Betasso Preserve

Boulder, Colorado 80305

Betasso Preserve

Betasso Preserve Professional Guide

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"In May 2011 Betasso Preserve added the Benjamin Loop to its lineup, nearly doubling in size the mountain biking accessibility in the area. Riders can choose to ride this route once for a short and sweet romp through some of Boulder County’s sweetest singletrack or ride these loops repeatedly for an extended tour. Combined, the Canyon and Benjamin Loops offer much to riders of any ability. Indeed, my 10-year-old and 7-year-old sons Ethan and Benjamin rode this route with tons of giggles while sharing the trail with adult hammerheads out to crush it.

The wide and smooth singletrack of the Canyon Loop is ideal for beginners wanting to test their singletrack mettle, while the Loop Link and Benjamin Loop deliver somewhat more technical terrain with little margin for error—the trail can be rocky and sandy in spots and is bench-cut on steep slopes. Being so close to Boulder, Betasso Preserve offers an immediate getaway from the hectic pace of Boulder during rush hour."

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"Betasso was Boulder County’s first Open Space purchase in 1976. Before it became open space, it was a homestead and then a ranch owned by the Betasso family, who were originally hard- rock miners. The preserve features scenic vistas, wildflowers, stands of ponderosa pine, and diverse terrain close to Boulder, and it’s a great place to watch sunset colors over Boulder. Bikers can ride to Betasso from the west end of the Boulder bike path and up the steep and difficult Betasso Link Trail. There is also a steep link to the Benjamin Loop from Fourmile Canyon." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Singletrack and doubletrack that rolls over open meadows and hard-packed forest terrain.
Skill Level
45-60 minutes
Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department, Longmont; (303) 678-6200;
Local Contacts
USGS Boulder; Boulder County Parks and Open Space Betasso Preserve map; ZIA Maps: Boulder County Mountain Bike Map, available at select mountain bike retailers; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 29 D-7.
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Dec 2018