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Mountain Biking Activities

Colorado was simply made for the off-road mountain bike experience. Lots of trails and lots of group tours. We have off-road and snow biking tours as well.

Mountain Biking Activities

Colorado was simply made for the off-road mountain bike experience. Lots of trails and lots of group tours. We have off-road and snow biking tours as well.

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Mountain Biking Activities Along the San Juan Skyway

There are more mountain biking trails in the San Juans then you can imagine

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Mountain Biking in the San Juan’s

Each year thousands of hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders flock to southwest Colorado to enjoy the many trails in the San Juan National Forest. The San Juan National Forest has many miles of incredible singletrack trails for mountains bikers of all levels. The most famous, the Colorado Trail (CT), winds approximately 500 miles from Durango to Denver through the southern Rockies. The trail attracts backcountry mountain bikers from across the nation and around the world. The trail travels through six national forests, eight mountain ranges and six wilderness areas. Access to the trail from the San Juan Skyway area is easy. From Durango, for example, the Junction Creek trailhead, located a few miles from town, provides local access to the CT for mountain bikers and hikers.

Visitors to the San Juan Skyway area who have mountain biking passions have made the right choice of a base for riders with any skill and stamina levels. These marvelous trails are the result of dedicated trail advocacy and construction in the region. Notably, with full cooperation from Ouray County, the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for several decades Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) and COPMOBA (Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association) have been developing a very accessible trail system in and around the town of Ridgway. Miles more will be added in the near future to about 60 miles of singletrack. The main RAT trails are located off of County Road 10. With a variety of interlocking loops next to Ridgway State Park, RAT has pretty much something for every mountain biker including fun trails in Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and loops next to the Uncompahgre River. Accessed from Hwy. 550, the singletrack loop through Dennis Weaver Park can be ridden in either direction and provides enough ups and downs to make it fun and interesting.

The BLM has done a great job of providing outstanding mountain bike riding experiences in southwest Colorado and elsewhere. One of the best examples is Hartman Rocks, a very popular mountain bike area just a few miles southwest of Gunnison. Part of the BLM’s “Backyard to Backcountry” treasures, Hartman Rocks Recreation Area includes over 8,000 acres of public land jointly managed by the BLM, the city of Gunnison, and Gunnison County. Located just on the outskirts of Gunnison, with 40 miles of singletrack trails and 33 miles of road open to biking, this gem also offers hiking, motorcycling, rock climbing, horseback riding, trail running, and Nordic skiing.

The CT is popular with mountain bikers from beginners to experts. Expert riders enjoy the challenge of steeper CT terrain such as the 75 miles in the San Juan Mountains from Molas Pass to Durango. Most cyclists on the CT are day riders. Most of the CT is open to mountain bikes. They are prohibited, however, in the six wilderness areas through which the CT passes. Mountain bikers are required to detour around each wilderness area. That’s important for experienced and other backcountry mountain bikers to know. They will have to switch to hiking, for example, in the Weminuche Wilderness area, the largest wilderness area in Colorado.

Combining mountain biking and hiking in and around wilderness areas should be very appealing to people planning outdoor activities in the San Juans. The towns of Durango, Silverton, Pagosa Springs, South Fork and Creede surround and provide access into the Weminuche Wilderness. With an average elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level, the Weminuche is known for its challenging, rugged terrain, like the deep Animas River Gorge, wildflower-filled basins, and multiple peaks over 13,000 ft. Trailheads provide access to hundreds of miles of trails for hikers. Owing to its easy access via the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, its proximity to three of Colorado’s 14-ers, and its scenic beauty, Chicago Basin is a very popular backpacker destination in the Weminuche Wilderness.

Fortunately the San Juan National Forest offers lots of other mountain biking trails. Animas Mountain Trail, a 6-mile loop just north of Durango, offers spectacular views, challenging climbs and downhills. The Boggy Trail, an 8.4-mile loop near Dolores, provides wonderful scenery and beautiful wildflowers. Several segments of the CT (27 & 28) offer great views and challenging riding. Easily accessed from Durango, CT Segment 28 extends from 7,000 feet to just under 12,000 feet and includes everything from alpine riding to creekside cruising. The ride back to Durango, covers a very memorable 10-mile, 2,500-foot descent down to the town.

The mountain bike ride from Telluride to Durango is a long one at high altitude. Most people take 3-4 days. Along the Galloping Goose #499 trail, it’s 18 miles of easy trail riding with superb scenery. Several good campgrounds are available around Trout Lake. Following segments of the historic Rio Grande Southern Railway, much of the trail is singletrack and has amazing scenery. This is a perfect mountain bike ride for beginners. The grade never exceeds that of a train line, climbing continuously, usually not steep.

Mountain bikers should consider the route from Molas Pass to Engineer Mountain. Drive up to the 10,970-foot summit of Molas Pass between Silverton and Durango on Highway 550. The pass is part of the San Juan Skyway. Park at the Molas Pass overlook and cross the highway to the nearby trailhead. The trail passes Little Molas Lake on the way to the junction with Engineer Mountain Trail (EMT). Molas Pass to EMT is an approximately 20-mile day with nearly 3000 feet of climbing – nearly all above 11000 feet!

Molas Lake to Animas River via Molas Trail is an 8-mile out and back trail located near Silverton used for both hiking and mountain biking from May until October. Another great ride, mountain bikers can follow the base of iconic Engineer Mountain. You can ride the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass and link up with the Engineer Mountain Trail (EMT). Molas Pass to EMT is approximately a 20-mile day for mountain bikers, with nearly 3000 feet of climbing – all above 11,000 feet! Views along the way are amazing!

And finally, Rico in the San Juans offers some of Colorado’s best high country mountain bike riding including a 25-mile Blackhawk Pass loop trail that has beautiful wildflowers. Scotch Creek – Forest Road 580 heads up to the CT. Another option is taking FS Road 564 B to Salt Creek Trail, a rugged way to access the CT. Haviland Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Rico that features a lake and is rated as moderate

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