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Biking in Winter Park and Grand County

Fat tires or skinny? Many serious cyclists have both mountain bikes and road bikes in their garage. In Grand County, depending on your mood, you can bust down rocky, single track on your mountain bike or hop on your road bike to cruise down the highway and climb steep mountain passes. Families can ride paved trails or rolling jeep trails. Did you know you can even go fat-tire bike riding on the snow in Grand County? Whenever, wherever  and how ever you choose, Winter Park has biking options for you.

Winter Park Mountain Biking Trails

Winter Park and the Fraser Valley are home to more than 600 miles of cross country trails and two downhill bike parks. No wonder it’s known as Mountain Bike Capital USA™. Born from logging and tunnel construction roads, these Jeep roads were transformed into a network of trails for mountain biking. Singletrack trails were soon added. A network of trails radiates through Grand County, with many perfect for families and adventure-seekers alike.

Mountain biking trails we recommend:

  • Trestle Bike Park – Those seeking an adrenaline rush should not miss Winter Park’s Trestle Bike Park with more than 40 miles and 2,000 vertical feet of trails. Jumps and obstacles are part of the fun. Ride the chair lift to the top.
  • Granby Ranch – Featuring downhill, cross-country and family biking trails with a chair lift to the top, Granby Ranch’s looping cross-country trails will take you all around the mountain. The bike park offers seven trails for beginners and intermediates to work on their skills.
  • Snow Mountain Ranch – Offering 5,000 acres and 45 miles of marked double and single track trails, there is something for everyone.
  • Devil’s Thumb – Explore Devil’s Thumb’s 6,000 acres on a mountain bike. Ride through open meadows with vistas of the surrounding peaks or cruise the single track.

Good bike trails for families:

  • Fraser River Trail – This paved trail goes from Winter Park Resort five miles to the stoplight in Fraser.
  • Granby Trail – This dirt path connects to the Fraser River Trail traveling from Fraser to Granby Ranch.
  • Snow Mountain Ranch – The easiest trails are a good place for families to try out this sport for the first time.

For more information about trails, pick up a free copy of The Official Mountain Bike & Trail Guide Grand Countywhich has a color-coded map that shows degree of difficulty, trailhead locations, and distance of trails.

Road Cycling in Winter Park

Grand County’s roads take you through gorgeous scenery and up thrilling passes. Whether you are looking for a relaxing ride or a strenuous workout, you will find it here.

Road cycling trails we recommend:

  • Ride County Road 5 from Fraser to Snow Mountain Ranch to avoid the traffic on US Highway 40.
  • Take US Highway 40 ride to Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs or Kremmling for rolling terrain with wide shoulders. Or turn onto US Highway 34 and ride into Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Trail Ridge Road is an epic 28-mile ride to Rock Cut that offers challenging switchbacks and steep climbs at elevations that reach more than 12,000 feet above sea level.
  • The 11-mile ride up Berthoud Pass is a steep, challenging ride noted for heavy traffic.

No matter your level of bike riding expertise, the bicycle friendly businesses in Grand County are here to welcome and support you. Need more fun things to do in Winter Park this summer? Pick up our free seasonal guide in town!

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