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Ride the Rockies right here: Cycling in Glenwood Springs
There’s a reason cycling tours like Ride the Rockies and Bicycle Tour of Colorado regularly add Glenwood Springs to their itineraries, with paths in every direction, Glenwood Springs is one cycling-friendly town. The network of trails provides visitors with scores of options for exploring the surrounding area.

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail – Glenwood’s most popular cycling trail follows the Colorado River and is interspersed with rest areas at No Name, Grizzly Creek, Hanging Lake and Bair Ranch, making it easy for families and occasional cyclists to do only smaller portions of the trail if desired. Thanks to an engineering sleight of hand, the interstate highway through Glenwood Canyon becomes an unobtrusive part of the landscape.

Rio Grande Trail – This trail connects Glenwood Springs with Roaring Fork Valley towns to the south. Cyclists can ride all they way to Aspen if they like, or they can hop on the RFTA Bike Express, a customized bus that can accommodate up to 14 bikes on the interior. The bus leaves stops in Glenwood Springs every weekend morning from late May through early September and drops passengers off in the heart of Aspen, where they can connect with the Rio Grande Trail for 44 miles of scenic and mostly downhill coasting along the Roaring Fork River all the way back to Glenwood Springs.

Boy Scout/Lookout Mountain Trail – Mountain bikers swear this is the best ride in town. Riders can choose to do the entire loop by taking Red Canyon Road south of town to Spring Valley and connecting to Lookout Mountain Road, or they can drive to the parking area on Lookout Mountain Road and take off on Boy Scout Trail from there. Maps are crucial on this ride, as the trail splits in several places. Riders are rewarded when the jeep road morphs into a singletrack that dips and dives for five fast-paced miles, dumping riders in the heart of Glenwood Springs’ restaurant district.

Wulfsohn Trail – Located behind the Glenwood Springs Community Center and Glenwood Meadows shopping center, this singletrack trail at the base of Red Mountain offers mountain bikers plenty of challenges and rewards. Just over four miles in length, this trail is ideal training ground for polishing the technical aspects of mountain biking close to town. Narrow passages, gullies and rollicking downhills keep riders coming back for a quick ride or focused workout.

Jeanne Golay Trail – This trail honors the Olympic cyclist who competed in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and now resides in Glenwood Springs. A favorite training route for high-caliber athletes, the trail is also popular with less competitive types, especially those looking for a steady uphill climb on a compacted dirt road with a raucous descent on singletrack. Overlooks along the way provide views of Mount Sopris, the Elk Range and the Roaring Fork Valley to the south.

Atkinson Trail – This multi-use trail opened in 2011 as part of the Glenwood Springs’ river trails master plan. The trail hugs the west bank of the Roaring Fork River from the 27th Street Bridge near Rivers Restaurant and follows it to the Glenwood Park area. Trail amenities that include benches, picnic tables, overlooks and beach access make it a popular destination for families.

Dry Park Road – Part pavement, part gravel, this trail is recommended for mountain bikers only. It begins at the junction of Four-Mile Road and Dry Park Road and takes riders through Glenwood Springs’ ranching country. A steady uphill climb with some rolling hills makes for a satisfying excursion. Mount Sopris is omnipresent and changes moods depending on the time of day and season.

Westbank to Carbondale – This ride is ideal for road biking enthusiasts; a paved steady incline for 7.5 miles makes for an invigorating outing. Begin near the Westbank subdivision south of Glenwood Springs and head south along County Road 108, at the “T” turn left toward Carbondale. Return the same way or take the Rio Grande Trail back to Glenwood Springs.

Transfer Trail to Windy Point – Hard work pays off when riders reach the pinnacle of Windy Point on the Flat Tops, high above No Name Canyon. Sheer cliffs drop straight down, but there are plenty of places to sit back and take in the expansive views of uninhabited landscape. After the steep ascent, riders can enjoy the miles of downhill.

Deep Lake - Heart Lake Loop – Mountain bike through wildflower meadows along the edge of Deep Lake to Heart Lake and back. Spectacular views abound. To reach the trailhead, travel east on Interstate-70, exiting at Dotsero. Follow the signs for Sweetwater/Burns by turning north, right, onto the Colorado River Road. Follow this road for 1.8 miles and turn left onto Coffee Pot Springs Road. Drive another 29 miles and park in the Deep Lake Day Use area.

White River National Forest -- There are hundreds of miles of trails and roads accessible for mountain biking in the White River National Forest which includes the Flat Tops north of Glenwood Springs. Check out all the riding possibilities and find maps by visiting the White River National Forest’s website or visit their main office at 900 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.

Cycling Sales, Rentals and Services in Glenwood Springs

Canyon Bikes*
319 6th Street in Hotel Colorado
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 877-945-6605 or 970-945-8904

Glenwood Adventure Company*
723 Cooper Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 877-346-4536 or 970-945-7529

Mountain Sports Outlet
215 6th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-5001

Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop*
309 9th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: 970-945-9425

*Bike shuttle service available