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Montrose Mountain Biking: Colorado

Mountain Biking in Montrose, Colorado

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

Area includes:

  • Montrose

Mountain Bike Routes & Trails

MTB Routes and Trails

Popular Trails

Sidewinder Trail

This is the area’s premier trail, dwarfing all but the mighty Tabeguache Trail in scale. Be prepared for tough riding in a remote setting.

  • Access: At least six roads that spur east off of Peach Valley Rd. connect with Sidewinder. From south to north, they are: Eagle Rd., Wave Rd., Bobcat Rd., Duncan Rd., Ute Rd., and H75 Rd. See Sidewinder map. There are small BLM signs identifying where the trail crosses each of these roads.
  • Distance: 20+ miles of excellent singletrack! Loops and out-and-backs between 8 miles and 40 miles are possible.
  • Elevation: 5300 – 6000 feet
  • Rating: Skills—advanced to expert
  • Time: 2 to 8 hours
  • Lower Spring Creek

    This ride is a great 8-mile (one way) singletrack ride in Spring Creek Canyon. To get to the start, measure from the intersection of Highway 90 & Dave Wood Road. After going 5.6 miles south on Dave Wood Rd., there will be a dirt parking lot on the right. The BLM has installed (tiny) signs identifying the south end of Spring Creek trail here. Follow the steep singletrack down into the canyon. Most mortals walk this section. Ride the gradually ascending singletrack trail 8 miles; turn around and bomb back down the canyon. This route may also be done as a loop.

    Park as stated above, and ride up Dave Wood Rd. At the Forest Service boundary, take a right on the Spring Creek Rim Road. After about a mile, take a right on the Spring Creek ATV-width trail. This 2 track follows the canyon rim, and then abruptly descends to the canyon oor. Take a right on the single track, ride 8 miles on one of the area’s nest trails, then push your bike out of the canyon to the parking lot.

    • Distance: 16 miles
    • Elevation: 6500 – 7800 feet
    • Rating: Advanced
    • Time: 3-4 hours

    Buck/Dry Creek Trail

    Local's favorite. This trail begins at the National Forest Boundary on Highway 90.

    Follow a mix of narrow singletrack and old roads converted to singletrack winding in and out of aspen groves, dark timber and clearings. At its most northern point the trail climbs to "The Knob" for an outstanding view.

    At mile 7.8 the trail intersects an old ATV trail that follows a powerline. Continue straight back to Highway 90. A left turn here heads back to the trailhead. For more quality riding, go right then quick left at the Dry Creek trail sign. Dry Creek trail roughly parallels Highway 90 east. Near the end, a "T" intersection is encountered. Head right on singletrack, which shortly connects to Highway 90 and the trailhead.

    • Distance: 10 miles
    • Elevation: 8900 – 9700 feet
    • Rating: Intermediate
    • Time: 2 hours

    Aspen Loop

    This is a nice short ride through beautiful aspen groves. The trail begins at the States Draw turn off Highway 90. It is fairly well signed.

    Follow 2-track, and continue straight at mile 1.0. At 1.2 miles go right on the old road which has reverted to singletrack. At mile 2 the trail passes a pond. At mile 2.3 there is an overlook of Lone Cone and the western San Juan Mountains. Follow Aspen Trail signs back to your starting point on States Draw Road.

    • Distance: 6+ miles
    • Elevation: 9,500 – 9700 feet
    • Rating: Intermediate
    • Time: 1-2 hours
    The public lands adjacent to Montrose have numerous mountain bike routes in three general geographic areas:

    Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area

    The GGNCA is located northeast of Montrose and encompasses the area commonly referred to as the Adobes, as well as rocky pinyon and juniper uplands, and, of course, the deep wilderness canyon of the Gunnison Gorge itself.

    Numerous mountain biking opportunities are available along the entire western flank of the NCA. For those seeking a technically challenging singletrack ride, Sidewinder Trail runs 20 miles from the North Sidewinder Trailhead south to Eagle Valley Trail near the Peach Valley staging area. Another access point near the end of the Bostwick Park Road is Kurt’s Trail. Check out BLM’s Flat Top-Peach Valley Map and Brochure for more detailed information.

    The NCA is interlaced with many trails, and some are unsuitable for mountain biking – mostly because they are too steep. The best seasons to ride these trails are spring and fall. Avoid these trails after heavy rain.

    Dry Creek Area

    These trails are located in the canyon/mesa country west of Montrose. The main trailhead for the area is the Tabeguache Trailhead at the north end of Shavano Valley Road. Access to riding is also possible from Transfer Road. Spring and fall riding season.

    Uncompahgre Plateau

    These trails are located in the high country southwest of Montrose. Most of these trails are accessible from the Divide Road by way of Dave Wood Road and Highway 90. Summer and early fall riding season. Popular routes include Aspen Trail, Buck Trail, and the Buzzard Gulch Trail System.