Easy Flights to Crested Butte & the Gunnison Valley

750+ Miles, 150+ Trails

Crested Butte and the surrounding Gunnison Valley are a literal paradise for mountain bikers with over 750 miles of some of the best singletrack in the world. Cool nights and daytime highs that peak in the low 80s make it a great summer season escape.

If you haven’t made a trip to the home of mountain biking yet, this is the year to make the journey.

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mountain views from trail riders trail 401
aspen groves on mountain bike trail

Plan your trip to Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley

Flights

We have nonstop daily flights between Houston (IAH) and our own Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) from June 6 through August 19, 2019. Flying straight into the Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport offers the fastest and easiest way to get here, especially now that you can use a service like bikeflights.com to quickly, easily, and affordably ship your bike.

We also offer daily nonstop flights from Denver to Gunnison with twice daily service starting up June 9 and running through August 19, 2019. Full schedules for both routes can be found by searching flights on united.com.

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Lodging- Where to Stay

We have most types of lodging here in the Gunnison Valley, from small B&Bs to inns to larger hotels or vacation homes. The month of July gets booked up pretty early, so it’s best to make your plans as soon as you can if you’re planning a July visit. June offers fewer crowds and spring flowers like lupine and arrowleaf balsamroot with their vibrant hues of purple and gold. If you’re interested in hitting the early-season desert trails at Hartman Rocks, Gunnison or Almont offer the closest proximity to those trails. Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte offer more of a mountain resort, but we expect some of those trails to take some time to melt out this spring. August kicks off with the Crested Butte Arts Festival, but then starts to slow down a bit and offers good access to our highest alpine trails.

Camping is an option in most parts of the Gunnison Valley, but check this guide on our sister site for rules for camping pertaining to Gothic and the East River Valley. Established Forest Service campgrounds typically have water and outhouses, but most are first-come, first-served. More dispersed camping is available in quite a few of our local drainages, but also fills up early. In the most used areas like Cement Creek and Washington Gulch, the Forest Service has designated legal dispersed spots. You must camp in these marked locations or risk getting a ticket.

Lots of locals like to vacation in our own backyards, so you’ll find both visitors and local competing for the best spots. Get to town early on a Friday (or just come Wednesday or Thursday), if you want to camp.

Trails & Maps

Our trails span the entire Gunnison Valley. We created a free map app called CBGTrails to be your source for trail maps on the go. This open-source map is updated in almost real-time and includes some of the most epic rides in the valley. Included in the app is a game called Trailquest, a challenge to ride all 750+ miles of singletrack in the Gunnison Valley. Sign up inside the app and start recording rides to win prizes, explore trail, and get off the beaten path.
If you want more beta on a particular trail, trail network, or loop, check out our interactive trail guide, our ride reports, or the websites of our local mountain bike clubs: Gunnison Trails and Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.

The Scene

While the riding is top-notch here, it’s the scene that’s going to keep you coming back. Finish a ride literally on to the streets of downtown and head for a patio to spend the rest of the afternoon replacing the calories you lost on your ride. We’ve got craft beer, locally distilled rum that even non-rum-drinkers love, and pizza and burgers for days. We’re not just limited to those mountain biker staples. If your food taste is for fancier fare, we’ve got sushi, French, farm to table, and a whole lot more, including Nepalese and really, really good fried chicken, all with the same chill vibe you’d get anywhere in the Valley.
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