Our whole culture of mountain biking in the Gunnison Valley starts with our community. Local mountain bike legends influence everything from the type of events we have here to the bikes we ride. In the Gunnison Valley, we’re all about the fun.
We have some great local hangouts offering a fantastic place to chill and relax after you get off the trail.
South Valley Après Ride
Gunnison’s Main Street and Tomichi Avenue/Highway 50 offer a wide variety of food and bars located a short distance from Hartman Rocks or an easy drive from the finish of Agate Creek off the Continental Divide.
Head for downtown to grab a bite at one of our restaurants, shop in an art gallery, or see some music or a play at the Gunnison Arts Center. During the height of the summer season, the I Bar Ranch offers live music on Tuesday and Thursday nights with their Burgers and Bluegrass and Classic Country music series.
If you ride Doctor Park or Texas Ridge in Taylor Canyon (and intermediate/advanced riders should), head to one of the resorts in Almont for barbecue or a session on a deck over the river. Stick around for a rest day after riding and go whitewater rafting.
North Valley Après Ride
Crested Butte’s largest concentration of restaurants and nightlife can be found on Elk Avenue, but some great gems can be found off the main drag, too. You’ll find the local characters hanging out on any one of a number of patios, more often than not riding straight there from the trailhead. On Mondays in July, Alpenglow free concerts liven up the evenings.
In Mt. Crested Butte, head to the base area of the Evolution Bike Park. That’s where you’ll find the restaurants and shopping. Wednesday evenings (July through mid-August) feature a free concert at the base area. On Friday afternoons, you can even ride the lifts for free if your idea of après bike is more biking with minimal effort.
CB South, at the base of Cement Creek Road, contributes great margaritas, burgers, and pizza to the party. In Gothic you’ll find ice cream, and a lesson on the local ecosystem, at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Visitor’s Center. They also have a dining hall with pretty good food available if you time your ride on 401 correctly.