Just because you are on a fabulous Colorado vacation doesn’t mean that you can’t find some time to get a little exercise in-especially if you happen to enjoy bike riding! And when you really think about it, even if you are doing something healthy, you are also getting to experience the amazing Colorado landscape, and maybe, depending on the type of riding you do, finding new ways to challenge your limitations! Mountain biking across rugged trails, fat biking in the cold and snowy weather, or riding along paved paths with your family on a new and improved Sunday afternoon “drive” are all great ways to experience Winter Park, CO. Here’s a list of shops that rent bikes and a list of trails for you to ride on. Enjoy!
Epic Mountain Sports, 78415 US Highway 40, Unit 201
Fat biking is the latest and greatest winter activities. The extra fat tires on the bikes give you grip and stability in the snow, and Epic Mountain Sports offers fat bikes for your riding convenience. Also offering hybrids, cruisers, children’s bikes, and trailers and trail-a-bikes, there really isn’t any need to go anywhere else for your biking needs!
Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park Resort
Offering downhill mountain bike rentals and demo bikes for free riding as well as a place to ride, Trestle Bike Park is popular with the daredevil bunch! Also featuring a try before you buy program and reduced rates on previously rented mountain bikes, this bike park may end up be the highlight of your vacation!
And Now for the Trails
What good is a bike if you don’t have a place to ride? If you’re a family looking to ride your beach cruiser while your kids are in trailers you are pulling or riding their own bikes, downtown Winter Park offers two kid-friendly trails. The Fraser River Trail, which is 5.5 miles long, and paved (a shorter 2.5-mile stretch is best for young kids) leads bikers through the woods and along the river. The Vasquez Creek Trail/Confluence Park is short and sweet and offers signs that appear periodically that explain certain unique flora, fauna, and wildlife. Mountain bikers may prefer the 19.5-mile Elk Creek Trail, which climbs over 3500 feet, but offers a sometimes easy, sometimes difficult, and often intermediate trek. Pick your stretch of trail according to your abilities or limitations. Trestle Bike Park’s Banana Peel Pro Line Trail is for the more extreme risk takers and should probably only be attempted by experienced mountain bikers.