Colorado Springs Mountain Biking
If youre looking for an exciting outdoor workout with beautiful views in Colorado Springs, mountain biking is your answer.
People come from all over the world to mountain bike in Colorado!
Mountain biking in other parts of the country might mean cruising through fields or over hills, but here in the Springs, mountain biking means just that: youre biking on a mountain, brother.
And because youre not riding over smooth pavement, the bike must fit the terrain. Wide handlebars, knobby tires, strong suspension, and powerful brakes will get you up and down and around a mountain. So dont bring your road bike out on this dirt, or you might end up eating some. ;)
In Colorado Springs, mountain biking trails are plentiful. You can just about ride anywhere in the Springs. Below is a list of trails that folks around here can't stop talking about...
The local mountain biking Mecca. This park has enough variety of terrain and combinations of trails to keep you busy for weeks. And its right in the heart of the city. Lots and lots of singletrack. Keep your eyes out for hikers and horseback riders.
The Trail: Upper and Lower sections make up one great ride. Tight turns and downhill gravel. 2.5 miles of single track. 3 miles of dirt road. Big views of the canyon and the city. This may be the favorite pick of Colorado Springs mountain biking aficionados.
The Trail: This one may give you an easy, peaceful feeling. 30 miles of solid dirt road with old train tunnels, and beautiful views of the canyon and city. The first 10 miles of the trail do not allow cars, so it's luxurious lanes all the way. A good trail for beginners or when you just want to take a scenic stroll in the mountains.
UTE VALLEY PARK
This is a popular playground for residents of the northwest side of the city--trails here will take you through several combinations of trails, from smooth dirt paths through forests, to rocky desertscapes, to rolling fields. A little bit of everything at Ute Valley Park.
Thirteen miles of dirt trails over open fields and past giant red rocks akin to Garden of the Gods. Great views of Pikes Peak, Manitou, and the city of Colorado Springs, with nice rolling hills and an occasional twisty turn. Or, keep on going into the mountains at the Section 16 connection. They also have a bike park next to the parking lot to try out your technical skills.
MONUMENT VALLEY PARK
This is a good altitude-adjustment ride. Easy, level cruising alongside Monument creek. Great views. Get your hemoglobin on!
GARDEN OF THE GODS
This is a great place to take your kids mountain biking if you want some paved, non-technical trails, and tons of great scenery. Picnic areas and photo opps abound.
MUELLER STATE PARK
Only a 30 minute drive northwest of Colorado Springs. Explore over 50 miles of trails through pines, aspens, over dirt and gravel. A great place to camp and ride.
*** INSIDER TIP: If youre planning a mountain biking vacation, remember that Colorado Springs is centrally located in the state. Only a few hours from here are other trails in places like Salida, Vail, Fruita, and (gasp) Moab! Try a multiple-day trip to take in the flavor of several different Rocky Mountain regions. ***
Just because youre on a bike doesnt mean you need to pedal hard. How about doing a descent down a 14,000 foot mountain?
Two companies in town offer Pikes Peak Descent trips, which begins with a van ride up to the summit with your group in the early morning (might want to grab a coffee), and then you roll all the way back down on a mountain bike. So the pedaling is taken care of, just make sure you have the steering and braking part down. ;)
204 S. 24th Street 80904
Colorado Springs, CO
Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Tours
302 S. 25th Street.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
If youre looking to buy a new mountain bike, stock up on supplies, or need help with repairs, check out these bike shops located in town.
Colorado Springs Bike Shop
Old Town Bike Shop
Hope this gets you started on your Colorado Springs mountain biking adventure. Dont forget to bring along lots of water, and always wear your helmet.