Ride Crested Butte

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Crested Butte can claim to be the center of the mountain biking universe with the invention of what locals called the “Klunker” in the early 1970’s.  At that time, the only real paved street in Crested Butte was Elk Avenue, with side streets full of pot holes.  The “Klunker” bike was an older large bike with larger tires to enable …

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Grand Mesa

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In our backyard sits the Grand Mesa, the largest flat topped mountain in the world at an area of about 500 square miles.  Located just 35 miles north west of Montrose and 40 miles east of Grand Junction, the mesa sits about 10,000 feet in elevation.  With over 300 lakes and reservoirs makes the Grand Mesa a four season recreational …

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Ride Telluride

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Telluride is famous for skiing, however summer brings out mountain bikers to explore the western San Juan Mountains. The town of Telluride provides access to challenging trails from town, as well as access to the Telluride Ski Resort trail system. The free gondola cabins have been outfitted with bike racks in the summer which provides residents and visitors a ride …

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Gunnison Area, Hartman Rocks

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The Gunnison area has multiple options for single track, in two basic areas, the Hartman Rocks and the University regions.  The Hartman Rocks group of trails provide 40 miles of singletrack trails and an additional 33 miles of open road for biking.  Opportunities for recreation include biking, hiking and trail running.  There are also a new adaptive hand cycling trails …

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Ridgway Area Trails

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Ridgway Area Trails are located south of Montrose off of Highway 550. The foundation of the Ridgeway Area Trails is the RAT Group. RAT has been dedicated to founding and supporting mountain bike trails in the Ridgway area. RAT is a local champter of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. Working with the town of Ridgway, Ouray County, …

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Paradox Trail

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The Paradox Trail (110 miles) is the result of the 1995 collaboration between the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, the Montrose West Recreation Inc. the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. This trail traverses the Uncompahgre Plateau westward into Utah. The route links two long distant trails, the Tabeguache Trail and the Kokopelli Trail creating a …

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Tabeguache Trail

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The Tabeguache (TAB-a-watch) Trail stretches from the Shavano Valley, trail head about 9 miles from downtown Montrose to the No Thoroughfare Canyon at the Colorado National Monument just outside of Grand Junction. The trail is over 140 miles in length and takes several days to complete. Most of the trail is not maintained or patrolled by the BLM or USFS, …

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Ride Montrose

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The Montrose area has multiple options for the Bike Rider, from the heights of the Uncompahgre Plateau to the pinion- sagebrush of the Gunnison Gorge NCA. Biking in Montrose has options including the Uncompahgre River Way Trail, Sunset Mesa Trail Complex, and the many bike/walk trails within the City. Enchanted Forest (Montrose, Sunset Mesa) Cretaceous View (Montrose, Sunset Mesa) Laurie’s …

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Mountain Biking: Gunnison Gorge NCA

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Access to the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area for Mountain Biking in the “Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area” is found north-east of Montrose. Turn east from Highway 50 north of Montrose, on Falcon Road for three miles to the end of the pavement and on to Peach Valley Road. At the Falcon Road intersection with Highway 50, there is …

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Mountain Biking: Uncompahgre Plateau

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The Uncompahgre Plateau is a forested area to the south-west of Montrose. Access from town starts by driving on West Main Street, bearing right at the fork with Chipeta Drive, and you are on State Highway 90. Continuing on Highway 90 to the top of Spring Creek Mesa. The Highway zigs and zags through rural housing and scattered farmland. Just …