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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.

Recommended Routes in Salida - 20

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Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Difficult Difficult

Cottonwood Loop

22.8 mi 36.8 km 2,483' Up 756.97 m Up 2,484' Down 757.2 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite Happy dog on Spartan West.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Spartan Loop

5.9 mi 9.5 km 450' Up 137.12 m Up 450' Down 137.16 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

S-Mountain: Chicken for Dinner

9.3 mi 15.0 km 802' Up 244.44 m Up 802' Down 244.55 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Difficult Difficult

S-Mountain: Tech Gnar Ride

10.1 mi 16.2 km 1,689' Up 514.94 m Up 1,689' Down 514.68 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite Soak up the good views on Double Rainbow.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Bear Creek - Rainbow Trail - Pot-o-Gold Loop

27.3 mi 44.0 km 3,322' Up 1012.54 m Up 3,314' Down 1010.2 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite Happy dog on Spartan West.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Methodist Mountain: Little Rainbow - Race Track Loop

14.0 mi 22.5 km 1,185' Up 361.11 m Up 1,186' Down 361.39 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite Berm on Solstice
Intermediate Intermediate

Sol Train - Solstice Flow Trails

10.7 mi 17.2 km 1,260' Up 383.94 m Up 1,263' Down 384.83 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite The Rainbow Trail isn't short on views...
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Bear Creek - Gutz Loop

18.0 mi 29.0 km 2,530' Up 771.03 m Up 2,516' Down 766.95 m Down

Salida, CO
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Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Difficult Difficult

Hooligan - Sand Dunes Loop

5.4 mi 8.7 km 968' Up 295.03 m Up 968' Down 294.98 m Down

Salida, CO
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Salida Biking

  • 216 Miles 347 Kilometers of Trail
  • 20 Recommended Routes
  • 21 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 38 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 19 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Salida - 58

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Chicken Dinner Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
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2.9 mi 4.6 km #2Cottonwood
Difficult Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult Difficult
Salida, CO 43 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #3Rumba Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO 30 
5.1 mi 8.2 km #4Little Rainbow
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO 44 
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Solstice
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO 22 
1.6 mi 2.6 km #6Sand Dunes
Difficult Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult Difficult
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0.7 mi 1.1 km #7Hooligan
Difficult Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult Difficult
Salida, CO 18 
1.4 mi 2.3 km #8Spartan West
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO 22 
3.1 mi 5.0 km #9North Backbone
Difficult Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult Difficult
Salida, CO 21 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #10Rusty Lung
Intermediate Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate Intermediate
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One of the many technical drops on Uncle Nazty trail.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
Sunset on North Backbone.
Nov 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
Finding some air on Chicken Dinner.
Dec 27, 2016 near Salida, CO
Get out and fat bike on North Backbone!
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
The sun begins to set on an evening snow ride on North Backbone in the Arkansas Hills Trail System, Salida, CO.
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
The new and improved Burnpile offers fantastic features built to get you airborne!
Jan 30, 2017 near Salida, CO
It's steeper than it looks!
Feb 15, 2017 near Salida, CO
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