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Bikepacking in Colorado

Kokopelli Trail

Kokopelli’s Trail is a 142-mile multi-use trail that starts in Loma, CO (just a few miles NW of Fruita) and ends on Sand Flats Road in Moab, UT where it passes by Porcupine Rim and Slickrock trails, among others. Kokopelli Trail

Continental Divide Trail

This epic trail is roughly 3,000 miles long and stretches across the Rockies from Canada to Mexico. Continental Divide Trail

Colorado Trail (CTR)

Stretching nearly 500 miles from Denver to Durango, the Colorado Trail cuts through the heart of the Rockies and features some the most challenging – and beautiful – singletrack you can imagine. Colorado Trail

Bikepacking Articles

Types of Bikepacking

Credit-card touring

Credit-card touring means paying for food and lodging along the way at motels, B & Bs, hostels, or cafes. And, aside from clothes and bike equipment, the most important item to pack on a credit-card tour is, well, a valid credit card.

Supported touring

Supported touring typically involves an organized itinerary with food and camp accommodations shuttled from stop to stop by a private company. Supported tours are either bare bones or pampered affairs with a wide range of corresponding prices. Generally, though, cyclists only carry a minimal amount of gear while cycling, equating to fast paces and long daily distances.

Self-supported touring

In self-supported touring, a cyclist carries everything that’s needed to get by day to day. This involves cooking, camping, heavier loads of gear, a slower pace, and sturdy bike frames.

Bikepacking

Bikepacking is a relatively new style of touring that’s quickly gaining in popularity. Bikepackers take an ultra-light, ultra-mobile approach to self-supported touring. In turn, this approach uses minimalist camping gear and either a mountain or cyclocross bike. Frame bags and light loads are the rule, giving bikepackers the low-profile agility needed to ride the worst backcountry roads and trails.

Bikepacking: How to Get Started

Bikepacking or, backpacking by bike, is a fun choice for cycling buddies, couples or even families who ride together. It lets you cover more miles than hiking plus you can access dirt roads and trails that are inaccessible to other vehicles.

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