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Mountain Biking in Colorado
Mountain Biking on the Flat Tops. Colorado is world renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Biking in a State Park, National Park or National Monument is an excellent way to experience colorado. There are hundreds of paved and unpaved roads suitable for tour bikes. Jeep roads, trails and single tracks accommodate mountain bikes. Colorado bicycling provides access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the state.

Description - Challenge yourself by going up a jeep road. Feel the adrenaline rush as you speed down a single track dodging rocks and logs along the way.

Be prepared for cool evenings and hot days. Sunscreen is a must to protect you from the intense sun, particularly at high elevations. Also be prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and accompanying lightning which are a regular occurrence in the mountains in July and August.

Carry lots of water as the climate is very dry. Be sure that someone knows where you are.

Be extremely courteous to hikers, horseback riders and other bikers. Yield to all foot and hoof traffic.

Attractions - Most of the state's mountain bike routes are located in its vast public lands managed by the US Forest Service. The San Juan in the South Western corner of the state offers excellent experiences in the rugged San Juan Mountains. The nearby Rio Grande also offers adventures in the San Juan Mountains as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The massive Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison has numerous trails in the San Juan and Elk Mountains as well as on the world's largest mesa. The Pike and San Isabel has opportunities in the Sangre de Cristo, Collegiate and southern Front Range mountains. The White River offers experiences in the spectacular Elk and Gore ranges as well as the Flat Tops region. The Arapaho and Roosevelt offers opportunities in the northern Front Range mountains. Finally, the Routt has trails in the northern part of the state.

Few states can boast the outdoor resources around the Denver metro area alone. Chatfield and Cherry Creek state parks have it all -- reservoirs for boating, sailing and fishing, horse rentals, sandy beaches, marinas and miles of hiking and bicycling trails as well as diverse ecosystems offering unique opportunities for resource education.

Mueller State Park offers visitors 12,000 acres of unspoiled open space -- observe elk and the majestic bighorn sheep in their natural surroundings as you explore 85 miles of trails. This area is popular for mountain biking.

National Parks and Monuments National Forests State Parks
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Colorado
Dinosaur
Florissant Fossil Beds
Great Sand Dunes
Hovenweep
Mesa Verde
Rocky Mountain
Arapaho and Roosevelt
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison
Pike and San Isabel
Rio Grande
Routt
San Juan
White River
Arkansas Headwaters
Barbour Ponds
Barr Lake
Bonny
Boyd Lake
Castlewood Canyon
Chatfield
Cherry Creek
Crawford
Eldorado
Eleven Mile
Golden Gate
Harvey Gap
Highline
Jackson Lake
Lake Pueblo
Lathrop
Lory
Mancos
Mueller
Navajo
North Sterling
Paonia
Pearl Lake
Picnic Rock
Ridgway
Rifle Falls
Rifle Gap
Roxborough
San Luis Lakes
Spinney Mountain
Stagecoach
Sweitzer Lake
Sylvan Lake
Trinidad Lake
Vega

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Colorado Springs
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Eagle
Estes Park
Fairplay
Fort Collins
Glenwood Springs
Granby/Grand
Grand Junction
Gunnison
Leadville
Montrose
Ouray
Pagosa Springs
Pueblo
Rifle
Salida
Silverton
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South Fork
Steamboat Springs
Summit County
Telluride
Vail
Winter Park
Yampa

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