Gunnison Trails: Hartman Rocks

Hartman Rocks is a must do if visiting the Gunnison Valley. With over 8,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management, Gunnison County, and City of Gunnison operated land Harman’s is not to be missed. It’s the perfect place for mountain biking, dirt biking, climbing, atv-ing, hiking, trail running, camping, and more. 40 miles of singletrack trails and 33 miles of road create an outdoor enthusiasts mecca. Better yet, it’s a 45 minute drive from the town of Crested Butte and in the spring time when it’s cooler up valley Hartman Rocks is the perfect desert escape.

Highlights:8,000 acres, endless views, desert terrain
Hike Difficulty:Easy - Moderate
Bike Difficulty:Beginner - Expert
RT Length:As long as you want
Approx. Hike Time:As long as you want
Elevation Gain:690 feet
Max Elevation:8,390 feet
Trailhead:Base Area
Trailhead Elevation:7,700 feet
Travel Time to TH:35 minutes

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Hartman Rocks Recreation Area Directions

From the Town of Crested Butte: Drive 30 miles south on CO 135 and make a right onto Highway 50 in Gunnison. Travel 1.5 miles and turn left onto W Airport Rd. Continue onto Gold Basin Rd for a mile and Hartman’s will be on your right.


Hartman Rocks offers an array of trails ranging from easy terrain green trails to steep, technical, punchy black trails. Numerous maps are laid out across the 8,000 acres of public land. Your adventure can be as long as you want it to be.

Most route are mountain bike, hike, dirt bike, and trail running friendly. The two track offers a few rocks and creek crossings that will keep you honest. The climb back up from the East River Valley will also prove to be a small but good challenge.


Wildflowers and cactus flourish here in May and June, so bring your camera and soak up the scenery.  Horseback riding is permitted and you may run into a couple of riders on the way.  This is a very dog friendly area just keep track of your pooch. The terrain also makes this a great choice for a run, jog, easy bike ride, and snowshoe, nordic ski, and fat bike in the winter.

For more detailed info on trails and events check out the Gunnison Trails page.