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Level: Intermediate
Length: 535 mi (861 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +23,055/ -24,051 ft
Total: 294 riders
 

Mountain Biking Colorado Trail

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#3 of 1,377 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#5 in the world

Amazing singletrack, killer views, and lung busting elevation - what more could you ask for? Portions of the Colorado Trail are off limits to bikes so you'll need to detour around each of the 6 designated wilderness areas. Many day trip routes are available and connecting trails abound.

First added by Jeff Barber on Aug 19, 2010. Last updated Jan 7, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Multiple trailheads around the state, click one of the individual segment listings above to get directions to a particular staring point. From Denver, start off S. Platte Canyon Rd.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Durango, Colorado

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Rider questions

Q: Heading to CT for my first time this weekend. Any suggestions on where's the best to start at?
A: If you're just planning to ride a section (as in, day-trippable), I say start with the section that goes through Buffalo Creek: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/colorado-trail-green-mountain.html This section is super convenient to Denver too which might be helpful. Another easily-accessible section starts at Kenosha pass at US 285: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/colorado-trail-kenosha-to-breckenridge.html If you're closer to the Durango end, the Molas Pass section starting at US 550 is killer with plenty of riding above treeline: http://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/colorado-trail-molas-pass-to-bolam-pass-rd.html

Q: Can someone point me to fast/flowy sections of the trail? So far I've done part of Buffalo Creek (the non-CO sections were more to my taste), Kenosha to Breck (too technical until Middle or North Fork Swan River then awesome into town!), and Monarch Crest (epic!!)?
A: The terminus section in Durango is definitely fast and flowy, though it's steeper than the other sections you mentioned. There are a couple ways you can loop this part: start at the Dry Fork trailhead and ride up Hoffheins to the CO trail and back down the Dry Fork trail. Or, start at the end of the CO trail off road 204 and ride up the road to the intersection with Log Chutes 2 for a bombing descent!