Mountain Biking in Central Colorado
Home to over 1000 miles of scenic trails.

The towns of Central Colorado are minutes from the best biking trails and roads in the Colorado Rockies. The variety of trails, year-round riding, and scenic beauty make Central Colorado one of the top biking areas in the nation. Local trails and roads offer rides suitable for the entire family, as well as adventure seekers looking for the ultimate biking challenge.

The mountain biking season begins early each year. Mountain trails begin opening up in April. The season doesn't end until the snow muddies the trails in late October. 

Central Colorado offers fat trackers more than 1,000 miles of scenic trails to ride. Many roads in the region are designated as Scenic Byways and are very popular among road biking enthusiasts. Whether you're fat tracking or road biking you will find spectacular vistas in this region of majestic mountains, broad plateaus, rugged canyons, crystal clear streams, and scenic mountain lakes.

Mountain Biking in Central Colorado

Featured Bike Shops in Central Colorado

Absolute Bikes - Salida Colorado

Absolute Bikes

Absolute Bikes is a year-around, full-service bicycle shop. We don't switch out our cycling goods for skis and snowboards when the "season" is over. For us, the season is all year. We ride all year, and we serve customers who want to be able to visit a bike shop all year.

Our staff ride all kinds of bikes. Some commute, some race, some circle Salida's numerous dirt pump tracks, some ride road, some ride dirt--but most of us would check All of the Above when filling out a survey about our riding habits. We work at a shop, this shop, because we love bikes and riding bikes.

Open Monday thru Sunday, 9AM to 7PM, reserve your rental bike today by calling 719-539-9295


Bike Shops in Central Colorado

Absolute Bikes, 330 West Sackett, Salida, CO 81201. 719-539-9295
Alpine Bike & Ski, 28226 West US Highway 160, South Fork, CO 81154. 719-873-2495
The Trailhead, 707 US Highway 24 North, Buena Vista, 81211. 719-395-8001

Bike Shuttle Service

High Valley Bike Shuttle, 6250 US Highway 285, Poncha Springs, CO 81242. 800-871-5145

Find Central Colorado Mountain Biking Trails.

Mountain Biking Trails in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. This includes the Buena Vista, Fairplay, Leadville, and Salida areas.

Salida Mountain Trails

The Colorado Trail

Arkansas Valley Mountain Biking

Arkansas Valley Mountain Biking

From Leadville to Salida to Fairplay, Arkansas Valley Mountain Biking presents 58 of the best mountain bike routes in Colorado's Arkansas Valley and South Park. With rides ranging from effortless rambles along quiet scenic roads to hair-raising single-track, this new book presents routes for cyclists of all abilities. Compiled in a concise, easy-to-follow format, this guide makes it easy for you to roll into miles of fat tire bliss. Each route is fully documented with mileage logs, elevation graphs, GPS coordinates, trailside amenities, alternate route options, and simple directions to the trailhead. In addition, you'll find comprehensive coverage for Leadville, Twin Lakes, Granite, Buena Vista, Nathrop, St. Elmo, Poncha Springs, Salida, Fairplay, Como, and the Monarch Crest. Included for each area are interesting historical facts and other useful tips for visiting mountain bikers, such as information on climate, safety, and a list of local resources. Packed with highly detailed topographic maps, there is also free Web access to GPS route data and satellite images for every route. Whether you seek the celestial lung-busters of Leadville, the screaming jeep-tracks of Buena Vista, or the sublime single-track of the Monarch Crest, Salida, and South Park, this new guide gives you everything you need.

Colorado Biking Trails

Mountain Biker's Guide to Colorado

Thousands of miles of world-class trails and jaw-dropping scenery make Colorado a mountain biking paradise. With coverage of all the best rides in the state - from crazy descents of jagged peaks to quick afternoon rides for the whole family - The Mountain Biker's Guide to Colorado makes it easy to plan your next trip. Full-color photos, detailed maps, elevation profiles, and turn-by-turn directions mean less time lost in the woods and more time riding. Consistent technical and physical difficulty ratings let you choose the perfect ride, from a gentle Sunday cruise to an all-day epic. For before and after the ride, the book also includes tips on local camping, hotels, and restaurants.


General Backcountry Safety--This training program was prepared by Charley Shimanski of the Mountain Rescue Association Education Committee. It is an introductory course in backcountry safety for those with little or no experience in mountainous and backcountry terrain. This file is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (All backcountry recreationalists should read this. It could save your life in an emergency.)