Mountain biking has always been a popular summer sport in Telluride, but a slew of new trails and better access has the region on the brink of world-class status.
- Telluride mountain biking is world-class and continues to grow in popularity and trails.
- Trails for all abilities can be accessed from town or via the free gondola.
- There are no access fees, all you need is a reliable bike!
Despite their rugged and harsh personality, the San Juan Mountains provide biking terrain suitable for all ability levels. Old mining trails twist and turn into the highest peaks of the region, providing a proving ground for experts. Alpine meadows and valley floors host beginner and intermediate trails. A free gondola lends access to a network of trails cutting across ski slopes, open meadows and tightly-spaced Aspens. A downhill course was also reopened in 2009, and volunteers continue to expand its trails.
Where to go
- Beginners not used to steep climbs should start at the Bear Creek Trail, a 2.5 mile ascent through a wilderness preserve. The trailhead is at the end of South Pine Street.
- The Jud Wiebe Trail starts at the north end of Aspen Street. Take a left over the bridge and follow the signs. The trail has a moderate to difficult climb, and covers 3 miles and 1140 feet.
- The Prospect Trail is the longest single-track on the ski area, and traverses several ridgelines and valleys without getting too extreme. Follow the signs from the top of the gondola.
- The Full Tilt downhill course is a new addition to the ski resort bike trails, and has trails for all abilities. Head straight out of the gondola and look for the access gate. Trail difficulty is clearly marked.
Guided Tours and Rentals
The Telluride Reservation Center has a full listing of regional trails and Boot Doctors in Mountain Village offers a full range of rental bikes.