Coincidentally- I noticed some of these on my mtb ride in the Alberta foothills yesterday, but didn't stop to take a picture. Your post reminded me to look it up in the Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, and to my untrained eye it appears closest to the spotted coral root (although I don't see any spots in your photo), a saprophyte (parasitic with no chlorophyll) that is a member of the orchid family.
We loved Crested Butte! I'm jealous of your sons if they live there. I felt obligated as a mountain biker to make a pilgrimage to CB at some point (it's one of the mountain biking meccas), and it didn't disappointGreat to see those beautiful CO scenes. We're heading to Crested Butte in a few days to see our sons, and I'm really excited!
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