Fat-tire biking is a fun way to explore the snowy trails around the Gunnison Valley during winter. If you like to mountain bike in the summer, you’ll probably also enjoy fat biking. Take in the natural beauty of the Colorado mountains while getting a great workout. Fat biking can be a unique and memorable addition to your 2021 winter trip to Crested Butte and Gunnison.
How fat bikes work
The extra-wide tires on fat bikes are inflated to a low psi, allowing the bike to float on top of the snow instead of sinking in. No need to take a lesson—if you can ride a regular bike, you can ride a fat bike.
Where to ride a fat bike
There are many miles of fat-bike-friendly trails and roads in Gunnison and Crested Butte. Hartman Rocks Recreation Area near Gunnison has an extensive network of groomed singletrack trails maintained by Gunnison Nordic. Fat biking is also permitted on the many drainage roads in the valley: Cement Creek Road, Brush Creek Road, Slate River Road, Washington Gulch Road and Gothic Road. Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association grooms certain trails around Crested Butte for fat bikes, and some of Crested Butte Nordic’s groomed trails allow them, too. Please plan ahead and obey posted signage. The free CBGTrails app is your one-stop shop for a map of all the winter trails in the Gunnison Valley. Download it now to plan your ride and learn more about where fat biking is permitted in Crested Butte and Gunnison.Download CBGTrails
Where to rent a fat bike
Several shops in Gunnison and Crested Butte offer daily fat bike rentals. Some even have vehicle bike racks for rent. If you own your own fat bike, these shops can provide maintenance or just advice.Browse Bike Shops
Other winter activities
Fat biking is just the beginning of the many exciting winter sports to try during your visit to Crested Butte and Gunnison. We’ve highlighted downhill skiing and nordic skiing below, but there is also snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fly fishing and more.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) offers more than 1,500 acres of diverse terrain for skiing and snowboarding. The mountain is suitable for skiers and riders of any ability, but renowned for its extreme terrain. Ski Crested Butte with your Epic Pass, or purchase a day pass online. Either way, in winter 2020-21 it’s recommended to make a reservation at least a week in advance. For more information on what changes to expect this winter, visit CBMR’s website.
Nordic skiing, also known as cross-country skiing, is another way to glide on snow and enjoy the Colorado mountain scenery. Nordic skiing is easy to learn and fun for the whole family. Crested Butte Nordic grooms more than 50 kilometers of trail every winter for both classic skiing and skate skiing. In addition, they offer lessons and events. Hartman Rocks in Gunnison also features groomed ski trails maintained by Gunnison Nordic. Learn more on our nordic skiing page.
Towns of the Gunnison Valley
The Gunnison Valley is home to four distinct towns, each with its own culture and ambience. Learn more about what each area has to offer.
Fly to Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport (GUC)
Crested Butte is literally at the end of the road. Skip the crowds and the traffic, and enjoy the untamed charm of Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town. To spend less time traveling and more time skiing, fly United from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC). American Airlines offers direct flights from Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston to GUC.
Gunnison Valley Lodging
Gunnison Valley lodging ranges from large hotels to hostels, and cabins to multi-family vacation rentals. Regardless of where you choose to lay your head, you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the wild Rocky Mountains right out your window. Browse our local lodging partners to find the perfect place to stay.Find a Place to Stay