Things don't get particularly interesting in Colorado until you get about halfway across the state when headed west. However, once the Rocky Mountains say hello, you're firmly under their spell throughout the rest of the state. It's the 8th most expansive of the 50 states by area, and is home to 53 different mountain peaks in excess of 14,000 feet above sea level. While the state is large and offers up ample opportunity to adventure, roughly 70% of its population reside within the Front Range, the corridor between Cheyenne, WY and Pueblo, CO. It's also home to several prominent cycling brands, including Yeti Cycles, PEARL iZUMi, Guerilla Gravity, MRP, and more.
We wanted to see which networks in the Rocky Mountain State were the most popular, and so we headed to our sister site Trailforks
to get the intel. Trailforks is a trail management system for riders, builders and associations and it aims to provide the very best tools to inventory, maintain, promote and showcase trail networks. By using the Trailforks ridelog feature, we were able to take a look at which trail networks across the state are the most ridden. While this is an accurate representation based on user input, this is not a list of favorites per se. It is a direct reflection of Trailforks usage, and if you want to ensure that your own riding has an impact on lists like this, you can do so by connecting your Strava account to Trailforks, or by simply using the tracking feature in the Trailforks app itself. This information can make for some spirited conversation, but more importantly can be leveraged by trail associations in their advocacy efforts.
The Lunch Loops are a stacked singletrack trail system just two miles from downtown Grand Junction. The proximity to town gave the system its name; a trail system you could enjoy on your lunch break. A technical trail system, many riders who come from other areas learn there is another level of riding when exploring these trails. Rocky in nature, the trails cut through the multi-colored desert landscape with frequent step-up and drop moves, steep climbs, and ripping downhills. The Lunch Loops feature the first direction downhill trail with "play" features constructed on BLM lands. Free Lunch, designed as an expert trail, has multiple drop sections and a rowdy, technical nature. Other advanced-expert trails in the system include Pucker Up, Holy Cross, Gunny Loop, and Eagle's Wing. The Lunch Loops are home to about 50 miles of trail, with a maximum vertical relief of 2,000 feet from its highest point 6,700 feet above sea level. It's a lot of work managing this level of trail traffic, and it's thanks to the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association
that this place continues to thrive.Lunch Loops mountain biking trails
Welcome to Trestle Bike Park. We're a full service mountain bike destination, with over 40 miles of trails for every experience level, lodging, food, demos, rentals, lessons, camps and events. Trestle has hosted Enduro World Series events, US National Championships, and plenty of additional world class races and events over the years, and has a loyal and dedicated contingent who frequent this place while the lifts are spinning. The high altitude of over 11,000 is easy to feel, but the brilliant trails from top to bottom help to ease any pain caused by the lack of oxygen. Trestle Bike Park mountain biking trails
The Kokopelli trails straddle the border between Colorado and Utah, totalling over 150 miles of trail between the two states. The Loma, Colorado portion make up about half of that, with terrain varying from old jeep roads, to some pavement, to proper singletrack. Of course world famous trails like Horsethief Bench help to put Kokopelli on the map, but its work from the Grand Valley Canyons chapter of COPMOBA that have kept it there. The high desert landscape is riddled with mesas, and while the vertical relief tops out at just over 1,200 vertical feet, the punchy nature of the riding can make for quite a workout regardless of whether you're working with or against gravity.Kokopelli Loops mountain biking trails
Located in the heart of Steamboat Springs, Emerald Mountain offers up big mountain riding right from downtown. With over 50 miles of trail available and a vertical relief of just over 1,500 feet from top to bottom, Emerald is one of the Yampa Valley's premier regions for off road adventure. Routt County Riders
is the 501(c)3 responsible for these trails, and they have cemented themselves and mountain biking more broadly as an asset for the community by working closely with land managers and agencies throughout the region, which includes CDOT, Northwest Transportation Region, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Routt County, and the City of Steamboat Springs.Emerald Mountain biking trails
Yet another gem from the Grand Valley Canyons chapter of COPMOBA
, 18 Road in Fruita is a system of world class single-track mountain biking trails accessible directly from several adjoining campsites. The trail system and associated camping provide great opportunities to experience the diverse terrain of the high desert, western slope environment along the base of the Bookcliff Mountains. A favorite among photographers for the uncanny light early and late in the day, and among riders for the rapid and dusty flow throughout the network, 18 Road Trails offers several miles of riding among 36 trails, with a vertical drop of over 2,500 from the highest point in the network to the bottom of 18 Rd. 18 Road mountain biking trails