Crested Butte Fat Biking

In Winter & Spring by Kryptonite Creative

Fat biking is a fun winter activity that has recently been pioneered in the Crested Butte area. A great alternative to skiing, fat bikes were introduced in 2009, and have seen a lot of growth in the past few years. These bikes are run with very low tire pressure, and as a result ride very well on snow.

There are a few rental options in the valley and plenty of places to roam about. The Nordic Inn has a sweet deal that includes lodging, breakfast, and fat bike rentals.

2019 Fat Bike Worlds

Don’t miss the biggest fat bike event of the year! The 2019 Fat Bike World Championships are here in Crested Butte, January 23rd – 27th. Jump into one of the races or spectate and enjoy from the sidelines.

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Fat Bike Access

As these fun bikes become more popular, the access where they are allowed will grow. Currently they are off limits on most nordic trails other than Town Ranch, Riverbend Trails, Recreation Path, and North Village Trails. All of the valley drainages are open to fat bikes as it is public land. For updated conditions check out the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.

AreaDifficultySnow Machine Traffic
Brush CreekModerateLight
Cement CreekEasyModerate
Kebler/Irwin AreaModerate/Hard Heavy
Recreation PathHardNone
North VillageModerateNone
Slate River ModerateModerate
Town Ranch/Riverbend
Washington GulchModerateModerate


Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven has a large fleet of Rocky Mountain and 9Zero7 fat bikes for rent. They can point you in the right direction when it comes to what trails are riding good the day you are planning to ride. Big Al’s also has bikes to sell and all of the necessary fat bike accessories. They are conveniently located at 207 Elk Ave. Rental rates are:

  • $45 for 24 hours
  • $30 for half day
  • $20 for 2 hours

Need a Place to Stay?

Nordic Inn

  • Hot tub • WiFi • Pet friendly
  • Continental Breakfast • Free Mountain Parking

14 Treasury Rd, Mt. CB
(970) 349-5542Map

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Stick with the fat bike theme and stay at Nordic Inn for lodging, continental breakfast that’ll keep you fueled up.