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Mountain biking in Colorado’s Gunnison Valley




More than 750 miles of community-built trail are waiting for you in Gunnison-Crested Butte. Fly direct from Houston to Gunnison-Crested Butte to maximize your trail time!

Gunnison Valley mountain biking

Gunnison County has more than 750 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails. From the high alpine classics in Crested Butte to the technical high desert rides in Gunnison, the possibilities are endless. Our laid-back mountain towns are a relaxing place to hang out after your ride. Experience Colorado here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Quintessential Colorado towns

Come for the trails; stay for the laid-back, mountain-town vibes in Gunnison and Crested Butte. Gunnison is a vibrant college town with a growing business district and a rich history of ranching. Crested Butte is an alpine hamlet steeped in mining history and full of quirky shops and cozy restaurants.

Lodging

Visit our Lodging page to find the perfect place to stay during your trip to Gunnison-Crested Butte.

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Fly nonstop from Houston to Gunnison-Crested Butte

Fly United Airlines from Houston (IAH) or Denver (DEN) to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC). Click the button below for more info about flights. For more travel information, visit our Getting Here page.

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Crested Butte trail conditions

By late spring, most or all Crested Butte trails will be open and snow-free. For up-to-date Crested Butte trail conditions, visit Crested Butte Mountain Biking Association’s trail conditions page.

Gunnison trail conditions

For information on trails around Gunnsion, visit Gunnison Trail’s conditions page.

A man rides a mountain bike through wildflowers with Crested Butte in the background.

Mountain biking in Crested Butte, Colorado.

A female mountain biker rides through rocky, high-desert terrain at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado.

Mountain biking at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado.

Support Gunnison Valley trails

Gunnison Trails and Crested Butte Mountain Biking Association (CBMBA) are the two local trails organizations that build and maintain our trails as well as educate people about land stewardship. Please consider supporting these hardworking folks who care for our treasured public lands.

Offset your carbon footprint

Image of mountain biker in Crested Butte with text overlay describing CBGTrails carbon offset program.

When people visit Gunnison-Crested Butte this year, their travel will add carbon to our atmosphere. Through a new program unique to the Gunnison Valley, visitors can now offset the environmental impact of their trip by recording a ride, hike or run using the CBGTrails app. It is free and easy to use, and for every mile recorded, users offset 22 pounds of carbon. A 23-mile bike ride in the Gunnison Valley will turn a round-trip drive from Denver into a carbon-neutral trip.

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Safety and responsibility on the trails

Muddy or wet trail conditions

If possible, plan your route to avoid riding on wet or muddy trails. If you do encounter snow or mud on the trail, ride through it rather than around it.

Bathrooms

Pit toilets are available at Hartman Rocks and a few trailheads around Crested Butte, but most trails do not have bathroom facilities. “Go before you go,” and learn how to properly dispose of waste if you have to answer the call of nature outdoors.

Basic mountain biking etiquette

  • Only ride on open trails.
  • Riders traveling downhill should yield to riders traveling uphill.
  • Bikers yield to all other trail users, including horses and hikers.
  • Ride under control at all times.

Leave No Trace

The seven principles of Leave No Trace guide us on how to behave in the outdoors. Abiding by the principles helps minimize human impacts on the land. To learn more about Leave No Trace principles specific to mountain biking, visit LNT.org.

2021 Crested Butte camping changes

Several popular camping areas near Crested Butte have changed from dispersed to designated this summer. For more information, see our blog post about Crested Butte camping changes.

Gunnison Valley trail maps

Download the free CBGTrails app for a complete map of every trail in Gunnison, Crested Butte and everywhere in between.

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A bike leans against a planter outside IOOF Park in downtown Gunnison, Colorado in summer.

Downtown Gunnison, Colorado.

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