With many roads and passes closed for the winter, snowmobiling represents a fast and fun way to get into the backcountry. There’s an extensive trail system along with local rental companies providing both guided and unguided rentals. Guided tours start at $89 per person and range from a few hours to all day with meals provided.
Snowmobile Permitted Areas
|Brush Creek||This area is only open for a short piece of the road. Just enough to get skiers a little closer on their sleds.
|Cement Creek||Is a gateway to a vast riding area between Crested Butte South and Taylor Park. The first 5 or 6 miles of Cement Creek Trail are trail riding only. After the turn off for Reno Road, it’s all open to sleds. Use extreme caution riding out here.|
|Kebler||The Primary riding area is Kebler Pass. It lies in just the right spot to get clobbered by most passing storms. If you want deep powder with a quality base Kebler is hard to beat.|
|Slate River||Is to the north of Crested Butte and is mostly expert terrain. Be careful, almost everything in here can slide. Stay out of Oh-Be-Joyful Wilderness area.|
|Farris Creek||Is open to sleds, and has a couple meadows that could be fun.|
|Washington Gulch||Lies north of Crested Butte, has moderate terrain, and lots of skiers. Everything west of the road is closed to sleds. Permits are required to ride here in an attempt to keep snowmobilers educated about the boundaries.|
There are no shortage of snowmobile rentals and guides in Crested Butte.
Action Adventure Snowmobiling / Burt Rentals – They offer full and half day tours in the Crested Butte backcountry. Rates range from $89 to $109, kids can tag along for free, and boot and suit rentals are available.
Colorado Adventure Rental – They offer rentals for you to go out and explore Gunnison County on your own. They have a large fleet of different sleds starting at $139 for a 2 hour trip, up to $379 for a full day trip. Be sure to fill out their request form here.
CB Motor Sports – They offer rentals and will also take you out on a tour in the grater Crested Butte area. Included in the price are well maintained snow machines, helmets, boots, goggles, maps, and trailer. They will even delivery to trailhead if need be. For more information and to book your adventure give them a call at 970-209-6720.
Three Rivers Resort is located in the historic mountain town of Almont, Colorado on the Taylor River about 20 miles south of Crested Butte. The resort features cabins dating back to the 1800’s, which are a short walk from the merging of the Taylor and East Rivers to form the Gunnison River. Offering a hotel, solo cabins with personal hot tubs, RV spots and more.