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Colorado's Best Mountain Biking

05.25.17

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  • The Colorado Trail's modest beginnings near Junction Creek.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Feeling small on Little Scraggy, Buffalo Creek Recreation Area.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Funky terrain along Sandy Wash Trail, Buffalo Creek Recreation Area.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Stunning landscape along the 18 Road Mountain Bike Trails near Fruita.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Jaw-dropping views from a side trail in Oil Well Flats.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Just one of many flowy trails at Hall Ranch.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Switchbacking climb in Betasso Preserve.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Descending on the Mule Deer Loop in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Bombing the Sisters Trail near Evergreen.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Autumn aspens in Boreas Pass.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Fast and furiously fun downhill on Joe's Ridge near Fruita.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • The Book Cliffs at sunset, seen from PBR Trail near Fruita.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Just another day on Hunter Creek Trail near Aspen.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Charging along the winding spine of Zippity-Do-Da near Fruita.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Golden fields along West Magnolia Loop.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Bighorn sheep preside over Waterton Canyon and the Colorado Trail.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • A breathtaking view of Horsethief Bench as the trail rolls off into the distance.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
  • Huge exposure along Mary's Loop of the Kokopelli Loops.- Colorado's Best Mountain Biking
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From the plains of the east, across multiple mountain ranges, and to the deserts of the west, incredible mountain biking can be found across the state of Colorado. Diverse terrain caters to all abilities, and varied elevation offers conditions for all seasons.

Opportunities are seemingly endless, so we've compiled a list some of the best. Trail quality, terrain variation, scenery, accessibility, and general fun level--we've covered it all. Check out these featured destinations for a taste of Colorado's finest trail riding selection.

The famous Colorado Trail connects mountains and wilderness areas across the state and offers spectacular riding on many of its segments. You can access the route at its southwestern end from Junction Creek, its opposite end at Waterton Canyon, or at multiple points in between.

For cruising around outskirts of the Front Range cities, try Betasso Preserve near Boulder, local favorite Hall Ranch near Longmont and Boulder, or Oil Well Flats south of Colorado Springs.

To venture higher into the hills, head for West Magnolia in Nederland, Evergreen Mountain in Alderfer/Three Sisters Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, or Buffalo Creek Recreation Area.

Deeper into the mountains, fantastic views await in Hunter Creek near Aspen and Boreas Pass near Breckenridge.

Moving on to the Western Slope, slickrock landscapes around Fruita and Grand Junction open up an entirely different world of riding. The 18 road area deals thrills like PBR, Joe's Ridge, and Zippity-Do-Dah. The Kokopelli Loops outside Fruita earn you huge exposure over the Colorado River on Mary's Loop, Horsethief Bench, and others. Just outside of Grand Junction and Colorado National Monument are unforgettable rides like The Ribbon.

No matter what your skill level, what time of year, or what part of the state, Colorado's mountain biking never disappoints. Use these guides to find the perfect trails for you and to plan your next two-wheeled adventure.

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