We’re already planning our next trip
Telluride, Colorado is already one of our favorite places on Earth (we’re not exaggerating); and with the arrival of the new Telluride Bike Park, we foresee many more trips to this adventurous little mountain town.
While the park opened to the public on July 5, we decided to skip the opening day crowds and hit the park the following weekend.
Here’s what you need to know about the new park.
Designed by Gravity Logic, a bike resort development company out of Whistler, British Columbia, the lift-served Telluride Bike Park consists of 15 different trails for a total of 17 miles of riding. Trails range from beginner to expert, and provide a custom experience based on the style of riding you want to do — whether it be cross country, freeride or technical riding.
Telluride’s cross-country trails cater more toward intermediate and expert riders, with the majority of the trails being blues (intermediate) mixed with a handful of blacks (expert). Be aware that some of the cross-country trails are multi-use, meaning that you may encounter hikers while riding. Hikers always have the right-of-way to bikers, so politely pull off to the side of the trail and let hikers pass before continuing on your ride.
The freeride trails consist of green (beginner) and blue (intermediate) runs. These fast, flowy trails are an excellent introduction to downhill mountain biking, with features such as wooden bridges, banked turns and rollers.
For more of a downhill challenge, check out the technical trails. These trails are steeper than the freeride trails and offer numerous obstacles including rock gardens, jumps and drops.
Start by heading to Mountain Village, which can be accessed from the town of Telluride via gondola or by car (you will still have to take a short gondola ride from the lot). Once at the plaza, you can secure lift tickets ($36/day) and bike rentals, if needed.
If you’re looking to rent a bike, Telluride Sports has a great selection of bikes in their fleet for all riding types. Helmet and elbow/knee pads are also available to rent.
When it’s time for a break, head over to Tomboy Tavern for a beer and a bite to eat and watch other riders bomb down the trails from the patio.
- Get there early. With so many new trails to explore — along with summer storms rolling in during the afternoon — you don’t want to miss out on riding a new trail due to thunderstorm lift closures. The park opens at 10 a.m.
- Take a warm-up run and get used to the terrain to reduce the risk of injuries.
- Bring bug spray, and lots of it. The mosquitos are especially thick in the wooded areas, and are annoyingly relentless.
View Telluride Bike Park Trail Maps Here.