MOUNTAIN BIKING in Crested Butte and Gunnison

High desert, high alpine and everything in between

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!

Hotels & LODGING

Find a cabin, condo or hotel for a base camp during your trip to the Gunnison Valley.

Colorado’s Coolest Mountain 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 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.

FLY NONSTOP TO GUNNISON CRESTED BUTTE

Maximize your trail time by flying to GUC

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

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Gunnison

For information on trails around Gunnsion, including Hartman Rocks, visit Gunnison Trails’s conditions page.

Crested Butte

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.

SUPPORT GUNNISON VALLEY TRAILS

If you enjoy riding the beautiful trails around the Gunnison Valley, please consider supporting the organizations that maintain them.

SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY ON THE TRAILS

Keep the Gunnison Valley wild

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 nature’s call 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 these principles helps minimize human impacts on the land. To learn more about Leave No Trace principles specific to mountain biking, visit LNT.org.

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.  

Other Activities in Gunnison Crested Butte

Explore the Gunnison Valley’s wild places by bike, on foot or with a fishing pole. More than two million acres of public land are accessible here, including the Gunnison National Forest, Black Canyon National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area

Mountain Sports at Western Colorado University

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.

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Work and play in Gunnison Crested Butte

An outdoor industry hub

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.

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