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Eight Best Bike Trails in Colorado's National Forests


In our 2012 post featuring ten Best of Denver bike rides, we showcased a number of locations chosen with mountain biking in mind.

Now, the National Forest Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Searvice, has upped the ante.

The organization recently posted about eight mountain bike rides not to miss when visiting Colorado's national forests, based on recommendations from Forest Service personnel.

Among the rides selected are two in Grand Mesa National Forest, where I just spent Labor Day weekend — and I can testify from personal experience that they are absolutely spectacular.


See all eight photo-illustrated selections below, accompanied by excerpts from NFF text. The bold subject lines link to pages specific to each trail. To see the original post, click here.

GOVERNMENT TRAIL — WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST

Located near Snowmass, Colorado this is a local favorite that takes riders up through beautiful Aspen Groves, drops them over roots and other technical features and leaves them wanting more! Government Trail provides an intermediate to expert singletrack experience from the eastern flanks of Snowmass Ski Area to the Tiehack side of Buttermilk Ski Area. 

BOREAS PASS — WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST


Looking for something a little more mellow? Try Boreas Pass as a great place to warm up for beginners with wide track that is also open to motorized use. At just under eight miles, it doesn’t contain anything too technical and has a gentle ascent with great views of the Tenmile Range.

MESA TOP TRAIL #714 — GRAND MESA NATIONAL FOREST

Take a ride through dense forest and open grassy flats, hug narrow benches clinging to the rim and snake through shimmering Aspen glades! The spectacular Mesa Top Trail atop of the world’s largest flat-top mountain is currently a three mile non-motorized single track that will soon connect with the popular Flowing Park Trail. Still in progress, the connectors will provide several looped trail options ranging from 6 to 28 miles.

INDIAN POINT #715 AND FLOWING PARK #715A TRAIL LOOP — GRAND MESA NATIONAL FOREST

At the rim of the Grand Mesa on Indian Point, you can experience one of the Grand Mesa’s most spectacular views. On a clear day, Kannah Creek Basin, the La Sal Mountains, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and the Grand Valley can all be seen. A trail for intermediates and experts, the Indian Point trail meanders through oak brush/sage, snowberry/serviceberry and aspen/fir forests on the way to Indian Point.

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