Short Bike Rides in Colorado Guide Book

by Michael Leccese (The Globe Pequot Press)
Short Bike Rides in Colorado  by Michael Leccese

224pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 1564406407

Whether you ride a mountain bike, a road bike, or a hybrid, great cycling is always within reach in Colorado. With its spectacular mountain views, beautiful aspen groves and shimmering rivers and mountain streams, Colorado is a glorious state for bicycling. These 30 well-planned tours, which range in length from 8 to 32 miles, will take you along the best stretches of The Centennial State's paved roads, dirt roads and unpaved, single-track mountain-bike paths. Each ride description includes precise directions, excellent route maps, advice on the best type of bike to use on the ride, and details about the points of interest you can see and visit during your trek.

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Trails from the "Short Bike Rides in Colorado" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 30.
... Preview: Your pulse might not quicken at the prospect of flinging a catamaran across a former short-grass prairie. You might view the region's water projects as a three-card monte trick played upon rivers wher ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Denver, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: In a state packed with beautiful hot springs, Strawberry Hot Springs Park is among the choicest. A series of rock pools, waterfalls, and cliffs enveloped by wildflowers and aspens, and a short hike fr ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Steamboat, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: The Black Canyon is the Rockies in reverse. Buried among endless, spare mesas, the canyon is a scenic surprise that guards its secrets until you practically fall into them. This mist-shrouded 12-mile ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Montrose, CO - Road Biking,Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: This tour takes you through the core of Boulder's custom-made bikeways: smooth and sinuous cement paths that emanate from the spine of Boulder Creek. This sojourn across prairie and suburb is a wonder ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Boulder, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 16
... Preview: The Bustop Ride represents the "dark side to Boulder's bicycling force," reported Sports Illustrated in 1993. Not only is it named for the counties only topless bar (waggishly dubbed the Boulder Cente ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Boulder, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 27
... Preview: This is a favorite getaway road-bike for the increasingly urban denizens of Boulder. You'll pass through quiet farm- and ranchland that seems more like a remnant of quieter, more rural times as the Fr ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Hygiene, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 30.6
... Preview: Central City spans the state's extremes of landscape and culture. In a high gulch, against a mantle of pine-and-aspen mountains, honey-colored buildings embraced twisting, narrow lanes. Stone arches a ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Central City, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: Many Coloradoans contend that Crested Butte is the last ski town not wrecked by pretense, rising land prices, and eight-story condos tarted up with quasi-Tyrolean gingerbread. Most of Crested Butte's ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Crested Butte, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: "Denver's getting better" is the mantra you'll hear among boosterish Front Rangers. This ride demonstrates that Denver's cow-town reputation is giving way to big-city panache. One indication: in 1989 ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Denver, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 29
... Preview: Durango is one of several towns in our bike-friendly state that can fairly lay claim to the title “Mountain-Bike Capital of...” The nearby San Juans (formed by volcanoes and perhaps the state's most ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Durango, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 22
... Preview: Fort Collins can be considered great because of its proximity to four wilderness areas and more campgrounds than your likely to find clustered anywhere else. While this is true, the city's worth visit ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Fort Collins, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: Not far from Durango, the Anasazi Indian ruins at Mesa Verde National Park attract 700,000 visitors a year. So a Mesa Verda ride is not recommended. But there's another road that you can ride directly ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Durango, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 19
... Preview: Glenwood Springs became a premiere destination, thanks to its proximity to lots of mineral springs flowing from limestone formations. Located between the Flat Top Mountains and a dramatic canyon at th ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Glenwood Springs, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 16.3
... Preview: Janus-faced Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the U.S. at 10,152 feet, remains a regal boom-bust town. Things are pretty quiet here. One attraction is its huge, gaudy Victorian historic dist ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Leadville, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 27
... Preview: "Be sure to start this ride at the south end and ride from south to north", say the locals. Do that and you will head up the slightly rocky, unpaved road. And up. And still farther up. You'll climb fo ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Silverton, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 21
... Preview: Most mountain biking in Colorado is seasonal, because the best high-country trails are snowed and iced over from November to April. This is not the case at Lory State Park. Just west of Fort Collins, ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Fort Collins, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: Buena Vista is a friendly river, mining, and railroad town in the Arkansas Valley. Though the Arkansas River draws at least 100,000 rafters and kayakers a year and the adjacent Collegiate Peaks are so ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Buena Vista, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 19.3
... Preview: The mountain/mining town of Ouray (elevation 7,750 feet) is so high that people say they can only grow rhubarb in their vegetable gardens. Yet columbine sprouts like a weed in sidewalk cracks. A self- ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Ouray, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 22
... Preview: Running from Central City north to Estes Park, the 55-mile Peak to Peak Highway comprises some of the state's most bracing scenery, including Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks Wilderne ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Raymond, CO - Road Biking - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: Here's a ride that offers a bit of everything: a ride up the geologically unique Chalk River Valley, a touch of single-track, a smooth glide down two-lane blacktop, a hike up to some misty falls, and ... From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Colorado"
Salida, CO - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10.2