Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride

Boulder County Open Space

Northern Front Range, Colorado

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Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride

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  • Pea-sized granite, mica, and feldspar cover the trail with pink and white hues.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • Speed is your friend on this trail.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • The trail is skinny and narrow in some spots.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • Pay attention to your direction, there is only one two-way trail here.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • Rocks flank the trail all over Betasso Preserve.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • View of the foothills from Betasso.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • A few easy switchbacks on the way up.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • Riding the Betasso Preserve Loop.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • Nice trail reinforcement in some spots.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • Curvy and flowing is what Betasso is all about.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • The Benjamin Loop is a newer addition in 2007.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • There are a few places to rest along the way.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
  • The final turns before the parking lot.- Betasso Preserve Loop Mountain Bike Ride
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fast flowing trails. Ride from Boulder. Abundant wildlife and beautiful views.
Cons: 
Very busy on evening and weekends.
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Region:
Northern Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
961.00 ft (292.91 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
7.72 mi (12.42 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,500.00 ft (1,981.20 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Betasso Wildlife Preserve is great local mountain bike locale in Boulder not only because of its spectacular views and opportunities to see wildlife, but also because it can be ridden to directly from town. In the late 19th century the area had been used for mining operations and the Betasso family cattle ranch, but it has since been generously transformed into a Boulder County Open Space for all to enjoy. The Betasso family cabin from the early 1900s still stands in its original location. Albert's squirrels, woodpecker, bears, and mountain lions flourish here, so keep your eyes peeled and bring a camera.

The loops here are meant to be ridden only one-way, so pay attention to which direction you're traveling. The trails are closed to mountain bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Beginning your ride from the parking lot, the trail flows through pine forests and alpine meadows with blazingly fast singletrack. Riders of all skill levels will enjoy devouring the trails here, as the uphill climbs are short and only a minimal amount of pedaling is required. Watch out for other riders who are out furiously pumping this trail, as it can get very busy in the evenings and weekends. This Betasso Preserve Loop is a great introductory ride to all the trails that Boulder has to offer.

 

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