Spectacular Places to Cycle in Colorado

Mountain biking in Colorado | © Zach Dischner / Flickr
Mountain biking in Colorado | © Zach Dischner / Flickr
Photo of Stephanie Harper
4 November 2017

From a few major cities with well-maintained urban trails to the spectacular mountain biking opportunities throughout breathtaking scenery, Colorado has something to offer every cyclist. Here’s our list of the most incredible places to cycle in the state.

Golden

Golden is often heralded as a gateway to the mountains. It’s also a perfect place for cycling, having won bronze and silver awards from the League of American Cyclists for efforts to improve cycling infrastructure, including its Complete Streets Policy. The city has even been the start of the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. You’ll enjoy visiting Golden Bike Park, which features a downhill flow trail, bi-directional access trail, a skills area, and beginner pump track. Riders also enjoy the favorite Highway 6 Trail and the Clear Creek Trail.

Golden, CO, USA

Colorado Springs

The cycling community in Colorado Springs is very active. The city even has a Bike Tax to improve bicycle infrastructure and route connections. It boasts 100 miles (160.9 kilometers) of street bicycle routes, nearly 120 miles (193 km) of urban trails, and over 60 miles (96.5 km) of mountain biking trails. Highlights include Cheyenne Mountain State Park, the Ute Trail through the stunning Garden of the Gods, and Pike’s Peak.

Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Fort Collins

Fort Collins features flat terrain throughout the city, as well as wide street bike lanes, making it a great place to ride. The Bike Share program includes a network of bicycles throughout the city for short-term use. You can also take one of many self-guided tours promoted by the program, including “Bike the Sites,” a brewery tour, and environmental learning tour. Popular scenic trails follow the Poudre River and Spring Creek.

Fort Collins, CO, USA

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs is an idyllic mountain town known for its Champagne Powder, but it’s also one of the fastest-growing bike-friendly destinations in the country. The Yampa River Core Trail is a paved multi-use path perfect for beginners and families. For road bikers, the surrounding Yampa Valley provides several gravel trails and popular routes through ranching country. Mountain bikers will enjoy breathtaking routes around Emerald Mountain, Rabbit Ears Pass, and the hot springs area. The Steamboat Bike Park, on the other hand, keeps the adrenaline junkies fed with thousands of vertical feet of riding.

Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

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