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Mineral Belt Mayhem Leadville 2 Mar 2013
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Glenwood Springs

A great article on trail riding in Glenwood Springs

Park County/Bailey

There is a vision for Bailey, CO, only 50 minutes outside Denver, as a world-class destination for mountain bikers and other recreational trail users, sparking dramatic economic revitalization for the small, scrappy mountain community. It is a vision that is shared by a growing number of local residents, regional businesses, public officials, economic-development experts, and certainly outdoor enthusiasts.

Colorado has thousands of miles of old jeep trails and former mining roads offering countless possibilities for intrepid bikers. Biking is allowed on national forest land but is strictly prohibited (along with motorized vehicular traffic) in wilderness areas. Some hiking trails allow bikes but be sure to check with the proper land managing agency before entering unfamiliar territory.

Alpine Loop - Lake City

This 65 mile loop linking Lake City, Ouray and Silverton is a high altitude ride on mostly dirt roads and includes traversing Cinnamon and Engineer Passes, both over 12,000 feet.

Bear Lake Road - Rocky Mountain National Park

This heavy use road for intermediate level bikers climbs 10 miles (and 1500 feet) to Bear Lake. Wildlife viewing, scenic overlooks.

Cherry Creek Bikeways - Cherry Creek SRA

This 8 mile network of trails around Cherry Creek Reservoir is very popular among joggers as well as bikers. Bike rental is available nearby.

Colorado State Forest - Gould

Colorado’s only state forest also sports 112 miles of gravel and dirt roads making up a bike trail system. Mountains, lakes, forest, backcountry scenery.

Colorado Trail - Kassler

This trail passes through public and private lands, mostly at or near timberline, on various terrains. Contact the Colorado Trail Foundation for more details.

Crested Butte Trails - Crested Butte

With over 50 designated routes accomodating every skill level, this is a major mountain biking mecca of Colorado.

Dolores River Canyon - Dove Creek

26 mile marked route on an abandoned jeep trail. Immediately south of Dove Creek turn east and follow the Public Lands Access signs to river and parking areas. As several river crossings are necessary, call BLM Dolores Hot Line at 970-882-7600 for flow information before attempting this trip.

Ft. Collins Tour de Fort - Ft. Collins

56 miles of designated bikeways, trails, lanes, and routes, some exclusively for bikes. Contact the Ft. Collins Chamber of Commerce for a pocket guide to the system.

Garfield Trail - San Isabel National Forest

This scenic trail for the beginning mountain biker follows an abandoned spur of the Denver and Rio Grande Western RR. The grade rises at a steady 4% for the duration of the 3.8 mile trail which deadends at private property just east of Cree Creek.

Glenwood Canyon Bike Path - White River National Forest

This trail begins at the vapor cave east of the Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs. The trail follows an old frontage road and crosses I-70 via a steep, short pathway. A short gravel switchback drops the trail to the Colorado River. When complete, the trail will extend the length of the canyon, some 20 miles.

Hahn’s Peak Lake/Nipple Peak Loop - Routt National Forest

This trail may require technical riding skills as it features steep climbs and descents on rocky, sandy soils. Follow FR 487 to TR 1156, ride west about 3 miles to TR 1147. Continue on TR 1147 to Summit Creek Guard Station and beyond, back to FR 129 and Hahn’s Peak Lake turnoff. 21 miles roundtrip.

Kannah Creek Trail - Grand Mesa National Forest

This 11.8 mile trail follows Kannah Creek from the forest boundary to Carson Lake, passing several maller lakes among the aspens and spruces.

Kokopelli's Trail - Fruita

The first leg in the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail System. This 128 mile trip to Moab, Utah, winds through desert canyons and sagebrush prairies along the Colorado River. Segment difficulties range from easy to strenuous.

Manitou Park Bike Trail - Pike National Forest

From Woodland Park go north on State Route 67 for 6 miles to the South Meadows Campground. Park outside the campground entrance. This popular trail runs for 2 miles along State Route 67 and offers views of the Manitou Park area.

Maroon Creek Road - Aspen

Head north out of Aspen on State Route 82 for 1 mile, then turn left onto Maroon Creek Road. This heavy use route climbs 1000 feet in 9 miles to end at Maroon Lake with views of Pyramid Peak (14,018 feet) and the Maroon Bells.

Mesa Verde Loop - Mesa Verde National Park

This bike tour starts at the park entrance with a steady climb for 4 miles to the Far View Visitor Center. There are 2 routes available from here with spectacular views and access to Anasazi sites. Check at the entrance station for more details, some areas are seasonally accessible.

Rollins Pass - East Portal

This route follows an abandoned railroad bed from East Portal 15 miles to the summit of 11,671 foot Rollins Pass. Spectacular views.

Schofield Pass - Marble

Very strenuous 30 mile trail from Marble to Crested Butte over 10,707 foot pass via narrow, rough and often dangerous roads. Heavy snowpack until late spring.

Snowmass - near Aspen

Snowmass has tons of miles if interconnecting trails including 25 miles withing the Snowmass Village borders. The Government Trail is known as the best. Access it from the Burlingame lift (free rides from 1 July to 5 September!), or ride to it up Wood Road to Elk Creek Road. At the trail junction, choose from a ride heading east over the aspen covered slopes, or west for more challenging hills and wildflowers. Both are out-and-back, but there are some loop options. Next, try out the Rim Trail that departs from the village and switchbacks up to the rim, accessing more great riding at the top. Check out wildernet's "find a ride" at

Tabeguache Trail - Olathe

This route travels 142 miles through canyons, mesas and highlands of the Uncompaghre Plateau. Extension of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail System. Difficulty ranges from easy to advanced. Many 4x4 roads provide access to shorter segments of the trail.

Trail Ridge Road - Rocky Mountain National Park

This very strenuous trip of 48 miles is recommended for experienced high altitude bikers only. The road climbs to alpine tundra and travels along the Continental Divide. Scenic pullouts and overlooks, Alpine Visitor Center near the top.

Transamerica Bicycle Trail - Walden

Part of a 4,300 mile trail that begins in Astoria, Oregon and ends in York, Virginia. Colorado section starts at state line on State Route 125 and goes through Kremmling, Dillon, Pueblo, Ordway, and leaves the state along State Route 96 near Towner.

Winter Park Mountain Bike Trail System - Winter Park

600+ miles of designated trails, eight major loop arteries, thousands of backcountry roads, this is what makes the Winter Park aea a haven for bikers. Contact the active local group Winter Park FATS for more information. Trails to try include:

  • the Long Trail that winds up from the base through aspens and evergreens and beautiful views of Frasier Valley
  • Upper Roof of the Rockies is another ride with great views that climbs to 11,000 feet
  • Tipperary and Spruce Creek is another great choice. Follow highway 40 to County Road 5 to County Road 50 to the Tipperary trailhead. The trail winds up through mountain meadows then down to RD160 from where you can take other trails or head back.

Off-road mountain bikers love Colorado. There are few places on earth with more extreme trails, versatile terrain and spectacular scenery.

Burro Trail & Mayflower Lake

Burro Trail & Mayflower Lake is a Forest Service trail that starts out at Beaver Run ski resort. It’s high and it’s long at 9800-11300 elevation and 12 miles of moderate-challenging, singletrack dirt roads. You’ll even have to walk a piece on this one.

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