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When you ride with Bikes and Trails of Colorado, Inc. ®™ we pick you up and take you to the top. You will then ride Downhill for the most part. If you would like to bike on your own, there are over 1,844 miles of great Bike Trails in Colorado. Bikes and Trails always recommends letting someone know where you will be riding and riding with a buddy. Always carry enough water and wear a helmet.Colorado's State Flower - The Columbine

Colorado trails vary in difficulty from those for Beginners to Moderate, Difficult, and trails for Technical riders. We recommend getting maps and as much information as you can before trying any trail. For those who are fit and have adjusted to the elevation, here are just a few of the great trails you may like to try within easy driving distance from downtown Denver along with phone numbers where you can get up-to-date information and / or maps of these trails. The times listed do not include time to get to the trailheads; they represent the time on the bike.

Apex Park
  Distance: 5.1 miles
  Elevation Gain: 1,120 feet
  Difficulty: Moderate to difficult - Steep climbs, switchbacks
  Surface: Rocky single track
  Time: 2-3 hours
  Maps: Jefferson County Open Space Apex Park map call 303-271-5925

Chatfield State Park Loop
  Distance: 15.8 miles
  Elevation Gain: About 100 feet
  Difficulty: Easy
  Surface: Paved road & trail
  Time: 1-1½ hours
  Information: Chatfield State Park 303-791-7275
Dakota Ridge Trail
  Distance: 4 miles out and back
  Elevation Gain: About 1,300 feet
  Difficulty: Moderate with difficult sections. Exertion high on return trip climb.
  Surface: Loose rocky single track
  Time: 1-2 hours
  Maps: Jefferson County Open Space 303-271-5925
Elk Meadow Park
  Distance: 4.8 miles
  Elevation Gain: About 600 feet
  Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  Surface: Smooth single track
  Time: 1 hour
  Maps: Elk Meadow park map Jefferson County Open Space 303-271-5925
Golden Gate Canyon
  Distance: 24 miles round-trip
  Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
  Difficulty: Exertion high / strenuous
  Surface: Paved road
  Time: 3-4 hours
  Maps: USGS map Golden Gate, Ralston Buttes and Black Hawk Quads. Colorado State Highway Department
Mathews/Winter Park
  Distance: 5.1 miles
  Elevation Gain: 500 feet
  Difficulty: Easy to moderate, one descent is difficult.
  Surface: Smooth single track for the most part.
Rocky switchbacks
  Time: 1-2 hours
  Maps: Matthews/Winters Park Maps Jefferson County Open Space 303-271-5925

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