June through October
Crested Butte is a 40-minute drive from the Gunnison-Crested Butte airport (GUC)
Half-day to full-day
Beginner to advanced
Bask in the wonder of Crested Butte’s 700-plus miles of singletrack
Crested Butte is not only “Colorado’s last great ski town” but also one of America’s first mountain biking towns. Start your ride at Evolution Bike Park, cross-country classics or downhill switchbacks. A visit to Crested Butte MTB isn’t complete without some jaw-dropping alpine terrain. The area’s open fields of wildflowers, towering mountain peaks and MTB community have drawn riders for years and years.
Most Popular Itineraries
Full-Day Crested Butte Bike Tour
Develop your skills with a customized one-hour lesson or head straight out mountain biking into Crested Butte’s stunning landscape. Either way, expert guides develop a private itinerary around your needs and goals. The adventure is yours whether on Mount Crested Butte, classic 403 and 401 trails, or high-alpine descents.
Half-Day Crested Butte Mountain Biking Tour
Starting out or just have a few hours to spare? Your half-day of Crested Butte mountain biking takes you to thrilling trails to explore the best of this mountain haven. Your pro guide will adapt the tour to your skill level to avoid any surprises. Build in private lessons to master your technique and classic uphill, downhill or singletrack for a trip to remember.
Things you need to know
COVID-19 measures in Colorado, U.S.
As of August 14, 2020, if you are traveling to the state of Colorado, anyone in Colorado who is 11 years of age and older is required to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:
When entering or moving within any public indoor space
While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation service
Why should I book with 57hours?
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Why should I go mountain biking?
Mountain biking is fun! Feeling in control over bumpy and unpredictable terrain is an adrenaline rush all in itself. Once you ease into riding, you’ll learn to read obstacles, manage momentum with your body and brakes, and maneuver over the trail with confidence. All your guides expect from you is a basic grasp of riding a bike, an open mind, and a lot of trust. A small price to pay to feel like you’re practically flying, right?
This is what you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Mountain biking instruction
- Bike repair kit
Equipment that you can rent from one of the three local bike shops:
- Mountain bike (rentals come with flat pedals)
What can I expect from mountain biking with a guide?
One of the reasons why mountain biking is so popular is the rush of adrenaline it sends through your veins. Sure, danger is part of the appeal, but you’ll want to avoid any unnecessary risks by hiring a guide. They’ll make sure you enjoy the ride and feel safe while doing it. There is no road map or GPS technology out there that’s as good as having an experienced local guide to lead the way while mastering unfamiliar trails. There’s always more to see, and your guides know just where to go to find it!
What do I need to bring?
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer and rain jacket
- Sunglasses and clear or low-light riding glasses
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks and lunch
- Full-finger biking gloves
What if I never mountain biked before?
As long as you pedal on two wheels, you can book this adventure. A guide will explain the different mountain bike techniques and body positions to get you feeling comfortable on the trail. You will progress at a level that is consistent with your comfort. Once you finally get the hang of trail riding, you will only want more!
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be able to bike between three and six hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities.
Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on beginner level trails.
What is the minimum age requirement?
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to book this adventure. If your party has minors younger than 18 years old, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about group sizes and pricing?
- There will be a minimum of one person and a maximum ratio of five people per guide.
- Pricing is per person, and with more guests, the price drops, so it’s the perfect chance to go riding with friends and family!
What about bad weather?
Tours are scheduled to fit with the seasons and ideal cycling conditions. When the weather does not cooperate, your guide will know the correct course of action to take. Whether that’s shifting to a more favorable location or postponing until conditions approve, your guide will know just what to do. In the event of predictably bad weather, you will be contacted prior to the trip to discuss suitable alternatives.
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
- The Gunnison – Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) is located just 28 miles from the town of Crested Butte.
- If traveling by car from Gunnison, turn right onto HWY-135 for 28 miles to the town of Crested Butte.