Guidebook

The 5 Most Technical MTB Trails in the Arkansas Valley

If it was easy, it'd be called "sitting on the couch eating potato chips" not "mountain biking."

Description

Colorado’s Arkansas Valley has acquired a reputation as a true enduro mountain biking paradise. While classic big mountain epics, such as the Monarch Crest, have long attracted riders with an affinity for lengthy, technical downhills, the profile of the valley for technical mountain biking has only grown in recent years.

The increase in the popularity of enduro mountain biking in the Ark Valley is partially due to local enduro races, like the Monarch Crest Enduro and the Salida Mountain Funduro, held by Chocolate Bunny Productions. But more than mere events, the local trails have transformed rapidly over the past five years.

Two of the top enduro trails—Vitamin B and Gutz—were locals-only routes for the longest time, but they’ve both been legalized in the last two years. In addition to old social trails joining the sanctioned trail system, a bevy of brand-new technical trails have been built in the last two years. From Unchained and Camp Elevation in Buena Vista to Hooligan and El Duderino in Salida, the opportunities for technical mountain biking in the Arkansas Valley have never been better!

In this guidebook, you’ll find the top 5 tech trails that the Arkansas Valley has to offer. Go forth and shred the gnar!

Vitamin B
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Vitamin B

Buena Vista
20.3 km
619 m
619 m
One of the most brutally-technical and high-consequence mountain bike trails in Central Colorado.
Extreme
Private
Monarch Crest -> Green's Creek
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Monarch Crest -> Green's Creek

Salida
33.8 km
280 m
1,461 m
Green's Creek is the most relentlessly-technical singletrack trail dropping off of the Monarch Crest, making it a favorite of enduro racers.
Severe
Private
Arkansas Hills Tech Ride: Unkle Nazty and Sand Dunes
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Arkansas Hills Tech Ride: Unkle Nazty and Sand Dunes

Salida
12.6 km
433 m
433 m
A rowdy collection of the original tech trails in the Arkansas Hills.
Extreme
Private
Arkansas Hills Tech Ride: El Duderino and Hooligan
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Arkansas Hills Tech Ride: El Duderino and Hooligan

Salida
12.5 km
408 m
408 m
New school tech-gnar to challenge even the best of mountain bikers.
Extreme
Private
Camp Elevation -> Unchained Lollipop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Camp Elevation -> Unchained Lollipop

Salida
28.3 km
539 m
539 m
Freshly-built tech-gnar constructed in 2019 that's sure to punish you.
Extreme
Private