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Lake Pueblo State Park serves as an ultra-popular Front Range ride in the spring, winter, and fall (to a lesser extent).
When most other places are wet, cold, or snowy, Pueblo somehow manages to stay relatively warm and dry.
The trails at Lake Pueblo State Park, commonly referred to as “Pueblo Reservoir,” provide a tale of two different types of riding.
The trails here provide either long, rolling cross country trails that are perfect for miles and miles of pedaling, or short, steep, ultra-technical drops perfect for honing your bike handling skills.
There isn’t much in between.
The route mapped here showcases the technical descents at the Reservoir. Thanks to Pueblo’s unique climate, these steep, technical descents provide the perfect place to knock the rust off of your bike handling skills in the springtime.
These technical trails run down the canyons on the eastern side of the network.
The singletrack is dry and filled with rocks, ledge drops, rock gardens, and… more rocks.
In places, wooden bridges have been built to provide steep rollers and to help set you up for a variety of optional features.
“Laps” is the name of the game on Pueblo’s tech trails.
The runs are short and steep, requiring you to pedal back up the hill to try a different trail.
The series of loops mapped here provides a recommended route to make a few runs through the system, but you can complete as many or as few as you’d like.
The route mapped here strives to optimize the downhill tech, and ascend the climbing-friendly trails.
Not every trail will be good for climbing back up the hillside… unless you happen to enjoy carrying your bike.
At the time of this writing, controversy is brewing around the trails in and around Lake Pueblo State Park.
It’s possible that some of the trails here could be closed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as they were never authorized in the first place.
However, many of the trails here were indeed authorized and approved.
Adding to the complexity is a groundswell of resistance from local trail users who are protesting the possible closure of the trails.
The upshot is that the exact network of trails in this area might change, but despite potential changes, you’ll still be able to enjoy a fun, technical ride at Pueblo Reservoir! Sources: https://www.chieftain.com/news/20190504/group-objects-to-closing-trails-at-lake-pueblo