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51 mi 82 km of trail 6 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 19 Trails Intermediate Trails 13 Trails Hard Trails 5 Trails

Local Info

Salida is a bike town through and through. To compliment the cruisers, bike lanes and sharrows, this town in southern Colorado also has some seriously sweet singletrack.

Often known for its high country Monarch Crest - IMBA Epic ride, Salida has some great riding in the Arkansas Hills and Methodist Mountain trail systems. Some good choices right from town: S Mountain Quick Tour or North Backbone to Cottonwood, or some of the newer trails like Chicken Dinner and Rusty Lung (flowy) or Hooligan and Dude Abides (more technical and demanding) on S mtn. Or try the new Spartan West and East trails as part of a loop via Little Rainbow (beginner friendly) on Methodist Mtn.

Visit the 3 bike shops - Absolute Bikes, Salida Bike Company, and SubCulture Cyclery - for the best info on where and what to ride.

Visiting Tips

The trails in the Arkansas Hills and Methodist Mountain trail systems are ride-able almost year round due to the arid climate and the Salida “bubble”.

The Monarch Crest and other high country trails (Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Rainbow Trail, Canyon Creek) are usually snowed in until mid-summer. Be prepared for afternoon storms when riding those alpine trails.

Free camping on BLM or Forest Service land starts 15-30 minutes away from the city of Salida. Please leave your spot cleaner than when you arrived. Salida is starting to feel the pressure of short & long-term visitors.

Food & Drink

Pizza and Local Brews: Amicas, Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub
Caffeine or decaf; Café Dawn.
AM and PM Burritos: Mo Burrito!
Pizza (and local brews): Amicas and Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub.
Killer sandwiches: Sweeties.
Beer: Soulcraft Brewing, with food container.
Post-ride river watching: Boathouse Cantina or Seasons Café.
Life music; Bensons or the Vic.

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Salida, CO
2.0 mi 3.2 km Salida, CO
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37 days ago
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2.9 mi 4.6 km
#2 Cottonwood
Salida, CO
2.9 mi 4.6 km Salida, CO
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3.1 mi 5.0 km
#3 North Backbone
Salida, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km Salida, CO
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2.2 mi 3.6 km
#4 Rumba Trail
Salida, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km Salida, CO
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5.1 mi 8.2 km
#5 Little Rainbow
Salida, CO
5.1 mi 8.2 km Salida, CO
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25 days ago
25 
0.8 mi 1.3 km
#6 Uncle Nazty
Salida, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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77 days ago
10 
0.7 mi 1.1 km
#7 Hooligan
Salida, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Salida, CO
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Dry
47 days ago
1.4 mi 2.3 km
#8 Spartan West
Salida, CO
1.4 mi 2.3 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry
25 days ago
1.5 mi 2.5 km
#9 Sand Dunes
Salida, CO
1.5 mi 2.5 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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47 days ago
11 
2.7 mi 4.4 km
#10 Beasway Trail
Salida, CO
2.7 mi 4.4 km Salida, CO
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14 
0.5 mi 0.8 km
#11 Pauli
Salida, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry
47 days ago
1.7 mi 2.7 km
#12 Spartan East
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km Salida, CO
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Dry
25 days ago
2.2 mi 3.5 km
#13 Sweet Dreams
Salida, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km Salida, CO
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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#14 Burn Pile
Salida, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Salida, CO
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0.4 mi 0.6 km
#15 Dude Abides
Salida, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km Salida, CO
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1.5 mi 2.4 km
#16 Race Track
Salida, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry
54 days ago
11 
0.9 mi 1.5 km
#17 Rusty Lung
Salida, CO
0.9 mi 1.5 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry
47 days ago
1.7 mi 2.7 km
#18 Lost
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry
54 days ago
11 
1.7 mi 2.8 km
#19 Backbone
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.8 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry
47 days ago
1.2 mi 1.9 km
#20 Frontside
Salida, CO
1.2 mi 1.9 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry
47 days ago
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