Crested Butte Snowshoeing

In Winter & Spring by Kryptonite Creative

For those who love hiking, snowshoeing is your winter counterpart. From groomed trails to pristine backcountry wilderness, snowshoeing gives you all-access exploration of surrounding areas in Crested Butte. Before you set out on your adventure, make sure you’re outfitted with the proper gear and layers to keep you bundled up, but not overheated.

If you choose to use the Crested Butte Nordic Center groomed track, be sure to purchase a day pass at the Nordic Center, located at 620 2nd St. in the town of Crested Butte.

Miles of Exploration

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Ungroomed Trails

TrailAreaDifficulty
SnodgrassWashington GulchModerate
Upper Upper LoopBrush CreekModerate
Brush Creek Brush CreekEasy

Groomed Trails

AreaLocationNordic Pass RequiredGroomed
East SideBy the SchoolYesYes
The BenchBehind the Nordic CenterYesYes
Magic MeadowsPeanut Lake/Slate RiverYesYes
Riverbend2 miles east of townNoYes
GothicEnd of Gothic RoadNoSnowmobile Track
SnodgrassEnd of Gothic RoadNoNo
Brush Creek3 miles east of townNoSnowmobile Track
Washington Gulch4 miles north of townNoSnowmobile Track

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Crested Butte Nordic Center

620 2nd St, Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-1707WebsiteMap

If you fly into the Gunnison Airport, it may be difficult to transport your snowshoes. The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers $20 rentals for snowshoes, boots, and poles. Additionally, rentals are 20% off for seniors (65+) and free for kids 17 and under. You can snowshoe all of their trails (over 50km!) and the Nordic Center also offers guided backcountry tours, starting at $90 for a half day and $60 for each additional person. Tours meet at The Nordic Center and are available 7 days a week. Bring a backpack with essentials such as water, layers, and sunscreen.

Irwin Guides

218 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970)-349-5430WebsiteMap

Irwin Guides also offer a unique backcountry guiding experience. Your half day snowshoe experience is guaranteed to be a time to remember for you, friends, and family. Explore open meadows, aspen groves, and dark timber, while enjoying pristine views and wildlife during this all inclusive tour. $175 for one person and $125 each for a party over two.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

12 Snowmass Rd, Mt Crested Butte, CO 81225
(970) 349-2222WebsiteMap

CBMR offers daily tours leaving the base area at 12:30pm and are $85 per person. Tours last about two and a half hours, and you can expect to hike about two miles.