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58 mi 93 km of trail 10 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 20 Trails Intermediate Trails 17 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.

Featured Rides in Salida - 10

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

Cottonwood Tour

23.1 mi 37.1 km • Loop • 2,520 ft Ascent 768.17 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

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Favorite Little Rainbow on an early winter day

Methodist Mtn: Spartans and Little Rainbow Loop

5.9 mi 9.5 km • Loop • 454 ft Ascent 138.34 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

( 4 )
Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.

S-Mtn Chicken for Dinner

9.7 mi 15.7 km • Loop • 903 ft Ascent 275.1 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

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

Salida Mountain Trails - Quick Tour

3.7 mi 6.0 km • Loop • 516 ft Ascent 157.37 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

( 15 )
Favorite Soak up the good views on Double Rainbow.

Rainbow Riding

24.4 mi 39.3 km • Loop • 3,078 ft Ascent 938.2 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

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

S-Mtn Tech Gnar Ride

10.4 mi 16.7 km • Point to Point • 1,813 ft Ascent 552.67 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

( 1 )
Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Normal Route

89.3 mi 143.7 km • Point to Point • 10,212 ft Ascent 3112.69 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

( 1 )
Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Long Route

105.8 mi 170.3 km • Point to Point • 11,781 ft Ascent 3590.8 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

( 1 )
Favorite The new and improved Burnpile offers fantastic features built to get you airborne!

S-Mtn Short Tour

3.5 mi 5.6 km • Loop • 308 ft Ascent 93.77 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

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

S-Mtn Dude and Lung

7.2 mi 11.6 km • Loop • 862 ft Ascent 262.77 m Ascent

Singletrack Salida, CO

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Trails in Salida - 32

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1 Chicken Dinner Trail
Salida, CO
2.0 mi 3.2 km Salida, CO
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9 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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Dry - Slick and sandy!
9 days ago
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2.2 mi 3.6 km #3 Rumba Trail
Salida, CO
2.2 mi 3.6 km Salida, CO
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20 days ago
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3.1 mi 5.0 km #4 North Backbone
Salida, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km Salida, CO
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9 days ago
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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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Dry - Well marked, the current trail directions are accurate and easy to follow without the need for a separate map.
1 day ago
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0.7 mi 1.1 km #6 Hooligan
Salida, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Salida, CO
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65 days ago
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1.5 mi 2.5 km #7 Sand Dunes
Salida, CO
1.5 mi 2.5 km Salida, CO
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9 days ago
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2.2 mi 3.5 km #8 Sweet Dreams
Salida, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km Salida, CO
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9 days ago
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1.7 mi 2.7 km #9 Spartan East
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km Salida, CO
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Dry - Well marked, the current trail directions are accurate and easy to follow without the need for a separate map.
1 day ago
0.8 mi 1.3 km #10 Uncle Nazty
Salida, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km Salida, CO
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20 days ago
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2.7 mi 4.4 km #11 Beasway Trail
Salida, CO
2.7 mi 4.4 km Salida, CO
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20 days ago
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1.4 mi 2.3 km #12 Spartan West
Salida, CO
1.4 mi 2.3 km Salida, CO
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Dry - Well marked, the current trail directions are accurate and easy to follow without the need for a separate map.
1 day ago
1.5 mi 2.4 km #13 Rusty Lung
Salida, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km Salida, CO
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Dry
9 days ago
1.5 mi 2.4 km #14 Race Track
Salida, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km Salida, CO
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Dry - Primo riding right now!!
53 days ago
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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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65 days ago
0.7 mi 1.1 km #16 Burn Pile
Salida, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Salida, CO
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9 days ago
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0.5 mi 0.8 km #17 Pauli
Salida, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km Salida, CO
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65 days ago
1.7 mi 2.7 km #18 Lost
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km Salida, CO
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53 days ago
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1.7 mi 2.8 km #19 Backbone
Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.8 km Salida, CO
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9 days ago
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5.9 mi 9.5 km #20 Bear Creek Road (CR101/CR49)
Salida, CO
5.9 mi 9.5 km Salida, CO
All Clear
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Dry - Primo riding right now!!
53 days ago

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