Jefferson County MTB Areas
I would probably ride a mountain bike more if it didn’t require so much driving time. But I just like to hop on my bike and go. Maybe if I lived in Crested Butte or closer to the foothills. But for those new to the Denver area, this map shows a few of the Jefferson County Parks and areas that offer MTB opportunities. Links below will take you directly to the individual maps. For directions and very detailed park information, please visit the Jefferson County Open Space page. For some of the parks this is crucial, as management plans in place sometimes limit biking within a particular park to every other day on the weekends. In others, there’s no bikes allowed at all. And in still yet others, you can only go one direction on certain days. For all the management complexity, this is an extraordinary resource to have so close to the metropolitan area.
And it does not even begin to touch the opportunities that open up in and around Waterton Canyon (currently closed for sediment removal from Strontia Springs Reservoir), Arapahoe National Forest and elsewhere. And don’t forget some of the the great guidebooks available: Denver & Front Range, area specific, and statewide. The web offers some interesting options, too. Check out Mountain Bike Project, a partnerhsip with IMBA for solid but not complete statewide coverage.
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