Spring 2023 trail openings in Crested Butte and Gunnison
With record high snowfall for winter 2022-2023, many Colorado trails will open later than usual in spring and summer 2023. This page will be updated weekly with new trail openings and updates for the Crested Butte and Gunnison zones. You’ll also find other local resources for trail conditions so you can stay up to date on the status of all your favorite Gunnison Valley trails. Whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker or dirt biker, bookmark this page to refer to throughout the spring. We’ve also included information on other spring activities, so check this page before heading out on any outdoor adventures in Crested Butte and Gunnison.
Page updated May 26, 2023
Trail openings in Crested Butte
What trails are open in Crested Butte?
There is still a lot of snow in the mountains around Crested Butte from an epic winter ski season! Conditions are much better than average for spring backcountry skiing in the alpine. There are several trails that are dry enough for hiking and mountain biking. In town, the Rec Path is clear, as are Bridges, Divine, Tony’s and Happy Hour. Lupine 1 is open, but just as an out-and-back for now. In the Brush Creek area, Strand Hill Trail, Whetstone Vista and Canal are dry. In the Cement Creek area, Lower Cement, Warm Springs, Walrod Cutoff and Caves are good to go. Please stay off Middle Cement Creek for now to avoid causing damage to the trail.
Where can I get information on Crested Butte trail conditions?
Follow CBMBA on Instagram and check out their frequently updated trail conditions page for the latest MTB trail conditions in Crested Butte.
When will the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park open?
The Crested Butte Bike Park is currently scheduled to open on June 10. Due to snow on the bike park trails, it could open later than scheduled. Crested Butte Mountain Resort will announce any changes by May 29. We will provide updates here.
What can I do while I wait for trails to open in Crested Butte?
Consider mountain biking in Gunnison instead! Most trails there are open. Keep reading to learn more!
Trail openings in Gunnison
What trails are open in Gunnison?
Along with Fruita and Grand Junction, Gunnison is a reliable spot for early season mountain biking in Colorado. If you want to go mountain biking in the Gunnison Valley right now, Gunnison is your best bet. All the Gunnison MTB trails are currently open. The snow has melted, and the trails are riding great. Follow Gunnison Trails for the latest news on trails and trail-related events in the south valley.
Is Hartman Rocks open?
All trails at Hartman Rocks are open for the 2023 season! Check out some of Hartmans’ best intermediate and beginner trails before you ride.
Is Signal Peak open?
All the Campus Trails and Signal Peak trails are open for the 2023 season!
Are the trails in Curecanti National Recreation Area open?
The Dillon Pinnacles trail is dry and ready to hike.
Spring trail rules
What to do if there is mud or snow on the trail
Only use trails that you know are dry and passable. If you encounter some snow or mud on the trail, hike or ride through it rather than going around it. This preserves the vegetation around the trail.
Spring weather in Crested Butte and Gunnison
What is the weather like in spring in Crested Butte?
Spring brings highly variable weather to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. It can be clear and sunny one day and snowing the next. Check the forecast, and bring a wide range of clothing. Generally, Gunnison is warmer and drier than Crested Butte in spring. Check webcams to view current weather conditions in Crested Butte, Almont, Gunnison and Monarch Pass.
Other spring activities in the Gunnison Valley
Quickly melting snow has led to high water in rivers and creeks in Crested Butte, Almont and Gunnison. This spring and summer will be an exciting and fun year for whitewater rafting and boating of all kinds. Wildflowers will be plentiful this year! Brush up on some common varieties while you’re waiting for the snow to melt. Also, remember that most of your favorite restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the valley’s cozy towns are open for business! Looking for more spring activities? Here are some more ideas.
Planning your trip
Planning a spring trip to Crested Butte and Gunnison? Find information on flights, lodging and all things travel-related on our trip planning page.