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.

Jesse Weber


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Flowing into a turn on top of North Table Mountain during golden hour. Rider: Ben F. Photo: Greg Heil

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Dropping off the top of North Table Mountain. Rider: Ben F. Photo: Greg Heil

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by Greg Heil

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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

What this popular trail network lacks in quality it makes up for in accessibility.

Apex Loop

A scenic climb to an action-packed downhill in the foothills just outside of Golden.

Dakota Ridge Loop

One of the most technical trails on the Colorado Front Range—an enduro rider's dream!