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Fort Collins and Loveland Mountain Biking: Colorado

Mountain Biking in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colorado

Mountain Bike Destination Guide & GPX Files for Larimer County, Colorado

Area includes:

  • Fort Collins
  • Loveland
  • Estes Park
  • Rustic
  • Red Feather Lakes

Mountain Bike Routes & Trails

MTB Routes and Trails

Goods & Services of the Fort Collins Area

Find local bike shops, food, breweries, places to stay, hospitals in the area. Goods and Services

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Zwei Tap Room Hours & Food Truck Schedule

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Fort Collins Area

Whether you live in the area, or plan on visiting for a bit, Fort Collins and Loveland have a lot to offer a mountain biker in terms of ample trail systems, great weather, a vibrant local scene, and great grassroots racing. There are 4 major trail systems offering well over 100 miles of riding within ½ hour or less of downtown Fort Collins and a couple more if you want to stretch that to 45 minutes. There are trails for all abilities as well as well maintained trailheads with parking, maps, bathrooms, and water.

There is some other riding in the area that's worth considering. If you travel up Poudre Canyon on highway 14, you can find places like Hewlett Gulch, Young Gulch, (currently closed), and Dadd Gulch all of which offer a different experience although the rides tend to be somewhat short. Old Flowers Road is located at the end of Rist Canyon and Stove Prairie road and is another ride to consider outside of town. When you get into the mountains a bit, you can find interesting fire roads to ride but beware as some of these cross private property and some will be gated or closed off. It's best to seek the advice of someone who's ridden areas like this before you head out and make sure you have a good map, a compass, and emergency gear.

2017 TOC MTB Festival

Tooth or Consequences 3 Day Mountain Bike Festival

We are excited to announce the 2017 Tooth or Consequences Mountain Bike Festival held in beautiful Northern Colorado. Tooth or Consequences is a multi-day mountain bike extravaganza. It features the long-running 40 in the Fort Endurance MTB Race - and a whole bunch more MTB fun. Tooth or Consequences MTB Festival | Download the 2016 version of the GPX File, More Mountain Bike Races.

Area Racing Primer by Reno Toffoli

If you really want to see what you're made of, theres an excellent grassroots racing scene in Fort Collins and SE Wyoming. Grassroots racing means that there are no sanctioning bodies, licenses or high fees and its really just for fun. Grassroots races are always low key and friendly. Racing Primer by Reno Toffoli

Mountain Biking in Fort Collins

Group Rides

Wednesday Social Rides by Overland Mountain Bike Club

These rides are open to non-members! Come join the fun and get to know the folks and members of Overland.

  • From March 15 - March 29, meet Wednesdays at Spring Canyon Park at 5:15. COMPLETED
  • From April 5 - April 26, meet Wednesdays at Spring Canyon Park at 5:30. COMPLETED
  • From May 3 - August 30, meet Wednesdays at Blue Sky Trailhead at 6:00.
  • From September 6 - September 27, meet Wednesdays at Spring Canyon Park at 5:30.
  • From October 4 - October 25, meet Wednesdays at Spring Canyon Park at 5:15.

Overland Club Member Rides

These rides are for Overland Mountain Bike Club members! If you would like to join one of these rides, please join the club.

  • July 21-23, 2017 - Tooth or Consequences MTB Festival
  • Augest 19-20, 2017 - Winter Park, CO
  • September 16-17, 2017 - Steamboat Springs, CO
  • October 7-8, 2017 - Estes Park, CO

Northern Colorado Trail Advocacy Group - NoCoTAG

The Northern Colorado Trail Advocacy Group (NoCoTAG) is dedicated to improving access to soft-surface trails, increasing trail system connectivity, and promoting safe, sustainable construction and use of trails across all recreational user groups and ability levels within the region.

  • Read the Charter
  • Join the Facebook Group
  • Downloadable Area GPX Files

    All files on the above map are downloadable as .gpx file format. They are free to download and use on your device. Please keep in mind, trails change so confirm the information with the local official agencies before heading out on the trail.

    Lory State Park, Larimer County Parks & Open Spaces, City of Fort Collins Parks

    Mountain Bike Routes & Trails

    MTB Routes and Trails

    Local Trail Conditions

    Trail Conditions by NoCO Trail Report

    Mountain Biking in Fort Collins

    Facebook Group

    Join in MTB discussions, share photos, videos and find new places to ride. mtbtime Facebook Group

    Trails of the Fort Collins & Loveland Area

    Lory State Park

    Trails within Lory State Park include: South Valley Loop, Timber Trail, West Valley Trail, Westridge Trail, East Valley Trail, Howard Trail & Kimmons Trail

    Coyote Ridge Natural Area

    Coyote Ridge is between Fort Collins and Loveland and will connect to the Rim Rock and Blue Sky Trails.

    Indian Summer

    You can get to the Indian Summer Trail via Blue Sky Trail or by coming over from Coyote Ridge & Rim Rock Trails, or from the south via the Devils Backbone area.

    Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

    Trails within Bobcat Ridge include: Ginny Trail, Powerline Trail, Valley Loop Trail & the Eden Valley Spur

    Reservoir Ridge Natural Area

    Trails within Reservoir Ridge Natural Area include: Michaud Spur, Foothills Trail, North Loop Trail & Reservoir Ridge Trail

    Devil's Backbone Open Space

    Devil's Backbone, Laughing Horse Loop & Hidden Valley Trail

    Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

    Trails within Horsetooth Mountain Park include: Audra Culver Trail, Carey Springs, Herrington North Trail, Herrington South Trail, Horsetooth Rock Trail, Loggers Trail, Mill Creek Trail, Nomad Trail, Sawmill Trail, Shoreline Trail, South Ridge Trail, Soderberg Trail, Spring Creek Trail, Stout Trail, Towers Trail, Wathen Trail, West Ridge Link Trail & West Ridge Trail

    Mountain Biking in Fort Collins

    Blue Sky Trail

    Blue Sky Trail is the freeway of mountain biking in Fort Collins. It's fast and flowy but be careful of the blind corners and a lot of foot traffic. Keep on your toes but have a blast on this trail. It'll take you to the Rim Rock Trail, Indian Summer Loop or continue south to Devil's Backbone.

    Rimrock Open Space

    You can get to Rim Rock Trail either from Blue Sky Trail, Coyote Ridge or from the south via Devil's Backbone by heading north up a portion of Blue Sky trail until you hit the junction.

    Horsetooth Reservoir

    Foothills Trail

    Ramsay-Shockey Open Space

    Trails within Ramsay-Shockey Open Space include: Shoshone Trail & Besant Point Trail

    More Areas

    Hewlett Gulch, Jacks Gulch, Johnny Park, Kelly Flats, Lookout Mountain, Moody Hill, Old Flowers Road, Pole Hill, Sevenmile Creek

    Estes Park & Glen Haven Area

    Although all 4WD roads are open to bikes, not all hiking trails allow bikes. Locals favorite multi-use trails for mountain biking are: Crosier Mountain out of Glen Haven, Pole Hill near Hermit Park and Halls Ranch out of Lyons.

    Crosier Mountain - Glen Haven

    Donner Pass

    Rocky Mountain National Park

    Winter roads in Rocky Mountain National Park open first to bikers in April before opening to cars for the season. You can have Old Fall River road (dirt) to yourself in spring!