All levels of rider are welcome
1 – 8 guests / private groups available
$170 – $1,495 per person
June through October — after the snow melts!
1 – 5 days
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We love backcountry skiing and MTBing in Crested Butte
Discover alpine singletrack in the town where it all started
“Colorado’s last great ski town” is also one of America’s first mountain biking towns. Crested Butte and Monterrey, CA, are where it all started. Ride the classics and dig into CB’s alpine terrain. The area’s open fields of wild flowers, its well cared for singletrack and MTB community have drawn riders for years and years. Some of them have never left!
Mountain bikes outnumber cars and it's easy to see why
If there’s any one place that stands out amongst equals as America’s mountain biking mecca, Crested Butte often is mentioned first in a rather short list. Here’s why: the 401 Trail, Teocalli Ridge, Strand Hill, Doctor Park, Lupine and many, many more trails are so easily accessible and so much fun to ride that they never, ever get old.
Most popular packages and classes in Crested Butte
Mountain Bike Crested Butte
There’s no better way to discover Crested Butte’s hidden gems and old classics than with the only locally run mountain bike and mountain guide service in town. Dial in an objective and ride with area pros. Depending on your needs and skill levels, you can pick a half or full day of riding to bomb flowy singletrack through fields of wildflowers and groves of aspens.
Crested Butte Epic Rides
Name a trail, any trail, and take off for a full day of riding in Crested Butte’s backyard with Irwin Guides. Small group to guide ratios and expert, local guides make riding any of the area’s classics possible.
Crested Butte Singletrack Bike Trip
This one’s for the singletrack lover who’s ridden it all – all but Crested Butte! Spend five days riding at 9,000’ and more! Of course the classics will be covered, but your expert guides always have a few secrets in mind, and it’s the perfect trip to discover the home of modern mountain biking. This one’s for fit, advanced riders.
Chasing Epic’s Tour of Crested Butte
Spend four days earning your proverbial turns with some big objectives in even bigger terrain – all under the auspices of Chasing Epic’s renowned touring itinerary. Even though this trip is for intermediate riders, make sure your physical fitness is in top form! Some of the rides on this trip max out at 25 miles with over 4,000’ in vertical gains. Wow.
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Who should go to Crested Butte?
If you bring kids, make sure to take the altitude into consideration. Crested Butte has a fantastic network of trails, all with easy access, so there’s something for every level of rider. From alpine to lupine, there’s something for everyone!
Need to know
When is the best time to go?
When the snow melts! Usually you’ll have to wait until summer arrives to get the most out of Crested Butte – think June or July.
What about bad weather?
Inclement weather can very rarely get in the way of your mountain bike tour, so ask your guide or touring service for more information.
What's a typical tour itinerary?
• Meet up with your group at the designated location
• Check your bike! Make sure everything’s calibrated
• Anywhere from 10 to 40 miles of world class mountain biking!
• On multi-day tours you can count meals, camping and a support truck being covered by your guiding service
• Depending on the group size there may be one or more guides
What about group sizes?
Group sizes are for 1 to 8 guests. The pricing reflects a 1:1 guest/guide ratio and becomes discounted per person as the group size grows, except for the multi-day tours.
Crested Butte is about a 4.5 hour drive from Denver, a 3 hour drive from Grand Junction, or a 30 minute drive from Nearby Gunnison. Flying into Denver (DEN) is an option, and much closer is Gunnison (GUC) or Montrose (MTJ). If you’re flying into the latter two, consider Alpine Express if you need a shuttle to get to Crested Butte.