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Cotopaxi Bike Park is one of the best places to ride a mountain bike in the country of Ecuador! This small but mighty bike park features expertly-built trails ripping through the thick forest of a pine plantation.
These well-maintained trails are a welcome breath of fresh air compared to some of the rugged, washed-out trails found further out in the backcountry in Ecuador. The run shown here, connecting Lobo Tatoo to Proximamente, is a black diamond run that's widely regarded as the best run in the bike park.
Now, take the trail rating with a grain of salt: this run isn't all that difficult on a global scale, and thus it only earns a "Difficult" FATMAP rating, or 3 out of 5. Even though it might not be all that difficult, this run is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Fantastic flowy berms link together endless jumps (many of which are small doubles scattered throughout the trail).
You'll also send it over a series of larger tabletops and have the option to hit a series of wooden drops.
The wooden drops vary in size, with some offering fairly substantial air time—but all can be avoided. Lower down, you have the option to hit a big set of double jumps, along with a massive wooden drop.
These are the biggest jumps at the bike park and can be easily avoided if you're not interested. For a final jump hit, a new set of tabletops was recently constructed near the restaurant at the base area (as of the time of this writing, at the end of 2023). Cotopaxi Bike Park is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
It costs $10 to enter the bike park, and if you don't want to pedal to the top, shuttle runs cost an additional $5 per shuttle, split between all the occupants of the truck.
The truck can comfortably fit 4 people.
They also offer a great restaurant at the base area for snacks and lunch, a bike wash, bathrooms, and a few expertly-built jump lines.