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. Fly into Gunnison Crested Butte Regional Airport to maximize your time on the trails!
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 downtown business district. Crested Butte is an alpine hamlet steeped in mining history and full of quirky shops and unique restaurants. Both towns are located within riding distance to some of the world’s best mountain biking trails.
Skip the drive and fly into Gunnison-Crested Butte instead! Fly nonstop to Gunnison-Crested Butte (GUC) from Denver (DEN) and Houston (IAH) on United and from Dallas (DAL) on JSX (beginning June 30). JSX also offers same-plane through-flight service from Austin (AUS).
Learn more about JSX’s hop-on jet service.
For information on trails around Gunnsion, including Hartman Rocks, visit Gunnison Trails’s conditions page.
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 Bike Association’s trail conditions page.
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.
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 nature’s call outdoors.
The seven principles of Leave No Trace guide us on how to behave in the outdoors. Abiding by these principles helps minimize human impacts on the land. To learn more about Leave No Trace principles specific to mountain biking, visit LNT.org.
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.
Follow your passion for alpine adventures while pursuing your academic studies at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Western is a base camp for all kinds of outdoor recreation. Western’s Mountain Sports program offers students the opportunity to travel and compete in mountain biking, trail running, climbing or many other sports—all while earning a degree in a supportive, hands-on learning environment.
With robust business resources and easy access to all your favorite outdoor sports, the Gunnison Valley is a place where both you and your business will thrive. The ICELab is the epicenter of the supportive and fast-growing small business community in Gunnison Crested Butte. The ICELab provides support to entrepreneurs and startups through incubator and accelerator programs, consulting services, and a coworking space located on the beautiful campus of Western Colorado University.