Guidebook

Denver’s Favorite Front Range MTB Hotspot: Buffalo Creek

Buffalo Creek is one of the Colorado Front Range's go-to mountain biking trail systems, with loops and trails for every type of rider.

Description

Located a mere one-hour drive from downtown Denver, Buffalo Creek is the bonafide “get out of the city and go ride” location for the population of 2.9 million people living in the metro area. Add in the millions of other residents in nearby Colorado Springs and Boulder, and this trail system can get busy. Thankfully, this expansive network of trails offers numerous loops to spread riders out, and COMBA continues to expand the system through the construction of new trails.

Convenience and sheer mileage aren’t even the main reasons that Buffalo Creek is so popular. Instead, the incredibly high quality of the singletrack is the main attraction. Most riders on Colorado’s Front Range consider Buffalo Creek the go-to destination for flowy, swoopy, buffed-out singletrack, hence the nickname “Buff Creek.” This classic trail system has long been popular with cross country-style mountain bikers, but just about anybody that rides a bike will have a great time on the trails at Buffalo Creek. The stunning singletrack found here has earned Buffalo Creek the coveted IMBA Epic designation.

With the addition of trails like Blackjack and Little Scraggy, Buffalo Creek is no longer just a hardtail paradise. Riders on long-travel enduro rigs will find as much challenge as they can stomach on Blackjack’s intimidating rock rolls and drops.

Whatever type of mountain biking you enjoy, you’ll find a home in the Buffalo Creek Trail System!

Buffalo Creek IMBA Epic Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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
Little Scraggy Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Little Scraggy Loop

Buffalo Creek
38.6 km
815 m
815 m
New school flow combines with Buffalo Creek's classic granite rocks and beautiful views to create the popular Little Scraggy Loop.
Difficult
Private
Blackjack Loop

Blackjack Loop

Buffalo Creek
26.2 km
657 m
657 m
Drop into fully-committed double black diamond rock features on the Blackjack Trail.
Extreme
Private
Colorado Trail: Denver to Buffalo Creek
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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
Buck Gulch -> Strawberry Jack Loop

Buck Gulch -> Strawberry Jack Loop

Buffalo Creek
11.9 km
398 m
398 m
Access the Buffalo Creek trail system from an underutilized trailhead.
Moderate
Private
Sandy Wash Loop

Sandy Wash Loop

Buffalo Creek
22.8 km
483 m
483 m
The quickest way to ride the classic Sandy Wash descent.
Moderate
Private