Gunnison-Crested Butte Carbon Offset Program

Offset your carbon footprint by logging a ride, run or hike on the CBGTrails app!

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When you visit Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley this year, and hike or bike our trails system, we’ll pay for carbon offsets to mitigate the carbon generated by your trip. Through a new program unique to the Gunnison Valley, you can now offset the environmental impact of your vacation by recording a ride, hike or run using the free CBGTrails app (powered by TerraQuest). For every mile you record, you’ll offset 22 pounds of carbon. For example, 23 miles of biking, hiking or running turns a 500-mile drive into a carbon-neutral trip. 86 miles of recreation offsets an 1,800-mile flight.

Follow these easy steps to get started!

Get the CBGTrails app by scanning this QR code

Or download the app

Register a CBGTrails account

Record a track

Or sync tracks from a compatible app

Sync your Strava, Garmin, and Fitbit accounts to CBGTrails. You may also import .gpx or .fit files to your CBGTrails account via the CBGTrails website.

View challenges

That’s it! Your activity has now been logged towards the community carbon offset goal.

Community Carbon Offset Goal Progress

Join us in offsetting 4,253 tonnes (9,378,357 pounds) of carbon this year!

How do we offset the carbon?

We are purchasing UPCO2 tokens that are backed by REDD+ certified projects. More info on how UPCO2 tokens work can be found here.

From there, TerraQuest has set up end-to-end traceability of the tokens within the CBGTrails app. More info on the process of tracking can be found here.

As miles are recorded, we will burn UPCO2 tokens and we will update the community on what projects those burned tokens go to support. Users will also be able to look at their personal mileage and what projects their activity has supported.

Projects you’ve supported

CBGTrails users have supported the following environmental sustainability projects with carbon credits earned through riding, running and hiking while using the app. So far, we’ve retired 297 tokens, offsetting 297 tonnes (654,773 pounds) of carbon.

Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project

This project, which is run by ERA Ecosystem Restoration Associates Inc. and Wildlife Works Carbon LLC, facilitates forest protection in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 248,956 hectares of forest will be protected from industrial logging, unsustainable fuel wood extraction, and slash-and-burn agriculture. Watch Wildlife Works’s video about Mai Ndombe, or learn more on the project’s Verra registry page.

A man rides a mountain bike over a rocky trail at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Colorado.

Mountain biking in Gunnison and Crested Butte

From the technical high desert trails of Hartman Rocks in Gunnison to the legendary alpine rides in Crested Butte, the Gunnison Valley boasts more than 750 miles of singletrack trail. To learn more about trails, current conditions and more, visit our 2021 mountain biking page.

Learn more about biking

Hiking and trail running in the Gunnison Valley

Trails in the Gunnison Valley are famous for sweeping alpine vistas, summer wildflowers and colorful fall aspen leaves. Over two million acres of public land are accessible from Gunnison County, so it’s easy to find a hike you’ll love. Visit our hiking page for more information.

Learn more about hiking

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Hotels and lodging in Crested Butte and Gunnison

Whether you’re staying in Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte, Almont or Gunnison, learn more about accommodations that fit your style and budget on our lodging page.

Learn more about lodging

Media resources

Click here for a gallery of downloadable editorial photos.

Click here to view the official press release.

Please contact Gunnison-Crested Butte marketing director Andrew Sandstrom at [email protected] for media inquiries.

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