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Destination: Hartman Rocks, Colorado

  • By Eszter Horanyi
  • Published Jan. 1, 2013
  • Updated Nov. 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM EDT
Trails provide a combination of wide open spaces and narrow chokes to negotiate. Photo: Chris Miller | Miller Perspectives

Best of Gunnison

On the surface, Gunnison is a small cow town located along Highway 50, 30 miles south of its more famous mountain biking neighbor, Crested Butte. The quiet streets are a funky mix of college students from Western State College, ranchers, and outdoor enthusiasts, including mountain bikers, trail runners, climbers, fisherman, hunters, and motorized recreational users. With an abundance of open space, the user groups seem to have found a way to coexist happily on the high desert plateau.

Bike Shop: Rock N’ Roll Sports
608 Tomichi Avenue (970) 641-9150
Located in the Yellow House along Highway 50, Rock N’ Roll Sports is a Gunnison fixture. Owned by Dave Moe, a Gunnison native, the small shop caters to mountain bikers, climbers, and runners in the summer and Nordic and backcountry skiers in the winter.

Coffee Shop: The Bean
120 North Main Street (970) 641-2408
Located on Main Street, The Bean is a one-stop shop for coffee and breakfast. In addition to coffee and coffee accessories, it boasts a menu of smoothies, breakfast burritos, crepes, and sandwiches to ensure proper pre-ride fueling.

Meal: Firebrand Deli
111 North Main Street (970) 641-6266
Located next door to The Bean, Firebrand serves up the best sandwiches in town. With crispy bread and fresh ingredients, the shop is a favorite for many for a quick and easy lunch.

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