Mountain Biking

One trip is all you need to become a lifelong fan of our vast trail system. Quoted as “the Country’s Best Mountain Bike Destination” by Outside Magazine in 2016, we consistently rank among the world’s best MTB trails thanks to rugged backdrops, abundance of singletrack trails, and favorable terrain attributes. With more than 750+ miles of community-built trails to choose from, we can safely say that we have something to offer any rider—regardless of experience. After your ride, our laid-back towns make for a relaxing place to refuel and wrap up your day.

Explore different routes, embrace local trail culture, and get ready for one truly unforgettable ride.

150+ Trails and Counting

PUBLIC LANDS STEWARDSHIP

Gunnison Trails and Crested Butte Mountain Biking Association—the oldest mountain biking club in the United States—are the two local trails organizations that build and maintain our trails as well as educate people about land stewardship.

While enjoying our trails, please consider supporting these hardworking volunteers who care for our treasured public lands.

SUPPORT GUNNISON TRAILS

SUPPORT CBMBA

HERITAGE FORGED BY MOUNTAIN BIKING

Steeped in History

Gunnison Valley is known for hundreds of miles of world-renowned mountain, which is an integral part of Crested Butte’s culture and history. The roads in Crested Butte weren’t paved until the early ’80s. Residents grew tired of damaging their cars on the pot-holed roads and took to their bikes as a solution. They modified existing bikes to be sturdy enough to drive on the roads, creating some of the first iterations of mountain bikes. Naturally, they just kept riding them further and further from town until they reached Aspen, and the rest is history.

KEEPING IT SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE

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.

BATHROOM BREAKS

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 the call of nature outdoors.

MOUNTAIN BIKE 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 the principles helps minimize human impacts on the land. To learn more about Leave No Trace principles specific to mountain biking, visit LNT.org.

Wide Open Spaces

Uncover Something New

Explore 2+ million acres of public lands, a collection of state and national parks, and a world-class mountain resort all easily accessibly from town.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

4 UNIQUE SEASONS OFFER A WORLD OF DIFFERENT TERRAIN

Winter

During the winter months (late November – early April, fat biking becomes the way of the land as snow blankets the region. Extra wide, low pressure tires allow for traction on icy and snowy surfaces during this season.

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Spring

During the winter months (late November – early April, fat biking becomes the way of the land as snow blankets the region. Extra wide, low pressure tires allow for traction on icy and snowy surfaces during this season.

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Summer

Warm temps, an abundance of wildflowers, and longer days mix together for the ultimate summer MTB recipe. Take advantage of the extra daylight by planning a multi-activity day for the full experience.

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FALL

The fall season (late August early October) boasts some of year’s most jawdropping scenes. Enjoy your ride while Gold, yellow, and orange hues speckle the mountains and trails.

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FIND YOUR PERFECT MTB TRAIL

BEGINNER, MODERATE, ADVANCED RIDERS ALL ARE WELCOME HERE

Did you know that Gunnison Crested Butte has the largest concentration of singletrack in the country? Whether you like flowy alpine singletrack, technical desert rocks, or pine forest plunges, we’ve got it all. You might have heard of Hartman Rocks, Doctor Park, or the 401. These famous trails offer incredible riding, but there are some phenomenal lesser-known trails in the valley too. use the below resources to plan your next ride.

Hartman Rocks on Trailforks.com

IN THE GUNNISON VALLEY, WE BELIEVE ONE GOOD RIDE DESERVES ANOTHER.

AND ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER.

A few seasons back, we set out to start the very lengthy process of documenting all 150+ mountain bike trails in the Gunnison Valley on video. Here it is, our #OneGoodRide list. Check back in often, because we’re always adding new trails.

FIND A MOUNTAIN BIKING GUIDE NEAR YOU

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