Bike Crested Butte

Crested Butte is home to some of the country’s most famous cross country and downhill mountain biking and needs to be on everyone’s list of places to visit during summer and beyond. Boasting hundreds of kilometres of trails that are almost all accessible from town, there’s enough here to keep even the most passionate mountain biker busy for weeks.  Some of the more famous trails are the 401 Trail, Doctor Park, Teocalli Ridge, and Strand Hill.


Located southwest Colorado, within the Gunnison National Forest and the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains,  Crested Butte  has been at the forefront of the sport since the 1970’s and is considered a mecca of mountain biking.

Crested Butte has two things going for it that make it so distinctive:  the first is the town itself, being one of the last true remaining “local” towns in Colorado, radiating character from the moment you pull into the town of Crested Butte. Secondly, Crested Butte lies at the juncture of several mountain valleys allowing you to combine trails together with ease. Choose to experience a 16 km ride or combine trails to create a 48 km epic ride

The Evolution Bike Park was established at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort in 2009 and offers a diverse network of lift serviced and cross country trails that provide you with over 48 kms of trails that also connect to the trails in and around Crested Butte.  Crested Butte truly has it all.

Mountain Statistics

Crested Butte Mountain Statistics

Top Elevation 3,707 Metres
Village Elevation 2,856 Metres
Vertical 933 Metres
Lifts 2 lifts
Down Hill (DH) Trails 25
Jump Park(s) No
Slopestyle Course(s) No
MTB Terrain Beginner 22%
MTB Terrain Intermediate 35%
MTB Terrain Advanced 35%
MTB Terrain Expert 2%
Alpine Hiking Trails 4

Crested Butte Top Rides

409s, Point Lookout Loop:
This ride throws a variety of terrain and interesting challenges at the rider. Fun, fast and semi technical with great views.
Distance: 27.2km  | Ascent: 825m  Trail Grade: Blue Square/Black Diamond

Teocalli Ridge Loop:
Teocalli Ridge is a classic ride in the Brush Creek area. Combine adventure with incredible views.
Distance: 18.5km  | Ascent: 666m  Trail Grade: Blue Square/Black Diamond

Doctor Park:
This ever-changing, track rewards riders with 8 kms of fast descent after a steep climb, combining technical and rocky with smooth and flowing throughout the ride.
Distance: 32.3km  | Ascent: 833m  Trail Grade: Blue Square/Black Diamond

Snodgrass, Lupine, lower Lop:
This classic loop is close to town offering some of the best scenery and great trails. For an easier ride, connect with a free shuttle bus which will drop you off up at Mt. Crested Butte and from there it’s an easy ride to the beginning of the Snodgrass trailhead.
Distance: 35.7km  | Ascent: 670m  Trail Grade: Blue Square

401 Trail Loop:
The Trail Loop is the definition of alpine mountain biking. Winding your way around alpine lakes and through aspen groves with  views of Colorado’s Elk range.
Distance: 22.7km  | Ascent: 686m  Trail Grade: Blue Square

Reno Flag Bear Deadman’s:
Offering up the toughest and longest climb you will be rewarded with some tremendous downhill. Enjoy riding through open meadows, crossing creeks and nailing out the technical climbs all in a remote area east of Crested Butte.
Distance: 29.5km  | Ascent: 1,037m  Trail Grade: Blue Square/Black Diamond

Strand Hill:
A local’s favourite with rewarding climbs, flowy downhills and technical features.
Distance: 12km  | Ascent: 266m  Trail Grade: Blue Square

Crystal Peak, Star Pass, Hunters Creek:
This ride combines  huge climbs,  alpine scenery with  long downhills.
Distance: 31.8km  | Ascent: 995m  Trail Grade: Blue Square/Black Diamond

Dyke Trail Loop:
A must do when visiting Crested Butte. Just over 8km’s in length test your skills on smooth flowy single track, loose technical descents, a burning climb Enjoy  small water crossings combine with fantastic views of the Ruby Range and the Anthracite mountains.
Distance: 22.4km  | Ascent: 690m  Trail Grade: Blue Square/Black Diamond

Crested Butte Trail Map

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Getting There

Crested Butte is located in Southwest Colorado, USA, within the Gunnison National Forest.

  • Fly into Gunnison Airport and we can arrange a shuttle to the resort – approximately 45 minutes
  • Fly into Montrose Airport and we can arrange a shuttle to the resort – approximately 2 hours


Crested Butte has a variety of accommodation options to choose from.

Contact our Active Travel Experts for insider tips on where to stay and tailor-made bike experiences.