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63 mi 102 km of trail 10 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 12 Trails Intermediate Trails 23 Trails Hard Trails 13 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.

Recommended Routes in Salida - 10

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

Cottonwood Tour

23.1 mi 37.1 km 2,520' Up 768.17 m Up 2,519' Down 767.83 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Little Rainbow on an early winter day
Intermediate

Methodist Mtn: Spartans and Little Rainbow Loop

5.9 mi 9.5 km 454' Up 138.34 m Up 455' Down 138.56 m Down

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

S-Mtn Chicken for Dinner

9.7 mi 15.7 km 903' Up 275.1 m Up 902' Down 275.05 m Down

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

Salida Mountain Trails - Quick Tour

3.7 mi 6.0 km 516' Up 157.37 m Up 509' Down 155.11 m Down

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

S-Mtn Tech Gnar Ride

10.4 mi 16.7 km 1,813' Up 552.67 m Up 1,811' Down 551.89 m Down

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Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Normal Route

89.3 mi 143.7 km 10,212' Up 3112.69 m Up 10,227' Down 3117.33 m Down

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Favorite The new and improved Burnpile offers fantastic features built to get you airborne!
Intermediate

S-Mtn Short Tour

3.5 mi 5.6 km 308' Up 93.77 m Up 308' Down 93.93 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Long Route

105.8 mi 170.3 km 11,781' Up 3590.8 m Up 11,793' Down 3594.38 m Down

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

S-Mtn Dude and Lung

7.2 mi 11.6 km 862' Up 262.77 m Up 862' Down 262.69 m Down

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

Rainbow Riding

24.4 mi 39.3 km 3,078' Up 938.2 m Up 3,080' Down 938.82 m Down

Salida, CO

Trails in Salida - 38

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Chicken Dinner Trail
Intermediate
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2.9 mi 4.6 km #2Cottonwood
Difficult
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Difficult
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2.2 mi 3.6 km #3Rumba Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
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5.1 mi 8.2 km #4Little Rainbow
Easy/Intermediate
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Easy/Intermediate
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3.1 mi 5.0 km #5North Backbone
Difficult
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0.7 mi 1.1 km #6Hooligan
Difficult
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1.2 mi 1.9 km #7Solstice
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
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1.7 mi 2.7 km #8Spartan East
Easy
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Easy
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1.5 mi 2.5 km #9Sand Dunes
Difficult
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Difficult
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2.7 mi 4.4 km #10Beasway Trail
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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0.4 mi 0.7 km #11El Duderino
Very Difficult
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Very Difficult
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #12Spartan West
Easy/Intermediate
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Easy/Intermediate
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2.2 mi 3.5 km #13Sweet Dreams
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
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1.5 mi 2.4 km #14Rusty Lung
Intermediate
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0.8 mi 1.3 km #15Uncle Nazty
Very Difficult
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Very Difficult
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0.4 mi 0.6 km #16Dude Abides
Difficult
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Difficult
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1.1 mi 1.7 km #17Sol Train East
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
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1.5 mi 2.4 km #18Race Track
Easy/Intermediate
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Easy/Intermediate
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0.7 mi 1.1 km #19Burn Pile
Intermediate
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0.5 mi 0.8 km #20Pauli
Difficult
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Difficult
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Photos of Salida - 93

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Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
The new and improved Burnpile offers fantastic features built to get you airborne!
Jan 30, 2017 near Salida, CO
One of the many technical drops on Uncle Nazty trail.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
Sunset on North Backbone.
Nov 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
It's steeper than it looks!
Feb 15, 2017 near Salida, CO
Get out and fat bike on North Backbone!
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
Plenty of pink granite around you and under the wheels on North Backbone.
Mar 31, 2014 near Salida, CO
Riders on the new lower extension of Rusty Lung.
Nov 12, 2018 near Salida, CO