One of the greatest assets of the Crested Butte and Gunnison area is Western State Colorado University. Founded in 1901 as an institution for teachers, the school now boasts a wide variety of liberal arts majors. Given its location in an area with a wide array of recreational activities, majors include Outdoor Education and Resort Management. For those of us living here, we benefit from not only a vibrant college community, but also from continuing education opportunities that are only available in towns with a strong educational anchor. For more information about all that Western State has to offer, please visit their website: Western State Colorado University.