There is a saying in Colorado: How can you tell if someone is from Colorado? They have a $500 car with a $5,000 bike on top. Don't be fooled it rings true for a variety of reasons, but one in particular stands out: If you like to bike then Colorado and surrounding regions is the place to be. Did we mention there was good beer and coffee too?
Since many of Colorado's back roads are two-lane mountain highways, options for roadies are a lifetime of rides. We particularly are drawn to rides that include mountain passes, where you will be able to test your stamina and push your limits. Some of our favorites include, Vail Pass, Independence Pass, Ute Pass, and Wolf Creek Pass. Each pass typically has its own highlights, but one thing remains constant: the grades are steady, the air is thin, and the views are breathtaking.
Of course if you really want to punish yourself, then link a few passes together. Our suggestion? Ride the Copper Triangle: a 78-mile loop over Vail Pass, Tennessee Pass, and Freemont Pass. The course gains over 5,000 feet and never dips below 7,000 feet making it truly a test of lungs and sprit. The rewards? Some of the best mountain views in Central Colorado.
If you're looking for a more leisurely ride no sweat. Bike paths can be found in most towns, and flat comfortable riding can especially be found in Western Colorado. One of the best spots include the Palisade area, where riders can spin through orchards filled with peaches and grapes destined to be wine. If you're up for it stopping at a winery or two isn't always a bad idea either. (Just you know, don't ride drunk.)
Here at MyRockyMountainPark.com not one day goes by when someone doesn't bring up the fact that they would rather be on a mountain bike. The fat tire excitement in Colorado and Utah is just that good.
We could try to list all the great options but it would take an entire book. (Trust us we own many.) So instead we want to point up to some of the major destinations: Crested Butte, Fruita, Durango and Moab in Utah are just a few that come to mind. Essentially all you need to do is just show up, hop out of the car, and you'll be in mountain biking heaven. Okay so we know you want trails too, so without giving away too much check out the Bookcliffs in Fruita, Deer Creek Trail in Crested Butte, and Kenosha Pass located in the just south west of Denver. (Ride Kenosha Pass during fall and there is a good chance you won't ever want to leave.)