Colorado Backcountry

Colorado Backcountry is owned by Crested Butte locals Janae and Ben Pritchett. They have an impressive list of accomplishments between the two of them. But beyond that, they are just really nice, thoughtful people who like playing in the mountains at least as much as you do. During the winter, they guide backcountry skiing. During the summer, they focus on being hike and mountain bike guides. Their mountain bike options range from two hour skills clinics up to multi-day mountain bike guiding.

Guided Rides

Colorado Backcountry offers full-day (4-8 hours) and half-day (3-4 hours) guided rides just for you and your group. Rates depend on the amount of people you’re bringing. You can see more information or book a trip directly on Colorado Backcountry’s website.

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Summer 2019 Trips, Lessons, and Clinics


We want you to ride with your friends, not chase them. Four weeks of progressive instruction, meeting one time per week for four weeks. Refine the skills you have and some learn new ones. $165

  • Ladies Tuesdays in April from 5-7:30pm- April 9, 16, 23, and 30. Gunnison.​
  • Ladies Wednesdays in May from 5-7:30pm- May 8, 15, 22, and 29. Crested Butte (Gunnison if needed due to weather).
  • Ladies Tuesdays in June from 5-7:30pm- June 4, 11, 18, and 25. Crested Butte.
  • Co-ed Wednesdays in June from 5-7:30pm- June 5, 12, 19, 26. Crested Butte


Hartman Rocks in Gunnison. May 11 or June 8.

8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Co-ed. This camp is specifically designed for advanced-intermediate and above riders with solid foundational skills who like challenging terrain and are ready for bigger drops, roll-downs, step-ups, etc. $85.

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To snag your spot on any of these Shred-Prep Camps visit


Our most popular camps that offer a magical two day experience of bonding with your bike while diving deeply into the most essential skills of mountain biking. Plan on riding from 9am to 4:30pm each day. $375

  • April 27-28, 2019 Fruita/ Grand Junction
  • May 4-5, 2019 Boulder/Denver
  • May 18-19, 2019 Paonia
  • June 1-2, 2019 Crested Butte
  • July 6-7, 2019 Crested Butte

To sign up for one of these Gunnison Valley Two-Day Skills Intensive Camps visit

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That’s right! Epic guided rides, skills clinics, super fun ladies, and happy hours all wrapped into one non-competitive magical vacation. Group camping packages available (please send an email if interested in securing accommodations).

  • Fruita/Grand Junction – May 10-12, 2019. ($450 – $500)
  • Crested Butte – August 9-11, 2019. ($450-500)

For more information and daily itineraries, please click here for Crested Butte . Lodging options are available.

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August 15-18, 2019. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of summer in the Elk Mountains as we run through the high mountain passes, across alpine ridges, and through stunning fields of wildflowers. Each day will take you to one of Crested Butte’s most stunning backcountry locations. Daily activities include optional daily clinics to help you improve uphill running, downhill running, uphill hiking, pacing, injury prevention, and nutrition.

For more information and to register for the Trail Running Vacation click here

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