Enhance your stay at Elevation through adventure experiences with Irwin Guides. Go hiking, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing, rock climbing, rafting and more with guides that will take you straight to the goods. Adventure opportunities abound in Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned veteran. 


Mountain Biking

Crested Butte is one of the birthplaces of mountain biking and is home to some of the best singletrack trails Colorado has to offer. There are more than 450 miles of high alpine mountain bike trails, which means Crested Butte has something for everyone – whether you’re brand new to mountain biking or an experienced rider looking to challenge yourself and hone your skills with one of our trained mountain bike instructors.  The town of Crested Butte sits at nearly 9,000 feet, allowing for accessible rides through unmatched mountain scenery.  We also offer overnight car-camping and mountain biking trips around the Crested Butte area.  You’ll get to sample a variety of the great biking available and our staff will manage the logistics of moving camp each day to get you riding in a new area.


  • Professional & knowledgeable mountain bike guide 
  • Biking instructions
  • Bike repair kit
  • A detailed packing list will be provided upon reservation

Fly Fishing

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Crested Butte and Gunnison are truly an angler’s paradise. Surrounded by pristine rivers and spectacular mountains, it is easy to see why so many come for the fishing and stay for the scenery. Whether you’re interested in chasing rainbows and browns on the Gunnison River, or moving through pocket water on our smaller streams, our guides will be by your side to share their wealth of knowledge on our local watershed. Choose from a walk wade trip, float trip, or multi-day combination of both, depending on your preferences. 

No matter if you are a lifelong angler or casting a fly rod for the first time, our guides will teach you based on your skill set. Let us choose the flies, tackle, and equipment to help you land your first trout on a fly or fight the fish of a lifetime.

Private Water Options
The feeling of solitude is a major reason many of us choose to enjoy the sport of fly fishing. Irwin Guides is fortunate to have private water opportunities for our guests to experience. With miles of beautiful oxbows and sheltering willows, Tomichi Creek is where you’ll quickly find yourself focused on the pursuit of catching fish instead of contemplating your next move based on the traffic of other anglers. This wild brown trout fishery is paradise when it comes to Colorado fly fishing. Split up by beats, this stretch of river remains sustainable with eager fish all summer long. Tomichi Creek reservations are based on availability and water conditions. A rod fee is required to gain access to this section of river. Call us to find out more.


  • Professional & knowledgeable guide
  • All fishing equipment including rod, reels, flies, tackle, waders, and boots
  • Water & lunch for full-day adventures only 
  • Detailed packing list will be provided upon registration

Peak Climbing - Guides Ridge

Crested Butte is home to dozens of peaks from mild to wild, with summits that reach to 12,000 and 13,000 feet.  These peaks range from moderate hikes to technical mountaineering adventures with many secluded summits that are rarely visited.  Let our guides pick the perfect level of challenge for you! Our technical peak options involve using ropes, harnesses, and helmets for safety on the more difficult climbing portions of the route. Crested Butte Mountain offers an incredible introduction to mountaineering on the Guides Ridge route, and riding a ski lift to over 11,000 feet lets you skip the hiking and focus on the climbing, no experience necessary!


  • Professional & knowledgeable guide(s)
  • Any technical gear – map, compass, first aid kit, water treatment system 
  • Transportation to trailhead and pick up 
  • Rescue access and response if needed 
  • Detailed packing list provided upon reservation

About Irwin Guides

Irwin Guides is a global guiding company based in Crested Butte, Colorado that creates custom-designed adventure experiences. By maintaining the highest level of certifications and focusing on small-group personalization, we set the standard for guided outdoor activities year-round. From backcountry skiing and ice climbing to mountain biking and fly fishing, our purpose is to safely guide our guests to pursue passions, new and old, while building skills, creating deeper connections to nature, and strengthening bonds with family and friends. Exceptional focus on the client experience drives us to hire not only the most qualified but also the most personable and enthusiastic guides, so that when our guests encounter opportunities to push personal limits, their experience is defined by shared excitement, unwavering safety, and a sense of life-affirming accomplishment. With an extensive assortment of winter and summer adventures, as well as a variety of leading educational courses, Irwin Guides exists to inspire guests to always continue exploring.

Elevation Hotel and Spa

500 Gothic Road
Mt. Crested Butte, CO 81225
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