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Colorado Springs' and the Pikes Peak Region's extensive trail network and grueling road climbs offer some of the best mountain and road biking opportunities in the state of Colorado

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Mountain Bike Trails Best For:

Spectacular Views - Red Rocks Open Space

Best For: Spectacular Views

Red Rocks Open Space

Red Rocks is known as "the secret Garden of the Gods" because it contains many similar red rock ridges and formations. This open space is criss-crossed with everything from wide and smooth dirt roads to tiny washed-out singletrack that climbs up the ridges. A wide variety of terrain allows you to ride gravel, sand, hard packed dirt, and rocks - and you can link together different trails for a really, really long ride too. 

Local's Tips: The Roundup Trail offers a variety of terrain and technical challenges as it traverses across the top of the park. The Cordell Trail takes you up onto the backbone of one of the ridges and offers great views of the city.

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Downhill Fun - Captain Jack's Downhill & The Chutes

Best For: Some Downhill Fun

Captain Jack's Downhill & The Chutes

These are two separate trails that can be linked together for one fun downhill run. Located in North Cheyenne Canyon Park, Captain Jack's offers wide, very fast singletrack with just a few short uphill sections. Enjoy loose gravel, banked turns, mogul-like jumps and more as you let it rip down the mountainside. At the bottom of Captain Jack's, make a left out of the parking lot and ride down Gold Camp Road until you hit pavement. Shortly after, you'll come across the drop in for The Chutes, a shorter and less technical, but still fun, downhill trail that will dump you out in Stratton Open Space.

Local's Tip: For a good workout (and one long downhill back to the car) park in Stratton Open Space, ride up The Chutes, up Gold Camp Road, then ride the short but steep High Drive up to the trailhead of Captain Jack's. You'll then be in for nothing but sweet downhill, all the way back to the car!

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Working On Your Technical Skills - Palmer Park

Best For: Working on Your Technical Skills

Palmer Park

This 730-acre park is located in the heart of Colorado Springs, yet feels like it is miles away in the wilderness. Palmer offers a variety of terrain for all levels of riders. Trails are well marked with ratings like the ski slopes - green trails for beginners, blue for intermediates, and black diamonds for extreme riders. Lots of rocks, drop offs, jumps and step ups make this park a local's favorite for practicing technical skills.

Local's Tip: Although the main trails are well marked with posts, the park has many secondary trails that criss-cross everywhere and are not clearly identified. It's easy to get turned around, so either bring a map, or a local with you!

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Learning How to Ride (Beginners) - Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Best For: Beginners

Cheyenne Mountain State Park

With over 20 miles of wide trails, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is an excellent place for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. Situated on over 2,700 acres, this State Park is also a popular spot for wildlife viewing and picnicing. All trails are rated as easy to moderate in difficulty. Entry fee, no dogs allowed on trails.

Local's Tip: The trails near the bottom of the park (down in the valley) and on the North side are the easiest. Beginners should try Sundance, Bobcat Way or Soaring Kestral. More advanced riders will enjoy the climbs that the Talon trails offer. If you want to practice your technical skills, the rocky Boulder Run and Cougar's Shadow trails will give you plenty of practice. 

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Variety of Terrain & Flow - The Falcon Trail

Best For: Variety of Terrain & Flow

The Falcon Loop at the Air Force Academy

This 12 mile loop trail consists of marked singletrack through the grounds of the US Air Force Academy. The Falcon Loop is hands down one of the best trails in Colorado Springs; it offers a little bit of everything - good climbs, technical spots, fast flowly downhill, and beautiful views. Recommended for intermediate to advanced riders.

Local's Tip: The part of the Air Force Academy grounds that the Falcon Trail is located on is not always open to the public. If you do not have an active military ID, then it is recommended you call ahead to check the status of the trail and whether the public is currently allowed access.

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Experiencing A "Little Moab" - Ute Valley Park

Best For: Experiencing A "Little Moab"

Ute Valley Park

Ute Valley Park offers a great combination of fast trails and technical sections, with lots of rock riding! This is a great park with many "easy" rock obstacles and riding to help build confidence. Many of the locals have christened this park the "little Moab" of Colorado Springs. 

Local's Tip: Ute Valley Park's main parking lot off of Vindicator Drive gets full fast on the weekends. If there are no spaces when you arrive, parking is available in the elementary school lot right down the road (when school is out only).

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Taking The Whole Family For A Ride - The Midland Trail

Best For: Taking The Whole Family For A Ride

The Midland & Pikes Peak Greenway Trails

Want to take the whole family for a ride? The Midland and Pikes Peak Greenway Trails are wide, paved thoroughfares that connect Manitou Springs to Downtown Colorado Springs and then continue North. With virtually no climbing, these two trails are perfect for riders of all abilities, including the little ones.

Local's Tip: If you ride these trails all the way up to the North side of Colorado Springs, they will eventually become dirt roads, but they are still very rideable and well maintained. 

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A Great Workout - Columbine Trail & Buckhorn Trail

Best For: A Great Workout

The Columbine Trail & Buckhorn Trail

These two trails are located in scenic North Cheyenne Canyon park and offer some serious elevation gain. Start at the bottom of the canyon on the Lower Columbine Trail and ride until you reach the very top! A few sections in Middle Columbine are hike-a-bike for all except the most experienced and physically fit riders. Once you reach the end of Upper Columbine, continue up the paved road a short distance to reach the dirt parking lot and dirt road at the top of the canyon. Take the dirt road to the very left and ride down it until you reach Buckhorn Trailhead (not very well marked), then begin another ascent to the top of the canyon!

Local's Tip: Once you reach the top of Buckhorn, continue down the trail until it hits a dirt road. Directly across the dirt road is the trailhead to Captain Jack's Downhill - this offers some flowy and fast singletrack. If you want to reward yourself for all that climbing, take Captain Jack's down before heading back to the car! 

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Road Bike Routes Best For:

A Scenic Loop - Cripple Creek & Victor

Best For: A Scenic Loop

Highway 67 & Highway 81 in Cripple Creek & Victor

This 23 mile loop is a great high altitude lung buster with elevation levels just below 10,000 ft. The climbing is easy to moderate but can feel harder due to the elevation...however the spectacular views make the lack of oxygen worth it! Road conditions are pretty smooth and well maintained, with adequate shoulder room for safe road bike riding. Do it once, or twice, for a true Colorado road ride. 

Local's Tips:

  • Need a quick pick-me-up during or after your ride? Stop in the small mining town of Victor and visit the Gold Camp Bakery off of 3rd street. This small family-run shop will satisfy any sweet tooth with authentic German pastries, cakes, cookies and breads along with good, freshly brewed coffee. 
  • This is hands down the best area to ride road bikes in the fall - the abundance of aspen trees makes for beautiful fall foliage viewing when their leaves turn brillant gold. 

Preparing For The Tour De France - Pikes Peak Highway

Best For: Preparing For The Tour de France

Pikes Peak Highway

For those in peak physical condition, the Pikes Peak Highway offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to test your physical and mental strength. This 19 mile long road offers the greatest base-to-summit elevation gain in the state - 7,400 feet. The route is fully paved and incredibly intense and includes more than 150 turns to the 14,115-foot summit. Because of the extreme nature of the mountain, children under the age of 18 must be escorted by a parent or legal guardian. Riders are required to pay the regular admission fee or use one of the Pikes Peak-America's Mountain passes.

Local's Tip: 

  • There is no parking near the tollgate so any cyclists planning to drive to the highway and then bike to the summit are encouraged to park at the Crystal Reservoir Visitors Center parking lot or above. The ride from Crystal Reservoir is shorter with significantly less elevation gain - 12.5 miles with 4,880 feet in elevation gain - and is a good option for cyclists who aren't quite sure if they can handle the full 19 mile route. 
  • Weather changes incredibly fast on the mountain, and often the summit is 20-30 degrees colder than the base. Bring layers, plenty of water and a good calorie source.

 

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Perfecting Your Climbing Skills - North Cheyenne Canyon

Best For: Perfecting Your Climbing Skills

North Cheyenne Canyon

Want to go where the locals practice their climbing skills? Look no further than North Cheyenne Canyon. Located only 3 miles up the road from the resort, you can ride your bike right from your guest room! This 3.2 mile climb up the canyon offers spectacular views and an average grade of 7.3%. You'll know you're at the top when the pavement ends at a large dirt parking lot (if you hit the parking lot by the waterfall, you still have some climbing to do).

Local's Tip: The two-lane road up the canyon can get very narrow in some spots and the shoulder is sometimes nonexistant. If you don't feel comfortable, then don't do it - however, locals are so accustomed to the plethora of road bikers (and mountain bikers) riding the road that they know to drive cautiously. 

To see a trail map with the canyon road on it, click here >

Taking The Whole Family For A Ride - The Midland Trail

Best For: Taking The Whole Family For A Ride

The Midland & Pikes Peak Greenway Trails

Want to take the whole family for a ride? The Midland and Pikes Peak Greenway Trails are wide, paved thoroughfares that connect Manitou Springs to Downtown Colorado Springs and then continue North. With virtually no climbing, these two trails are perfect for riders of all abilities, including the little ones.

Local's Tip: If you ride these trails all the way up to the North side of Colorado Springs, they will eventually become dirt roads, but they are still very rideable and well maintained. 

For a trail map, click here >

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