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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +763/908 ft
Total: 478 riders

Mountain Biking Palmer Park

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#41 of 1,338 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#232 in the world

This place has trails for everyone. The park is surprisingly large despite its location in the center of town. The trails criss-cross every section of the park and can be combined for some really long rides. All the trails are well marked and are rated like ski slopes - green trails for beginners, blue for intermediates, and black diamonds for extreme riders. Lots of rocks, sand, and scrub brush. Many winding sections, rock drop offs, and great jumps. This trail is more technical in places than Ute Valley Park or other rides in town. A great place to ride after work or any time.

First added by Jeff Barber on Jun 18, 2003. Last updated Jul 28, 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
From Academy Blvd. (heading south) turn right on Maizeland Rd. An entrance to the park is on the right just past the ballfields also on the right. Palmer Park is almost right in the middle of town (north of the airport, south of Chapel Hills Mall).
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  • Jim Cummings

    I enjoyed a couple of hours riding in Palmer Park with a local so got to ride the best of it and avoid the rest of it. There are some wonderful natural technical features, mainly big chunky embedded rocks.

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  • Connor Armfield

    None of the trails are clearly marked. The trails that I was able to find were more suited to hiking than mountain biking. The were some technical sections but they weren't the fun kind of technical. They were rocky and slow. Also keep in mind that there is a lot of non-mountain bike traffic. I think if I spent a lot of time I might get to know the trails well enough to find something fun but there are too many other good options nearby. Would not recommend for anyone looking for downhill, or fun swoopy trails.

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  • tetontom

    Ride Palmer Park for the first time yesterday and was impressed at the quality of riding in the middle of the urban area. Sure, the trails could all use some maintenance and a little better signage, but this also adds a bit of adventure. These are not the super-buffed, super-signed Jeffco trails that I'm used to...
    I rode at 6pm on a weekday, and saw only 2 other bikers and maybe 10 hikers on a 7-mile loop. I'd call that pretty low use, considering the ease of access on all sides.

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  • Scott737   ✓ supporter

    Coming from SD, this is a bit challenging riding but fun! There are many extreme trails I didn't dare though. Had awesome time!

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  • mongwolf

    North side of Templeton is much better now. Just a few stretches of ice.

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  • MaureenBTrue

    Semi long stretches of uphill, challenging yet doable for beginners. Some easy to intermediate rock drops-or climbs. Very fun and is a hidden jewel in the center of the city!

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  • aviano

    Nice after work quick burn ride, too many non-riders taking advantage of open space - so let's light up..????, I hate smelling pot when I'm just looking for fresh altitude breeze.

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  • BillyTheKid12

    First...and possibly last time I'll ride Palmer Park. As others have mentioned, it's horribly marked (or not at all) and there's enough natural irrigation routes that make following the established trail difficult at times (where the trail isn't totally apparent). Finally, every high school stoner and then some seem to migrate to PP parking areas to light up...definitely not a fan. Overall meh...I'll look elsewhere unless I hook up with a local that knows the trail system.

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  • Andrew Marsh

    This trail is great when you can stay on it. whoever maintains the trail has done a horrible job with signage. I would not recommend riding this trial without someone who knows it well.

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  • Chris Barili

    Palmer Park is a bit of a conundrum. It's right in the city, the views are great, and there are miles of trails with all different surfaces and difficulties. But the trails are poorly marked and very poorly maintained. What should be a moderate trail often turns into a black diamond due to washouts, roots, and exposed boulders. There's only about 120-150 feet in elevation change, but the ascents are all pretty steep and really get the heart pounding. I start either at the baseball diamonds or at the Greencrest trailhead off Austin Bluffs and circle the park using Greencrest trail, Palmer Point, Cheyenne, Grandview, and a couple others, for a 7-mile loop. Much of this was very difficult on my full-rigid bike, but it was all doable with some pushing where things were too eroded or poorly maintained. Lots of sliprock and clay mud when it's wet. A VERY tough ride following rain or snow unless you're on a fatty, and even then it's pretty slick, from what I'm told. You'll have to beware of dogs off-leash, horses, and hikers, but most people are cool and polite. If you're looking for rock hopping, there are some seriously technical spots along Palmer Point trail, especially where it overlooks Greencrest. And this winter, someone decorated the trees along a stretch of tame trail with Christmas decor. This park is best ridden during summer and fall, IMHO, when it's dry. But I'll still be there whenever its warm enough this winter, since it's close to home.

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  • Brian87

    I have ever only taken the blue sections of this trial. With that being said, the blue section is fairly technical in areas. This trail can get really muddy after a rain storm and is made of a thick clay that will get stuck all over your bike. All in all this trail is fun to go ride every now and then.

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  • Russhole

    The main description says it's well marked, but half the time you don't know if you're on the trail or just a huge eroded section. Ultimately it doesn't matter 'cause you're basically on a small island. You can't get too lost. Overall the place is fun minus the hike-a-bike sections. Lots of technical over rocks and drops. We found one good downhill run with a pile of small jumps. It's a good place to take somone from out of town because the climbs aren't too big. I'll be back.

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  • Steve Harper

    Good single track as stated from other reviewers located in the heart of the city. Lots of rocks , roots, good views and technical areas. Trails are marked but easy to get lost I recommend driving around the park a bit before hitting the trails and strava helps. Fairly busy with bikes ,hikers etc. Lower rating is only due to I'm a fan of longer rides.

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  • snowjunkie7

    Lots of different trails are available, smooth, rocky, single tracks, and more. Make sure to stay on trail otherwise you will probably mess up your tires due to the cactus. Trails are marked, but does not classify if it's a bike trail or not so be careful because not all can be biked.

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  • J.A.T

    Definitely a cool place, with great scenery and a lot of fun mtb. trails. The degree to which you will like riding here probably larger depends on how much you like rocks. There are rocks everywhere, rock gardens, drops, rocks by themselves, and roots as well. Even many of the beginner trails will have a number or rocks and or small drops. My wife is a true beginner and I don't think she would have fun riding at Palmer Park. I ride a xc hardtail and have a blast challenging myself on most of the trails (though I do beat the heck out of my big chain-ring, and my body!) After awhile I start wishing for some faster smoother trails just to ad a little variety, but overall I have been having fun exploring the park and am grateful that we have it.

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  • mtnbikr1962

    Short ride, long ride, technical ride, nice single track, this place has it all. Love this place can just get on my bike and ride the 4.5 miles to get there.

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  • Thumpgrinder

    For it's location in the middle of town, it's accessible, ride-able for all levels, and brings something new every time you ride. Riding Palmer Park will give you some great jumps, fast and sweeping runs, technical rocks challenges, and overall a great experience. I cannot add much to the already well written reviews so I'll just say - "ride there!"

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  • ~Mountain Bike Addict~

    Awesome system right in town! Has easy, intermediate, and expert trails. Trust me when I say there's something for everyone here! Super technical sections, drop-offs, tight turns, some slickrock. On the easy trails you might run into a horse or two and definitely some road apples. You can easily spend all day here, if you have enough energy that is! Can get busy on warm weekends, some leash their dogs, watch out for loose dogs as well. Announce when you approach a blind corner, helps avoid collision.

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  • mongwolf

    Lots of gnar out there. Pretty much any rider can find something at Palmer to challenge himself or herself. Lots of stories of good riders breaking collar bones and hands.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Fantastic in-town trail system with some uber-technical sections. This is probably some of the most-accessible highly-technical riding you will find just about ANYWHERE. Bring all of your suspension and at least both of your balls. An extra pair might be warranted.

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