Attracting cyclists, mountain bikers and road bikers of all kind, Boulder is the epicenter of Colorado's mountain region’s cycling world. Whether you are looking a quiet ride with gorgeous scenery, a thrilling challenge on a mountain trail or to beat your best time on your favorite route, Boulder’s many bike paths and cycling routes are second to none.
Boulder Creek Path
This heavily travel path is popular with outdoorsy people and especially bike commuters. The picturesque 7 miles stretch connects east Boulder, just over 55th, all the way through downtown and out west to Eden G. Fine Park. Popular with tourists and residents, many people use this path regularly, so be sure to stay in your lane and keep your head up for oncoming traffic!
Boulder to Jamestown - Currently Closed as of May 7th, 2014
Just recently reopened, this gorgeous and highly popular route for intermediate and elite cyclists, is once again closed. (Insert sad face with a tear!) However, once the flood recovery is finished, this 23 mile round trip will again be the hot spot for local road cyclists. Be sure to check out BoulderCounty.org for updates of the reopening.
This is an amazing place for all kinds of outdoor adventures, but especially for mountain bikers. Mountain biking is only allowed in the preserve from Sunday to Tuesday of each week. Although this rule is kind of quirky, it’s understandable due to the popularity of the trails and for safety reasons. Offering mountain biking terrain that ranges from moderate to difficult, beginners and novices will want to stick to easier routes before attempting the Betasso Link. According to their website, access to Betasso via Four Mile Canyon is currently closed. However, you can still pick it up off Boulder Canyon Drive just before the tunnel.
Known for being a simple, quick and gorgeous ride, the climb to NCAR is the perfect place to enjoy your passion for cycling. Especially great for novice and beginner riders, the short distance to the top offers just enough of a challenge to leave you feeling exhilarated and proud of your accomplishment. For the elite, this quick and easy ride is perfect when you don’t have time for anything else. A definite must for all of Boulder’s cycling community.
Heil Valley Ranch
An extraordinary area for mountain biking, Heil Valley Ranch sits just outside of Lyons, Colorado and features valleys, picturesque vistas and forest meadows. Currently Lichen Loop and Wapiti Trail are the only trails closed, so the next time you want to ride, be sure to check out Picture Rock Trail, Ponderosa Loop or Wild Turkey Trail.
Boulder to Hygiene
Another classic ride for Boulder cyclists, which is in great shape, is the route from Boulder out to Hygiene via 63rd. Dubbed the Fruit Loop, this route is perfect for those wanting a moderate ride with a bit of a length! Slightly over 40 miles round trip, this route is perfect for those days when it’s too cold to go in the mountains or you are just looking for a bit of an easier ride.
Valmont Bike Park
This park is brand new and the best place if you like to hit jumps and sweet ramps! The man made terrain is groomed and well maintained and makes it a great alternative if some of your favorite mountain biking trails are closed or too muddy. Located on Valmont in between 55th and Foothills Parkway, this park is popular with extreme sports lovers and the elite competition riders, plus its right next to the dog park!
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