Gunnison & Crested Butte Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is so huge here in the summer that it deserves more than just a page mention on our website. That’s why we went and launched CBGTrails. High quality online maps, trail descriptions, shuttle beta, and trip planning information are all at your fingertips.

The roots of mountain biking in Crested Butte are almost as deep as skiing’s, and are spread throughout our town’s culture. Fat tire bikes used to be the only way to get around the pot-holed dirt streets of Crested Butte in the 70’s. Naturally people just kept riding them further and further from town until they reached Aspen, and the rest is history. Nowadays we keep these traditions alive with events like the Pearl Pass Tour, and the oldest mountain biking club in the United States, the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.

two riders climbing Trail 403 in the morning light, Crested Butte, CO

Gunnison and Crested Butte are known as a mountain biking treasure chest with over 750 miles of trails to ride. Try asking the locals what their favorite trail is and you’ll get answers as heated and opinionated as a bunch of southerners debating barbeque. In the end it comes down taste; alpine singletrack, desert rocks, or pine forest plunges.

Check out the map below, orange and green trails are open to bikes, and be sure to head over to CBGTrails for more information on mountain biking in the Gunnison Valley.

Road Biking

Whether you seek a relatively flat road ride along Blue Mesa Reservoir, a grueling false flat ride through the beautiful country between Gunnison and Crested Butte, or you want to try your lungs at the mountain-top dash up to Mt. Crested Butte featured in the USA Pro Challenge, Gunnison-Crested Butte offers some fun road rides for riders of all abilities. Just be prepared for our thin alpine air! Start planning your next road biking escape to Gunnison-Crested Butte!

BMX and Skateboarding

Both Crested Butte and Gunnison have skateboard and BMX parks. Crested Butte’s is located at the Big Mine Park near the Nordic Center. Gunnison’s skatepark is located in Jorgenson Park on the south end of town. Both parks allow bikers as well as skateboarders.

Bike Shops and Rentals

It doesn’t matter if you need a fat bike, road bike, mountain bike, or a townie there are plenty of options for renting or buying a bike in both Gunnison and Crested Butte. We also have one of the best adaptive sports programs in the nation located right here in Crested Butte. For more information on the Adaptive Sports Center click here.

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