In Crested Butte, A ‘Rental Crisis’ Forces Workers Into The Woods

Oct 22, 2015

A trailer perched on a ridge line at Musicians' Camp in the Slate River Drainage, a short distance from the town of Crested Butte.
Credit Gloria Dickie / High Country News

Each year, thousands of tourists flock to Crested Butte, a mountain resort town on the Western Slope. This July, saw more people recreating in and around town than ever before. But, Crested Butte is small. So small there aren’t enough houses for the town’s low­-wage workers to rent. And, short-­term vacation rentals are gobbling up whatever housing is available, forcing workers out. 

Read Gloria's article for High Country News.