30 Jul 2020
What summer vacation to Vail or Beaver Creek is complete without the requisite bike ride? Whether you’re on fat tires or a cruiser, an e-bike or a road bike, taking a 2-wheel summer spin to experience the beauty of the Vail Valley is highly recommended.
There are plenty of hills for thrills, paved paths for families, and a variety of mountain, road, and e-biking terrain for all types of biking enthusiasts.
Here are a few of our favorites...
If you’re itching to sample some sweet singletrack trails, you’re in the right place. Mountain biking is about as synonymous with Colorado as skiing is, and Vail has well over 300 miles of incredible mountain bike trails. We’ve listed some of our favorite options, you can also get extensive trail information through the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association. We also highly recommend consulting with the Colorado Trail Explorer app (CORTEX) beforehand to see whether trails are currently open and accessible as temporary closures do take place. You can download the free app to your mobile device, here or MTB Project.
Vail Resort & Beaver Creek Resort Mountain Biking
Both Vail and Beaver Creek resorts offer hundreds of miles of biking trails for all levels of adventure, challenge, and enjoyment. Between the wildflowers, the wildlife, and the stunning views of the mountain ranges, you won’t regret sampling the trails of either mountain. For the Vail Mountain biking map, click here, for the Beaver Creek biking map, click here.
Both Vail and Beaver Creek offer bike haul options so that you don’t expel all your energy getting to the top. You can then enjoy recreational loops or thrill rides back down to the bottom. Beaver Creek’s bike haul is via the Centennial Express Lift. Vail’s bike hauls are via the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) and Gondola 1.
Meadow Mountain Loop – (partially single track) – 10.3 miles (near the town of Minturn)
This ride has a bit of everything … meadows, a historic cabin, and a descent through an aspen forest. This area was originally owned by Everkrisp lettuce, then was turned into the Meadow Mountain ski area and later became a tubing hill!
Lee’s Way Down – (point to point single track) – 0.9 miles (Beaver Creek/Avon)
Beautiful view of Avon and Beaver Creek as you make your way down to Avon and onto the Singletree connector.
Frisco 20 Loop – (partially single track) – 19.9 miles (near the town of Frisco)
Easy to begin with and then the loop rises on the Colorado Trail to over 3000 feet! You’ll definitely be in granny gear for some of the uphill climbs. You can park in one of the three lots on the backside of Frisco.
Wilder Gulch Trail – (Singletrack) 2.8 miles (near the town of Frisco)
Begin at the south side of Vail Pass. The path crosses a creek, so plan on getting wet in the early part of the season. July and August are particularly wonderful months to bike in this area as the wildflowers are showing off.
Looking to polish your skills or are you a first-timer at the sport of mountain biking? Vail Mountain Bike Camps has been turning novices into experts for over 25 years. They offer summer camps complete with rides, handling skills, games, and the infamous biking scavenger hunt. The camps are exclusively for kids ages 7-13, but they also offer private lessons for both kids and adults.
Cruiser Biking, Road Biking and E-biking (aka paved trails)
You don’t need to be rockin’ a Schwinn with a basket to enjoy these paved trails. E-bikes and pedal assists are becoming more popular than Peloton and road bikes are always a favorite.
Eagle County has over 58 miles of paved recreational paths that are perfect for e-biking, road biking, or just cruising. Stick to these blacktop options if you’re on an E-bike, as class 1 and 2 e-bikes are not permitted on Vail Mountain or on other U.S. Forest service trails that aren’t designated for motorized use.
Here’s a helpful map to give you the lay of the land of some of these extensive paved paths. If you are on a mountain bike, you can veer off of the path system to one of many connecting trails for adjacent mountain bike options.
Gore Creek Valley Trail – West & East (paved)
The trail runs from Dowd Junction in the west to Vail Village in the east. This section is about 5 miles long and runs alongside the creek. The east section spans from the Vail Golf Course to Vail Village and through nearby meadows for approximately 2.2 miles.
Eagle Valley Trail (paved) – 11.5 miles
Start from the west end of Edwards, follow the path along Highway 6. Head downhill past Main Street toward the Eagle River. You’ll ride through some residential areas and then curve away from the road along the Eagle River.
Vail Pass Recpath (paved) – 14.4 miles
The trail runs along Interstate 70 from Copper Mountain to the Gore Creek Campground. You can begin and/or end this path from either end. You will need two vehicles if you decide to bike from one end to the other. There are some bike shops that can eliminate the car shuffle as they provide transportation for a fee.
Village Road Trail (paved) - 4.2 miles
Village Road Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avon/Beaver Creek, Colorado that features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels.
Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail
This paved path spans the entire length of Glenwood Canyon and is a perfect spot to view wildlife, enjoy a picnic, or just watch the rafters ride the rapids of the Colorado River.
Frisco to Vail Ten Mile Ride
This is a fun downhill ride from Vail to Frisco on a paved path. You can take the Vail Pass Shuttle to start the ride at the top of Vail Pass and end up at Copper Mountain ski area. Then instead of huffing and puffing your way home, book a return ride, as well. Vail’s Ski & Bike Valet can give you all of the details on how to enjoy this tour and book the paid transportation via the Vail Pass Shuttle. We recommend grabbing lunch in Frisco before taking the shuttle back.
Leadville Loop (78 miles)
If you’ve got the lungs of Lance and the stamina of an Olympian, this one might be for you. It’s a 78-mile expert level road ride that gains over 6000 feet in elevation. It passes over the Continental Divide twice providing some of the most gorgeous views in North America. The climbs are demanding, but the descents (and the views) are the payoff.
We know you're ready to have a 'wheelie" good time biking in Vail and Beaver Creek, this summer. Now you just need to decide on which 5-star hot tub you want to hop in AFTER you've gone the distance. We can help with that!