One of the best parts of living in Colorado is the easy access to nature. The DMC Denver team is lucky enough to have access to a variety of ski resorts in the winter, and a wide selection of trails suited for mountain biking, hiking, or trail running in the summer.
Prior to quarantine when we were still working in the office, more than half of our team participated in a popular bike to work program. Before we started social distancing, the Denver team also had a group of bikers who met up on weekends to go mountain biking together. The rides typically ranged from 5-15 miles, depending on our weekend availability and how ambitious we were feeling.
Favorite Colorado Trails
Since many people are currently embracing time in nature while social distancing, we wanted to share some of our favorite Colorado mountain biking trails.
We have enjoyed biking more than 20 trails along the Front Range near Denver. Some of our favorites that are currently open include:
Buffalo Creek is an office favorite due to the gradual climb, smooth trails, and extra-flowy end segment. It's a slightly longer drive to get to when compared to most of our rides, but the extra time in the car gets you far enough back into the mountains to get away from the steep and rocky trails that characterize front range riding. Pack a sandwich and prepare for the Sandy Wash descent, one of the most enjoyable segments we've ridden.
At 20 miles and 2,700 feet of climbing, the Staunton Lake trail is no casual undertaking. All of the effort is well worth it, as it takes you through flowering Alpine meadows, past a red rock ringed mountain lake, and to several gorgeous vistas. And case the scenery isn't enough for you, there's also a 1,500-foot descent waiting for you to close out the ride.
White Ranch is one of the closer rides, if you want to venture past the more crowded, city-adjacent trails. In addition to being conveniently located, it also offers a great mix of technical features, fun flows, and challenging climbs.
Want some exercise? Mount Falcon offers an unrelenting 1,700-foot climb over four miles of trail. It's a great ride for maintaining fitness even when you don't have a ton of time to ride.
Centennial Cone offers almost 20 miles of smooth trail and gradual climbs. There's nothing too exciting here, but sometimes that's what you want. Great for laying down base miles and building your endurance.
In mid-November 2019, we also embarked on a three-day backcountry ride covering the entirety of the 100-mile White Rim Trail in Moab’s Canyonlands National Park. As of May 29, Canyonlands National Park is reopening in phases.
We're fortunate that the Denver area features a variety of trails ranging from casual to advanced. In addition to getting some exercise, we value the team-building and work-life balance that comes from hitting the trails. We look forward to biking together again when it is safe to do so, and we hope that you're finding ways to enjoy the great outdoors wherever you are.
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