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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Fatbike (Accessible in winter only)
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +189/ -178 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Monarch Park

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#862 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#9,475 in the world

During the summer, this is national forest campground in a basin/valley below the highway. There's a short gravel road (road 231) leading to the campground that would be bike-legal during the summer, but really this place wouldn't be worth a summer trip. However, during the winter, the snowmobiles take over and pack in a large, unmarked network of winter trails in and around this area. If you want to explore those trails, there's miles of riding to be done!
However, this place is also a great spot for an intro to fat biking. The basic road, 231, leading to the campground has a slight grade to it, but it's wide, a very mild climb, and offers great views of the surrounding area. While the basic road isn't very long, this is a great spot to dip your toes into fat biking if you're not really sure what to expect.

First added by Greg Heil on Mar 14, 2014. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Drive west of Salida on Hwy 50 towards the top of Monarch Pass. Monarch Park is on the left about 2-3 miles before you reach the top of the pass.
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Snow: packed (on Mar 13, 2014)
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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This is a very scenic, easy-to-ride spot that can serve as a great intro to fat biking. However, if you want to log some big mileage, this isn't the best spot unless you're down with exploring unmarked snowmobile trails.

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