Pushing up against the Front Range, the Denver metro area is uniquely fortunate to have countless miles of single-track trails perfect for traditional cross-country style, fast-track mountain biking. Popping in and out of ponderosa dominated forests and wildflower-filled meadows, and passing historic homesteads and craggy outcroppings, Denver is a truly incredible place for mountain bikers.
With so many trails to choose from, here is a list of 10 classic Denver area rides which will be fun for mountain bikers of all skills and a must-do for anyone new to the area.
Some of these, like the Mount Carbon Loop within Bear Creek Lake Regional Park, are only a few minutes drive from southwest Denver, while others, like the West Magnolia Trail, take just over an hour to drive to. Be sure to check trail restrictions. Given the proximity to a major metro area, certain parks will restrict mountain bike use to certain days, such as Centennial Cone, where the trails are only open for use on even weekend dates, and on odd weekend dates the trails are reserved for hikers.
Trails listed in order from proximity from downtown Denver: