The riding in Colorado involves mostly high elevation riding – typically over 5,000 feet with some of the best rides in the 8,000-9,000 feet range, and some possibly over 10,000 feet! So, you need to be very conscious of the elevations regarding when the weather and snowpack will permit – and your fitness at the highest elevations. However, it provides a wide range of geographic and trail conditions, from the mesas near Grand Junction to the high alpine around Vail and southern Colorado. With the weather and snow conditions, probably the best time of year to ride Colorado is between April and October.

So far, my favourite region to ride in Colorado is the Fruita/Grand Junction area, with a preference to stay in the smaller and more quaint town of Fruita. But admittedly, I have mostly ridden the top and more northerly region of Colorado, with a brief excursion to southwestern Colorado in the Cortez/Durango region. However, I hope to return to Southern Colorado to ride regions around Gunnison, Crested Butte and Salida. See the map below for the regions I have ridden as circled in red, and the southern route I will take on this future trip. So, and as a result of not ridding the entire state, my list of the top 10 mountain biking trails for Colorado is not exhaustive of the options – I fully expect the best riding to be along the southern route.

Colorado Road Trip Map

The interesting thing about an excursion to the Fruita/Grand Junction region, is that the riding season is longer than most of the higher regions in the state, and also closer to nearby Moab, Utah as a region that you could also ride. Moab is only about 90 minutes from Fruita! Overall, my favourite trail in Colorado, so far, is the Palisade Plunge, but for the intermediate riders the Hawkeye trail in Fruita is also pretty special.

Top 10 MTB Trails in Colorado

57Rib CageCortezCOBlue5.35
47Pool-Ice RinkEagleCOBlue5.45
23Mack RidgeFruitaCOBlack6.08
31Moore FunFruitaCOBlack5.85
79Zippity Do DahFruitaCOBlack5.03
14The RibbonGrand JunctionCOBlack6.30
20Free LunchGrand JunctionCODouble Black6.10
36Holy CrossGrand JunctionCOBlack5.73
6Palisade PlungePalisadeCOBlack7.75
Top 10 MTB Trails in Colorado

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