Riding in Crested Butte

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Crested Butte Mountain c. Vicky SamaCrested Butte Mountain in the afternoon. Photo by Vicky Sama.

Fall is a beautiful time to ride mountain bikes in Crested Butte, Colo. Right now, the wildflowers color the trails with purple asters, yellow butter ‘n eggs and orange paintbrush. One of the most popular trails is Snodgrass, which is set to close for the season on Sunday. But if you can’t get to CB before then, don’t worry. There are plenty of mountain bike trails with miles and miles of single track to enjoy close to downtown. Seasoned cyclists can venture out to the epic rides such as the famous 401 trail past the town of Gothic. Novice riders will enjoy the Lupine Trail, which has two sections of fun downhill switchbacks and you can link up your ride nicely to Lower Trail on the west side of the Slate River. Whatever trail you choose, you’ll have stunning mountain views, plenty of single track through Aspen groves and most of all, cerulean skies.

For road cyclists and race fans, the US Pro Challenge ends at Mt. Crested Butte on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Ride your bike up the recreational path to the finish line and watch the racers pounce up the final steep climb of the day’s stage. Crested Butte will celebrate the arrival of the pro tour with a block party on Monday night on Elk Avenue.

c. Vicky SamaEleven-year-oldĀ Madison Larter of Boulder rides through the Aspen groves of Snodgrass Trail on Friday. Photo by Vicky Sama.

Lower Loop c. Vicky SamaRiders on Crested Butte’s Lower Loop. Photo by Vicky Sama.