Mountain Biking in Crested Butte

Crested Butte | Colorado
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Top reasons to go mountain biking in Crested Butte

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    Ride primo trails in the cradle of modern mountain biking

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    Over 800 miles of world-class singletrack for all skill levels

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    Explore Crested Butte’s lively MTB scene and awesome biker hangouts

You may know it as “Colorado’s last great ski town”, but when Crested Butte sheds its snowy blanket, it unveils some of the best alpine singletrack in the country. Warm up at Evolution Bike Park’s cross-country classics or downhill switchbacks, then take your bike to Crested Butte’s wildflower fields and towering 9,000’+ peaks for some exciting and panoramic rides. Try the 401 Loop for fantastic high-mountain views, or Doctor park for the flowiest descents of your life. Need a little more convincing? Learn why Crested Butte is one of the best Mountain Biking destinations in Colorado from Katherine Peach, hiker, backcountry skier, mountain biker, packrafter, and Aspen local.

Season

June through October

Nearest city

Denver, CO, is 4,5 hours away from Crested Butte

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your day

A Half Day of Mountain Biking With a Private Guide

Half-day

Enjoy a half-day sampler of the 800 miles of epic singletrack around Crested Butte! A private guide will assess your skill level and help you find the trails that perfectly match your goals. If you’re short on time, try Crested Butte’s legendary town trails. From beginner-friendly rides to fast and flowy technical downhills, all levels of riders are accommodated.

A Full Day of Mountain Biking With a Private Guide

Full-day

Spend a full day shredding some of the best singletrack in Colorado. Ride flowy downhills, try out some tough enduro trails, or improve your mountain biking skills under the watchful eye of an expert. Gunnison Valley has miles upon miles of fantastic trails—let your local private guide help you plan your perfect ride.

Reviews

Reviews (3)

James K. about Colorado Backcountry on Google Reviews

Simply the best guide I have ever met. Been guided us for three days of mountain biking. His trail choice was perfect. He couldn’t have been more accommodating. And his knowledge of the mountains was incredible. When I’m next in town I’ll be calling Ben.

James L. M. about Colorado Backcountry on Google Reviews

I’m a lifelong road cyclist but I’ve been trying to get into mountain biking. I was in CB for a vacation and wanted to do some of the famous rides but didn’t feel confident giving it a whirl with my present skill level. So I found Colorado Backcountry while surfing around and figured I’d hire a guide or maybe take one of their skills clinics. I chose the latter, figuring it’d be more useful in the long term and I’m so glad I did. Andy Shabo was my coach and he was super personable and has a long history as a professional rider. We worked on what you typically think of when someone discussed “mountain bike skills” (cornering, braking, body position, and more) but the focus on using your eyes was a skill I didn’t know I didn’t have, and that will probably make the biggest difference. I know most folks who come to CB with a bike on the rack already have skills (or think they have them) but, if you’re getting into the sport, I think investing in at least one lesson is a wise investment in your fun, health, and safety. Thanks, y’all!

Richardo N. about Colorado Backcountry on Google Reviews

Ben was an excellent guide who knows the best trails to ride. He was super to hang out with for a day of riding.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Crested Butte, Colorado

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Crested Butte, Colorado, please refer to Colorado’s COVID-19 updates and the CDC’s guidelines for international travel to the United States.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
    • A half or full day of mountain biking and instruction

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodations
    • Food and snacks
    • Bike, helmet and hydration pack
    • Guide gratuities — optional

Mountain bike and helmet rentals are available at The Alpineer in Crested Butte.

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to be able to bike between 2 and 6+ 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 wishes and 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 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!

What do I need to bring?

Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material 
    • Sneakers or sport shoes
    • Breathable outside layer or jacket
    • Sunglasses
    • Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
    • Daypack with snacks
    • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The max guest-to-guide ratio for these private tours is usually 6:1.
    • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family! / The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

Mountain biking in Crested Butte can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. If you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis. 

If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Crested Butte, CO, most people fly into Denver International Airport 4.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car and drive to Crested Butte. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Gunnison and a taxi to Crested Butte, or hop on a local flight to Montrose and take a shuttle there.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Crested Butte or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain depending on the conditions and the ability of the group.

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