Grand County provides some of the best mountain biking opportunities in Colorado. Winter Park, Colorado alone boasts over 600 miles of marked, mapped and user-friendly trails, contributing to its apropos nickname, Mountain Bike Capital, USA™. From high mountain peaks to beautiful river valleys, single tracks to back country roads, there are opportunities for all ages and skill levels.
Click here for a free map for all skill levels or to get answers to questions concerning the four main areas of Grand County, contact one of the chambers directly.
Ride the Rockies takes place June 9-15, 2018. This year marks the 33rd annual Ride the Rockies biking tour. A six day event, the tour rides through the Breckenridge, Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park, gaining 25,935 feet in elevation.
2018 Epic Singletrack Series is held over several dates in various cities across Grand County. Visit their site to register or find the details about a specific race. Race 1 takes place in Winter Park on June 9. Race 2 is held June 23 at the Winter Park Resort. Race 3 begins and ends at Hideaway Park in Winter Park on July 7. Race 4 is held in Fraser on July 22. Race 5 is August 4 and takes place between Fraser and Winter Park. The final leg, Race 6 is also held between Fraser and Winter Park on Aug 18.
Gears & Beers is a family-friendly bike race with three stages all over Granby Ranch.
Mountain Bike Capital USAᵀᴹ Weekend is held June 22-24 in Winter Park. Celebrate all things biker at this annual event and even get a lesson from a pro cyclist.
2018 Mavic Haute Route Rockies takes place in several cities over June 23-29 and climbs over 14,000 feet over 7 stages.
Women, Wheels & Wine is an all-day event that takes place July 8 at Devil's Thumb Ranch. Enjoy biking and the many amenities the ranch has to offer like yoga and massage.
Mountain Biking 101
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned biker, before you cruise through the wilderness, there are a few things to keep in mind. To learn everything from standards of etiquette to body positioning, check out this blog post by Sacred Rides. Maps, elevation gain, tips from other riders, photos, and trail difficult ratings are available at Mountain Biking Project and a thorough checklist is available through REI. If you're just starting out, it might be a good idea to consult an outfitter like On the Trails Rentals in Grand Lake and Epic Mountain Sports in Winter Park. You can also rent bikes, buy lift tickets and take lessons at Granby Bike Ranch or Trestle Bike Park. Experienced outfitters will be able to tell you which types of trails and bike types are most appropriate for your skill level. Looking to buy? Make sure you know your stuff, not all mountain bikes are created equal. Learn more about Downhill, Freestyle, Cross-Country and All-Mountain bikes here.
Biking Areas, Outfitters & Bike Parks
United States Forest Service: Sulphur Ranger District
Take a look at all the mountain biking trails in the Sulphur Ranger District (Winter Park/Granby/Grand Lake) region. Incudes directions to trailhead, difficulty levels area amenities and more.
Call 970.887.4100 for more information from the USFS.
Mountain Bike Capital USA™
Winter Park has earned the nickname of Mountain Bike Capital USA™ with:
For more information visit the website or call the Winter Park Fraser Chamber at 970.726.4221.
Trestle Bike Park
America’s premier full-service bike park features over 40 miles of trails for riders of all ages and abilities, and offers the largest rental/demo fleet in the country, plus food and lodging to refuel for another day.
Visit the website or call 970.726.1564 or email for additional information.
Bike Granby Ranch
Bike Granby Ranch is located in the heart of Mountain Bike Capital USA™ —6000 acres to explore between Winter Park, Arapaho National Forest, and Rocky Mountain National Park—their downhill, cross-country, and family biking trails draw cyclists from far and wide, and are enjoyed by experts and beginners alike.
Visit the website or call 888.850.4615 for more details.
Devil's Thumb Ranch
Devil's Thumb Ranch offers guided mountain bike rides, unguided rentals, and trail passes.
Guided Mountain Bike Rides: $55/person (90 minutes). Includes instruction, bike and helmet. Minimum 2 people.
Mountain Bike Rentals: $40/day.
Trail Passes: $10/day, complimentary for ranch guests.
Call the Devil's Thumb Ranch Activities Center at 970.726.8231 or [email protected]
YMCA of the Rockies: Snow Mountain Ranch
Snow Mountain Ranch has miles of mountain biking trails for the beginner to advanced rider. Rent a mountain bike or trike and start riding!
Visit the website or call 970.887.2152 for more information.
Mountain Biking Trails
You'll see why Colorado is a mountain bikers paradise when you test out Grand County's trails. Dozens of businesses and organizations in the county express their love for the sport by supporting or maintaining trails, hosting festivals and events, as well as offering tours and rentals. One such association is the Headwaters Trails Alliance, a nonprofit advocate for trails in Grand County, Colorado. Their primary goal is to provide high quality trails linking towns and recreational areas within Grand County, with secondary trail systems connecting historical, cultural and recreational sites near our communities. You can visit their site for Grand County trail maps or more information about trail conditions. Though the number of biking trails can be astounding, don't let it overwhelm you— let it inspire you. Take a look at our mountain biking tips, read more about our top 11 reasons to mountain bike in Grand County, and explore the possibilities!
Givelo Trail is a short, relatively flat trail near Fraser that leads to more difficult routes. It is 1.7 miles and ascends 183 feet. You can connect with Fraser West Trail (intermediate) and Creekside Trail (easy-intermediate).
Strawberry Creek West is rated as intermediate, but is fairly short, 5.8 miles, and doesn't ascend over 565 feet. It features a route to the High Lonesome Hut and intersects with Doe Creek Trail (intermediate).
The Fraser to Granby Trail (17.2 miles and 802 ft elevation) begins in Fraser and winds through old mining homesteads and elk country, and concludes in Granby. It requires intermediate skills throughout.
Near Winter Park and Fraser, the Idlewild Trail (.5 miles and 0 feet ascent) is a short, intermediate trail that connects to the South Fork Loop (2.8 miles and 274 feet elevation gain) and the Rendezvous Trail System (13.8 miles and 1588 feet ascent) which alternates between intermediate and advanced.
Winter Park East Trail requires intermediate to advanced mountain biking skills. This trail is 17.4 miles and climbs 2166 feet, connecting with multiple other trails throughout.
Rollins Pass or Corona Pass is an intermediate, but long trail. It travels 35.7 miles from Rollinsville to Winter Park and ascends 3233 feet.
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