Guidebook

Ride the Rockies: Best Mountain Biking Near Denver

From after-work quickies to multi-day rides in the mountains, Denver has it all for mountain biking.

Description

Denver is one of America’s greatest cities for mountain biking. Set at the transition of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, the landscape offers an incredible diversity of terrain, while open spaces and national forests that surround offer unparalleled access. Beginners can learn on urban trails, doubletrack, and mellow singletrack close to town, or up in the mountains. Expert riders can find everything from gnarly descents to epic endurance rides, and intermediate riders can enjoy the whole spectrum in between.

Even this small sample of trails near Denver should give you an idea of the wide range of riding to be found here. This list of six rides contains after-work fun rides, an IMBA Epic, and the start of a multi-day bikepacking route across the Rockies. Though some of these trails are open to hiking, they are all extremely popular with mountain bikers. A strong community of riders helps keep them maintained for all to enjoy, so you can get out there and ride the mountains of Colorado.

North Table Mountain
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North Table Mountain

24.2 km
531 m
531 m
What this popular trail network lacks in quality it makes up for in accessibility.
Difficult
Private
Apex Loop

Apex Loop

Denver
10.9 km
472 m
472 m
A scenic climb to an action-packed downhill in the foothills just outside of Golden.
Severe
Private
Box-O-Rox Trail

Box-O-Rox Trail

Denver
6.5 km
232 m
232 m
A staple singletrack ride in the area, featuring an exciting rock garden near the bottom.
Difficult
Private
Dakota Ridge Loop
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Dakota Ridge Loop

Denver
12.4 km
387 m
387 m
One of the most technical trails on the Colorado Front Range—an enduro rider's dream!
Extreme
Private
Buffalo Creek IMBA Epic Loop
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Buffalo Creek IMBA Epic Loop

Buffalo Creek
39.2 km
878 m
878 m
A big loop of the most iconic trails at the popular Buffalo creek.
Moderate
Private
Colorado Trail: Denver to Buffalo Creek
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Colorado Trail: Denver to Buffalo Creek

62.6 km
2,328 m
1,476 m
The beginning of the iconic Colorado Trail runs for miles before being interrupted by a Wilderness area.
Difficult
Private