Colorado’s wildflower season is starting early this year and there is no better place to see wildflowers than Crested Butte, the wildflower capital of Colorado. Crested Butte never fails to deliver vistas of colorful blooms and is hosting its 32nd Wildflower Festival July 6-15, 2018. The over one week-long event has over 200 offerings including hikes and walks, photography and art workshops, birding and butterfly outings, geology and geobotany, garden tours, cooking classes, and backcountry jeep tours. Even if you don’t attend scheduled events that are well worth the price, you can travel the back roads on your own to enjoy fantastic wildflower displays.
Linda and Bernie Nagy will be in Crested Butte Saturday and Sunday July 7th and 8th for book signings of their award-winning Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide. Saturday morning, they will be at the Festival event hall to meet attendees and sign their best-selling guide. Saturday afternoon, the Nagys will be at Rumors Book Store at 414 Elk Ave for a signing event. Come by, enjoy a cup of coffee, and have your book personally autographed. While in Crested Butte, be sure to take the road to Gothic as well. From Crested Butte follow Gothic Road, Country Road 317 for approximately 7 miles. Here you will find the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Gift Store. RMBL provides support for scientists and students with research laboratories and protected research sites. The store there has informative displays, books, merchandise, and snacks and drinks for sale. On Sunday July 8th Linda and Bernie Nagy will be there at noon sign their wildflower book as well as their unique cutting boards with photographic wildflower scenes of Crested Butte and watercolor wildflower images.
If you need help identifying wildflowers, "Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide" is for you and anyone who want to learn more about wildflowers throughout Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Region. Information includes common, scientific and family names, a brief description, and each wildflower’s habitat, life zone, and general flowering time. Wildflowers were photographed from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Mosquito Range, and from Crested Butte to the southern San Juan Mountain Ranges, and in parts of Wyoming’s Central Rockies. Clear, detailed photographic images depict some of the most common as well as some uncommon wildflowers that you might find along trails and roadsides. The wildflowers in the guide are grouped according to color so you can quickly find and identify an unfamiliar flower. The compact 4”x6” softbound book fits easily into a pocket or back pack. If you can’t attend the Wildflower Festival or miss the book signings, go to www.HighCountryArtworks.com and order the handy pocket-sized guide to receive your own personally signed copy of the Rocky Mountain Wildflowers Field Guide and it will be shipped free!