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Mountain Biking from Crested Butte to Gunnison

Mountain Biking from Crested Butte to Gunnison
5 days
Gunnison and Crested Butte are a mountain biking treasure chest with over 750 miles of epic trails to ride. Pop in and out of these two towns and onto the trails for five days of mountain-riding bliss.

Sustainability Activity

Travel Like a Local:

During your visit, consider participating in one of the many trail building days through the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Assocation.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
Activity

Big Al's Bicycle Heaven

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At Big Al's Bike Shop we provide a full service bike shop with bike rentals, sales, service, and gear. Ride the newest bike rental fleet in Crested Butte.

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Lunch

Teocalli Tamale

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Our menu includes many surefire ways to destroy your hunger and get you back out there. With Viking Sized Proportions of mountain made burrito magic and a staff that could be described as a... Read More
Activity

Ride Snodgrass & Lupine Trails

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One of the classic loops close to town with some of the best scenery and great trails to boot. If you feel like you don't have the legs and want to cut out some of the climbing from town, hop on the free shuttle bus which has bike racks.
Dinner

Ryce Asian Bistro

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An Asian Bistro in the heart of Crested Butte, with patio seating and a riverside dining room. Read More
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Stroll Downtown Crested Butte

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Crested Butte draws people because it is friendly, beautiful, fun-spirited, and surprisingly sophisticated for such a small town. Here we’re fortunate to have two distinct worlds — a great ski mountain with contemporary amenities in Mt. Crested Butte, just 3 miles away.
Lodging

Grand Lodge Crested Butte and The WoodStone Grille

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Exceptional full-service hotel located just yards from the slopes.

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Day 2
Breakfast

McGill's At Crested Butte

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Enjoy homemade breakfasts such as french toast with real maple syrup, eggs benedict, and fresh baked biscuits. Read More
Activity

Ride 401 Loop Trail

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The definition of alpine mountain biking. The loop provides endless views of Colorado's breathtaking Elk range, winding its way around alpine lakes, through aspen groves, while immersing riders in shoulder high skunk cabbage.
Lunch

Butte 66 at Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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Best Deck in the Base Area. "Meet'cha on the Butte deck". Serving up casual lunch and dinner classics, along with delicious libations.

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Activity

The Wildflower Spa

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Where the healing arts blossom in the Wildflower Capital of Colorado! Read More
Dinner

Secret Stash

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Come taste for yourself why we have been voted Best Pizza in Crested Butte every year since 2002 when we opened!

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Activity

Majestic Theatre

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Bringing blockbuster films, cult classic and Monday Night Football to the good people of the Gunnison Valley. Read More
Lodging

Lodge at Mountaineer Square

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Located in the heart of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area - just steps from the ski lifts, hiking, biking and near shopping and restaurants - Mountaineer Square provides an excellent... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Grand Lodge Crested Butte and The WoodStone Grille

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Exceptional full-service hotel located just yards from the slopes.

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Activity

Ride Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman's Gulch

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The first segment of Reno road offers up the toughest and longest climb, but you'll be rewarded with some ripping downhill. After that there are only 2 other shorter climbs. Note: There are over 30 switchbacks on the Deadman's downhill.
Lunch

Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub

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Brick Oven Pizzeria and Pub boasts the largest patio in town and offers 30 beers on tap, full-bar, pizza, and salad bar. Read More
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Fish, Hike or SUP Lake Irwin

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Nine miles from Crested Butte, this lake is popular for wildflower hikes, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding.
Dinner

Elk Ave Prime

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We proudly serve only the best USDA steak - prime cuts that will make your mouth water. Read More
Activity

Center for the Arts Crested Butte

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The Center for the Arts is the premier visual and performing arts venue in the area, hosting events throughout the year in our main stage, our outdoor stage, or in two art galleries. We bring... Read More

Lodging

The Plaza

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Groups and families love the Plaza for its convenient location just 100 yards from the ski area's main lift, the Silver Queen. In one short walk, guests can hit the slopes or take in the action at... Read More
Day 4
Breakfast

Paradise Cafe

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Breakfast and lunch served Mon-Sat 7am-2pm. Breakfast Only Sunday's 7am-1pm.

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Activity

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

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This 1883 building was the hardware and general store and still houses the original coal stove and merchandise displays, photo gallery, children's museum and a model railroad.

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Lunch

Three Rivers Smokehouse

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Located at Three Rivers Resort in Almont. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through the 3rd weekend in September, we offer a fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialties include meats... Read More
Activity

Ride Doctor Park Trail out Taylor Canyon

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Taylor Park is famous as the home of Doctor Park Trail. It’s one of the best mountain bike descents in the world– a fast and furious 6 miles from the top all of the way down to the Taylor River below.
Dinner

Garlic Mike's

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Garlic Mike’s, invites you to enjoy the finest Italian cuisine this side of New Jersey on the beautiful Gunnison River in Gunnison Colorado. Red-checked tablecloths, family friendly, outdoor dining... Read More
Lodging

Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting

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The Gateway to Taylor Canyon, our resort sits between Gunnison and Crested Butte and features cabins, vacation homes & lodge rooms. Lodging ranges from basic studio cabins to upscale on the... Read More

Day 5
Breakfast

W Cafe

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The W Cafe is the place the locals hang out for breakfast and lunch. Voted best breakfast by the people, 2001-2010. Read More
Activity

Double Shot Cyclery

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Full service, professional bicycle maintenance and repair for all bikes, as well as a coffee shop. Read More
Lunch

Firebrand Delicatessen

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Serves breakfast, lunch and coffee; deli, restaurant, grocery store. Read More
Activity

Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

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Located just on the outskirts of the city, Hartman Rocks is one of Gunnison's greatest gems. It's a paradise of desert mountain biking, hiking, motorcycling, rock climbing, horseback riding,... Read More

Dinner

Twisted Fork

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Twisted Fork is the best place for fusion dining in Gunnison, Colorado. We serve everything from stir fry noodle bowls to burgers to Vietnamese tacos and fresh daily fish specials. Dietary... Read More

Activity

High Alpine Brewing Company

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Located in downtown Gunnison, Colorado surrounded by epic terrain that locals embrace all year round. Friend owned and operated, Scott and JB started HABC as a way to rule world one delicious... Read More

Lodging

Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting

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The Gateway to Taylor Canyon, our resort sits between Gunnison and Crested Butte and features cabins, vacation homes & lodge rooms. Lodging ranges from basic studio cabins to upscale on the... Read More