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 Mountain Biking 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 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.
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Things you need to know
Covid measures in Crested Butte
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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Crested Butte, please refer to Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment website.
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 you get in this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Mountain biking instruction
- Bike repair kit
What’s not included:
- Mountain bike (rentals come with flat pedals)
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 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?
- 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 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!
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
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 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 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.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
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.