Crested Butte Winter Trails: Town Ranch/ Riverbend

In Fat Biking Guide, Nordic Guide, Snow Shoe Guide by Eric Phillips

Looking for a great place to practice your fat bike skills, break out the nordic skis, or even take your dog for a walk, then look no further. Town Ranch offer a flat mellow loop for endless fun, and did we mention its free for people and dogs.


 Town Ranch LoopRiverbend Loop
Highlights:groomed road, flat, close to towngroomed road, flat, close to town
Activities:fat bike, nordic ski, snowshoe, hikefat bike, nordic ski, snowshoe, hike
Difficulty:BeginnerBeginner
Length:2.0 miles 1.5 miles
Approx. Time:30 minutes20 minutes
Elevation Gain:0 ft0 ft
Trailhead Elevation:8,889 feet8,889 feet
Travel Time to TH:1 minute from town5 minutes from town
Snow Machine Traffic:nonenone
Dog Friendly: pass required pass required
Groomed:yes yes

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Directions

From Elk Ave, head south on on highway 135 for a block before turning left on Red Lady Ave (At the CB School). Drive past the school and take a right onto 9th street, follow the road as it loops behind the school and park in the lot on the left hand side next to the baseball field.


Route

From the parking lot head out on the connector trail and you will quickly find the Town Ranch Loop. If you don’t have a nordic pass make sure to stay on the free tails, usually marked.  This flat loop is groomed courtesy of the CB Nordic Center. Enjoy the 2 mile loop as many times as you like. If you get tired of this loop head south on the trail directly across from the parking lot, cross Riverbend Dr and you will find the smaller 1.5 mile Riverbend loop! This trail is open to cross country skiing, walking, snowshoeing, and fat biking so beware of other users.


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This is a dog friendly trail but dog passes are required, you can obtain these at the CB Nordic Center in town. Please pick up after your furry friends and help keep our trails clean.

Trail Map