Colorado-Crested Butte Wildflower Mountain Bike Tour Overview
The Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains has forever been called, The Real Colorado. Evoking the dramatic sweep of a Swiss or Austrian backdrop, this side of The Centennial State hosts the highest number of 14’ers. All that breathtaking vert has given rise, not only to some extreme skiing destinations, but also some of Colorado’s most treasured, if not eclectic mountain towns.
Like a surf town in the mountains, Crested Butte lives for its refreshing independent streak: from a hip local arts and theatre scene to an absurd number of yearly concerts and festivals. Below aptly named Gothic Mountain (12, 625-ft), the stretch of colorfully painted historic buildings up and down Elk Avenue date back to the 1800s, when Crested Butte stood at the forefront of Colorado coal country.
Above the town that time magically forgot, where the rubber meets the singletrack this stretch of The Rockies just doesn’t get any better for mountain bikers. Set against some of the most physically inspiring, XXL backdrops in The West our Crested Butte trip offers total immersion in Colorado’s celebrated, centuries spanning cycling culture.
Along with breathtaking, roller-coaster climbs, fueled by rejuvenating mountain air, plus big-healthy blasts of oxygen rich red blood come the thoroughly rewarding descents. But be forewarned: That smile may not wane for weeks. From rich ancient Amerindian culture, to frozen-in-time mining towns and dances with big game wildlife, the Colorado Rockies beckon.
Day 1-2: Meet in Gunnison. Enjoy two full days of riding along the Colorado and Rainbow Trails with vistas into Arkansas River Valley below.
Day 3-4: We ride south of Salida on Cottonwood Creek with views into the La Plata Mountains. Ride the Canyon Creek Trail with elevation over 12,000 feet.
Day 5: Final epic ride is on Crested Buttes classic – Reno-Flag-Bear-Deadman Gulch. Shuttle back to Gunnison.