Winter Park is proud to hold the trademark of Mountain Bike Capital USA – and zealously delivers on the title!
What sets the mountain biking in Winter Park apart from the rest of the country? To start, there are over 600 miles of mountain bike trails to explore, two nationally recognized, award winning downhill bike parks, and the perfect summer climate to get out and break a sweat while enjoying the Rocky Mountain scenery.
Learn more about the best Winter Park mountain bike trails and all the two wheeled action in and around Winter Park below.
Click Here For The Winter Park Bike Trail Map, and see below for our top picks for Winter Park & Fraser mountain.
Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort has soared to the top ranks of US Downhill Mountain Bike Parks, drawing international acclaim and pulling in pro riders from around the globe during big name events like the Colorado Freeride Festival.
Click here for the Trestle Bike Park Trail Map below to learn for more on Winter Park’s Trestle Bike Park.
Just like ski trails, the biking trails are color rated to show the difficulty rating, green trails are the easiest, blue trails are intermediates, and black trails are the most difficult. Less experienced riders love trails like Green World, Free Speech and Jury Duty, while advanced downhill bikers have a feast of fun on offer on trails like Trestle Downhill, Rainmaker, Boot Camp and Banana Peel.
To see the full trail map, CLICK HERE.
There are a number of different ticket options for Trestle Bike Park, but the best deal is to advance purchase (at least 48 hours in advance) a full day adult lift ticket for $44. This will give you unlimited access to the three lifts that service the 40+ miles of downhill happiness.
If like us, you plan on riding Trestle Bike Park a lot this summer and have a Winter Park Ski Season Pass, you can recharge your ski pass with the Trestle Season Pass Add-On for unlimited summer riding for just $269.
If you’re planning to ride downhill, you need to have the proper equipment. Don’t risk injury or harm to others by bringing a short travel bike on the lifts – it won’t be fun and will likely result in it (or you) sustaining some damage.
Instead, head to the Trestle Bike Park Shop just next to the Zephyr Express Lift at Winter Park Resort and get yourself some brand new, top of the line gear at a reasonable rate. Advance book a full bike package (at least 48 hours in advance) for the best deal, which is $117 for a full day, or $81 for a half day.
The full bike package includes a full face helmet, Fox Titan Sport Jacket (or Fox Launch Pro Elbow Pads), Fox Launch Pro knee/shin pads , Fox dirtpaw gloves, and of course a long travel, quality downhill mountain bike.
Can beginners do Downhill Mountain Biking?
Yes, there are some beginner friendly trails such as Green Horn-It and Green World that are suitable for beginner mountain bikers who possess basic skills like turning, breaking and shifting. We highly recommend that all first time downhillers take a lesson with the Trestle Bike School to get some great tips on conquering the the Trestle trails safely.
What type of bike do I need?
We definitely recommend a long travel downhill bike for riding at Trestle Bike Park. You can rent a downhill mountain bike, plus helmet and full body protection from the Trestle Bike Store at Winter Park Resort – see Downhill Mountain Bike Rentals section above.
Can you take a downhill bike lesson?
Yes, there’s a great team of coaches at Trestle Bike School who can give you an introduction to Downhill Mountain Biking lesson, or help you master specific skills and trail elements on a private coaching session. Call the Trestle Bike School at 800.979.0328 for further information and pricing.
Are there any free biking trails?
There is a free beginner trail called Green Horn-It that runs from the top of the Cabriolet lift (near the Vintage Hotel) down into the Base Village. This short, smooth singletrack trail winds down the hillside with some gently bermed switchbacks. There is also a small, free pump track just off of the Green Horn-It trail.
If you have a bike rack on your car, there are even more awesome mountain bike trails within a 15 minute drive of Winter Park; click below to learn more.
As Trestle has become such a sensation in recent years, Granby Ranch has become a a bit of a secret stash, drawing hard-core downhillers form all over the country looking gnarly, pro-level riding with a little less traffic.
Trail passes are available to outside guests for $10 per day.
The YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch is located between Tabernash and Granby and is another nordic center with a nice variety of trails for mountain biking.
The ‘Y’ allows outside guests to purchase a $15 day pass which allows you access to all the trails, olympic size swimming pool, gym & more. They also have cross country mountain bikes available for rental.
This riding is typically more raw, and challenging then the Winter Park/Fraser trails with little or no signage…this means less traffic on the trails, and a more grass-roots style of biking.
The most popular trail in the Meadow Creek area is an out and back lollipop ride to Strawberry Lake. This beautiful trail begins at the High Lonesome Hut parking area on the County Road 84/FSR 128 to Meadow Creek Reservoir and as a full out and back covers about 12 – 16 miles (longer if you ride around the lake) of intermediate level trails.
Due to its remote location, you’ll want to pack plenty of food, water and bike repair kit. There’s also a good chance that you’ll spot some wildlife on the trail (not to mention the incredible wildflowers and lake views) so be sure to pack a camera too.