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Penitente Canyon

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Sendero Bikes is a full-service, bespoke bike shop and bar/coffee shop in Southern Colorado adjacent to the newly-restored Mellow Moon Lodge, a bike/dog-friendly eco-motel. We focus on certified bicycle service, mountain bike sales, custom builds/ refreshes, and supporting the growing bike culture in our area–hard-tailers, single-speeders, bikepackers, randonneurs, and yes some squishy bikes.

Visiting Tips

Closed to the public October 12th-15th for the 12 Hours of Penitence Race.

Other Activities

If you're into rock climbing, Penitente has a ton of great sport climbing on offer. Check out Mountain Project for all the beta.

Recommended Routes in Penitente Canyon - 3

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Favorite Rock and roll.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sunshine Kitty - Rock Drops Loop

8.1 mi 13.0 km 860' Up 262.1 m Up 865' Down 263.54 m Down

Del Norte, CO
Favorite Rock and roll.
Difficult

12 Hours of Penitence

17.0 mi 27.3 km 1,670' Up 509.07 m Up 1,673' Down 510 m Down

Del Norte, CO
Favorite Descending La Garita Creek Trail.
Difficult

Penitente Canyon Trails - Boot Mountain Loop

45.6 mi 73.4 km 5,212' Up 1588.5 m Up 5,219' Down 1590.89 m Down

Center, CO

Penitente Canyon Biking

  • 98 Miles 157 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 9 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 8 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 7 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Penitente Canyon - 21

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0.8 mi 1.2 km #1Prospect
Easy
Del Norte, CO
Easy
Del Norte, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #2Baseline Road
Easy
Center, CO
Easy
Center, CO
2.8 mi 4.6 km #3Blue Sky Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Del Norte, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Del Norte, CO 16 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #4Capulin Loop
Intermediate
Del Norte, CO
Intermediate
Del Norte, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #5Dollhand Ravine
Easy
Del Norte, CO
Easy
Del Norte, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #6Rock Drops
Intermediate/Difficult
Del Norte, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Del Norte, CO 13 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #7Iglesia de San Juan
Difficult
Del Norte, CO
Difficult
Del Norte, CO
0.7 mi 1.2 km #8Jacarilla
Intermediate
Del Norte, CO
Intermediate
Del Norte, CO
1.9 mi 3.0 km #9La Garita Lookout Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Del Norte, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Del Norte, CO
1.3 mi 2.0 km #10North Witches Canyon Road
Intermediate
Center, CO
Intermediate
Center, CO

Photos of Penitente Canyon - 22

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Epic views on Sunshine Kitty!
Oct 30, 2015 near Del Norte, CO
When you find opportunities to get airborne and sideways on a CLIMB, you're on a good trail and killing it.
May 25, 2016 near Del Norte, CO
A cool "hole in the wall" feature along Sunshine Kitty.
May 25, 2016 near Del Norte, CO
Another view - this time, through the hole!
May 25, 2016 near Del Norte, CO
Blue Sky Loop Trail at Penitente Canyon
Aug 18, 2017 near Del Norte, CO
Rocks, lots of rocks!
Feb 4, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Rock and roll.
Nov 9, 2018 near Del Norte, CO
Rock Drops trail...just one of many optional lines you can find here.  Love this trail.
Oct 4, 2021 near Del Norte, CO