Guidebook

Bucket List Worthy: All 4 of Colorado’s IMBA Epic Rides

Hit all 4 of Colorado's IMBA Epics on one epic trip!

Greg Heil

Description

For years, IMBA’s list of “Epic” rides has inspired mountain bikers from around the world to pack their bags and travel to a far-flung locale to pedal a long, gnarly, challenging backcountry trail that was almost guaranteed to change your life. IMBA describes their epics as "immersive rides that are technically and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration.” These trails are so worthy of celebration that many mountain bikers have set a lifelong goal of completing all of the rides on IMBA’s list of Epics.

That goal could prove challenging, as the list continues to change over time. New trails are added almost every year due to the crowd-sourced nomination process, and occasionally old trails are removed. But the trails that remain are always worthy of exploration!

While many states—or even countries—can only claim to have a single Epic Ride, Colorado is home to an impressive four designated Epics. In this guidebook, we’ve rounded up all four Epics to form the perfect itinerary for your next Colorado getaway!

Source:
IMBA.com

Monarch Crest
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Monarch Crest

Salida
58.6 km
1,015 m
2,194 m
This epic trail provides high alpine ridge top riding at treeline with views for hundreds of miles in all directions, finishing with a ripping descent down the mountain.
Difficult
Private
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
Aspen Snowmass IMBA Epic Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aspen Snowmass IMBA Epic Loop

90.3 km
2,917 m
2,917 m
An incredible Mega Loop that's 95% on singletrack!
Difficult
Private
Colorado Trail: Silverton to Durango
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Colorado Trail: Silverton to Durango

Durango
117.4 km
3,280 m
4,464 m
The IMBA Epic portion of the Colorado Trail from Silverton to Durango.
Severe
Private