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Colorado Mountain Biking

Do you love to feel the wind in your face as you glide down hills on your mountain bike? If so, then Colorado is the place to go. From beginner rides like Bear Lake Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park to the more difficult Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway or the Snowmass Creek Road near Aspen to the climbing trek of the Left Hand Canyon in Boulder, there is something for everyone.

Claiming to be Coloradoís mountain biking capital is the town of Crested Butte where you will find trails that have made it one of the nationís leading fat-tire playgrounds. You may choose the challenging 25 mile ride over Schofield Pass to Marble, Colorado or the easier Cement Creek Trail. Crested Butte has so many biking trails, that no matter your age, ability, or physical condition, you will find a trail that is perfect for you.

The Colorado Trail is a 500 mile ride from Durango to Denver that is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers. It takes approximately 4 weeks to travel across Colorado, and as you do, you will pass through the stateís most ruggedly beautiful country. There are deep forest and high plains, mountain flowers and many other magnificent sights. Other trails in the Durango area are the Hermosa Creek Trail and the La Plata Canyon Road.

In Winter Park there are copious backcountry roads and trails in the Arapahoe National Forest and in the Rocky Mountain National Park, It is home to the annual King of the Rockies Off-Road Stage Race and is one of Americaís leading professional mountain bike races. Part of trailís run includes 30 mile Tipperary Creek Trail which is one of Coloradoís best mountain bike trails.

In the Vail and Beaver Creek region there are many road tours and back country trails for mountain biking. A popular trek is the 12 Ĺ Lost Lake Trail along Red Sandstone Road and the 30 mile Vail Pass Bikeway which ends in Frisco.

The Breckenridge and Summit County mountain bike trails are as numerous as they are strenuous. The trails often meander along 19th century mining roads and burro trails which end in ghost towns. If you love fat-tire trails, then the 80 mile loop known as Devilís Triangle is just what you are looking for! This difficult trail climbs 4 mountain passes and returns to its starting point in Frisco.

In Grand Junction, you will find Kokopelliís Trail that ultimately ends 142 miles later in Moab, Utah. The trail passes through sandstone and shale canyons and has an elevation of 4,200 feet. There are primitive campsites along the way, so just grab your gear and head for this truly fat-tire trail which begins at Loma Boat Launch.

For a shorter ride, head for the 33 mile route through and around Colorado National Monument. The trail follows Rim Rock Drive, but does not have a separate bike lane or a shoulder, so be alert.

For more information on Colorado bike trails send a self addresses stamped envelope to:
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, P.O. Box 4602, Grand Junction 81502