2013, while descenting back to Gothic Road. The popular trail opened recently and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wlldflowers bloom in Washington Gulch near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Wlldflowers bloom in Washington Gulch near Crested Butte Saturday, June 29, 2013. This year's Crested Butte Wildflower Festival is July 8 through July 14. Visit https://www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more information. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wildflowers bloom along 401 Trail near Crested Buttte Sunday, July 14, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Wildflowers bloom along 401 Trail near Crested Buttte Sunday, July 14, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Shane McDermed, left, of Boulder and Lindsey Samelson of Colorado Springs take a break while riding the 401 Trail outside of Crested Butte Sunday, July 14, 2013. See next week's Out There section for more wildflowers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Shane McDermed, left, of Boulder and Lindsey Samelson of Colorado Springs ride though the wildflowers on the 401 Trail outside of Crested Butte Sunday, July 14, 2013. See next week's Out There section for more wildflowers or visit www.outtherecolorado.com for more pictures of the wildflowers and mountain biking in Crested Butte. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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