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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Fatbike (Accessible in winter only)
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +320/ -316 ft
Total: 1 riders

Mountain Biking Monarch Mountain Ski Area

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#723 of 1,355 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#7,395 in the world

Monarch Ski Area is an operating ski area all winter long. That said, it's on national forest land, so there's no reason you can't fat bike here... especially when the lifts aren't running. As an added bonus, there's a relatively easy way to reach the top of the mountain by pedaling up the highway, turning right onto the snow on Old Monarch Pass Road, merging onto the green runs when the road hits the edge of the rest, and then follow the easiest slope to the top of the mountain. Once there, you can traverse to the other side, or pick one of the runs before you get there. The choice is yours!!

First added by Greg Heil on Dec 9, 2014. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Ski slopes, even supposedly-mellow green ones, feel REALLY steep when you're flying down them on a fat bike! I don't recommend riding here when the lifts are spinning but when they aren't, there's tons of fat bike exploration to do!

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