Guidebook

The 4 Flowiest Rides in Salida, Colorado

Discover Salida's new flowy side!

Description

Salida’s trail system never stays stagnant and, instead, continues to grow and change as the years roll on. While part of this growth is an increase of the sheer mileage of trails available in this incredible mountain biking destination, another aspect of the growth is an expansion in the mountain biking experiences available in the trail system.

One of the newest mountain bike trail experiences to take the world by storm is the flow trail. Originally popularized by the construction of A-Line in the Whistler Bike Park, machine-built flow trails have now spread to all corners of the planet. In order to be a true mountain bike destination in 2020, it seems like you have to have at least one high-quality downhill flow trail as one of your trail offerings.

Salida Mountain Trails—the multi-use trail building and maintenance organization responsible for the incredible network of singletrack accessible from downtown Salida—has embraced the rise of the flow trail. The efforts they’ve expended in the quest of the perfect flow trail went through many phases, and eventually culminated in Solstice—what is now, at the time of this writing, hands-down the best flow trail in the Arkansas Valley and arguably one of the best in Colorado.

While Solstice is easily the best flow trail in Salida, the other efforts built over the years were by no means shabby! In this guidebook, you'll find details for the 4 flowiest rides in the Salida Mountain Trails network, all of which provide a delightful berm and jump-filled mountain biking experience.

Notably absent from this guidebook is the flowy Chicken Dinner trail, due to the chunk required to access it. But if you’re interested in riding Chicken Dinner, you can, of course, add that in as well.

Salida is no longer just a rocky, technical mountain biking destination—it now offers some of the best flow riding in the state!

Sol Train West -> Solstice Loop
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Sol Train West -> Solstice Loop

Salida
12.9 km
301 m
302 m
With the addition of Solstice, Salida finally boasts a true downhill flow trail!
Moderate
Private
Sol Train East -> Lost Trail Figure-8
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Sol Train East -> Lost Trail Figure-8

Salida
21.8 km
405 m
405 m
A flow ride with perfect berms and jumps up high, and tougher natural features down low.
Difficult
Private
Spartan Loop
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Spartan Loop

Salida
8.7 km
149 m
147 m
Salida's flowiest, most beginner-friendly loop offers up gorgeous mountain views.
Easy
Private
Arkansas Hills Flow Ride
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Arkansas Hills Flow Ride

Salida
13.6 km
341 m
341 m
Get into a flow state on the newest singletrack trails in the Arkansas Hills Trail System!
Moderate
Private