Public Health Order Dictates Use of Gunnison County Trails During COVID-19 Pandemic
The opening of Hartman Rocks Recreation Area in Gunnison–and its 45 miles of singletrack–represents one of the most eagerly awaited signs of spring in the Gunnison Valley. The previous winter’s climate dictates opening day.
“Trails at Hartman Rocks north of Powerline Rd. now OPEN for 2020!” Gunnison Trails announced Friday, March 27. “How’s that for some good news during these trying times?!”
That’s right: An entirely different kind of climate created by the coronavirus pandemic dictates how those trails at Hartman Rocks and throughout Gunnison County are to be used for the foreseeable future. Among the COVID-19 trail rules approved by Gunnison County Director of Public Health Joni Reynolds include:
- Gunnison County public lands are for county residents only. This stems from our Public Health Order that states that all visitors to Gunnison County should return home immediately and that non-residents considering a trip to Gunnison County should remain home.
- Individuals from the same household may recreate together. The Public Health Order prohibits any other groups or gatherings.
- Stay 10 feet from all other trail users.
Find a full list of COVID-19 guidelines below. And while you’re at it, be safe. Be courteous. Breathe deep. Have fun!
Why is Outerbike the Best Bike Demo in the Universe?
Our partners over at Outerbike use the tagline “the best bike demo event in the universe.” We think they are spot on and here’s why: Outerbike is the only mountain bike demo event that is explicitly designed to allow you to test as many bikes as possible on some of the best trails in the country. Mt. Crested Butte’s Outerbike, gearing up for its third year August 16-18, 2019, is a great example.
Outerbike in Mt. Crested Butte is a phenomenal venue for testing bikes. You can stay in lodging so close to the venue that it would literally take you longer to get on your bike, ride over, and dismount than to stroll over when it’s time. There are breakfast options to enjoy in the morning before gearing up for a day on the trails and bars to hit up for apres plus a free shuttle down to the town of Crested Butte if you want a night out on Elk Avenue. Flying in and wondering if you need a rental car? You don’t. Just set up an airport shuttle and get dropped off at your lodging and then enjoy ease of access to everything on foot or via free public transportation.
Having never ridden Signal Peak before, I figured I would give it a go with a friend who hadn’t ridden it since his time at Western State University. We decided to begin from where he started the last time he rode the area (about 15 years ago) and parked at the campus.
5 Best Rides With Kids in the Gunnison Valley
Balance, confidence, fresh air, and joy are just a few reasons why it’s great to see more and more kids on bikes. While many Gunnison Valley kids are raised taught to walk and ride Striders at the same time, it may not be so easy for kids living outside the area to get a handle on mountain biking in the valley. So parents, this one’s for you. If you’re coming with your family to enjoy the fantastic riding in the Valley then check out our five favorite trails for riding with kids regardless of age. (more…)
Hartman Rocks Early Season Ride Report
In 2018, I rode my mountain bike 14 times during the month of April totaling about 160 miles, a great deal of them at Hartman Rocks. This year was an entirely different story. We had a decent snow year at the ski area followed by an extremely snowy spring here in the Gunnison Valley. That has been good for the rivers and reservoirs and bodes well for lots of wildflowers and few wildfires here this summer. But, when Hartman Rocks opened up for the season on April 25, locals were ready to hit the trails in droves.
2019 TrailQuest Season Just Kicked Off!
Hartman Rocks is Open!
After a long wait and lots of patience, Hartman Rocks is officially ready to ride. That means the 2019 TrailQuest season has started too! New to TrailQuest? Check out what the Queen has to say about this incredible challenge.
Best Gunnison Valley Trails if You’re Visiting From Sea Level
The high elevation of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley is a blessing, and a curse. We have relatively cool summers, beautiful mountain vistas, and Colorado’s best wildflowers. We also have a lot of vertical relief, making for epic mountain bike descents. But, that elevation also makes it challenging to visit from sea level and ride at your best. There’s no getting around the fact that our air is less dense and that adds an extra degree of challenge to our rides.
If you are coming up from low elevation and want to make the most of your trip, we recommend spending at least your first day riding in one of these trail networks to ease into our high altitude and still make the most of your vacation.
Announcing a New Venue for Borealis Fat Bike Worlds
Chasing the win at Borealis Fat Bike World Championships presented by Upslope Brewing just got even sweeter! After waiting for the right amount of snow to fall, and some major grooming efforts, we’re excited to announce that Saturday’s Championship Race will take place on the new trail system at The Club at Crested Butte. There’s plenty to be excited about with this new upgrade, but here are our three reasons why this course is even better than before.