Mountain Biking & Road Biking Near Estes Park
From road biking in Rocky Mountain National Park, to 4WD roads and single track in surrounding National Forests, great mountain biking opportunities are all around Estes Park.
- Trail Ridge Road was recently repaved and makes for incredibly smooth downhill cruising (about 25 miles worth from the top of the Continental Divide).
- Lake Estes Bike Path - an easy 3.75 mile loop around Lake Estes
- Devils Gulch to Dry Gulch - an intermediate 9 mile loop starting near the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, and following McGregor Ranch Road/Devils Gulch to H Bar G Rd, then Dry Gulch back to Hwy 34 in Estes Park. The views back to the Continental Divide are spectacular.
Winter roads in Rocky Mountain National Park open first to bikers in April before opening to cars for the season. You can have Old Fall River road (dirt), and Trail Ridge Road (paved) all to yourself in the spring!
Although all 4WD roads are open to bikes, not all hiking trails allow bikes. Locals favorite multi-use trails for mountain biking are:
- Crosier Mountain out of Glen Haven
- Pole Hill near Hermit Park
- Halls Ranch out of Lyons
Estes Park Mountain Shop has bike rentals and repair, and knowledgeable staff who bike the trails every chance they get. They can help you find routes to match your ability and desire.
June 11-17, 2016 is the Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour in Colorado. This year's route overnights in Grand Lake June 15th, and riders go up and over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on Day 5, overnighting in Estes Park on June 16th. The race finishes the next day at Odell Brewery in Fort Collins. With pro riders from around the world, this is a fun spectacle to watch.
For a road bike trip of a lifetime, plan to take part in the Bicycle Tour of Colorado each June. 2016 Tour starts and ends in Montrose and goes through Ouray, Durango, and Telluride. Limited to 1500 riders. This is a 7 day, fully supported bicycle tour in the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains.