The varied terrain in the state of Colorado attracts thousands of bikers each year. From the desolate desert regions to the majestic Rocky Mountains, cycling trails are in abundance. Many cyclists have their favorites. Some of the most favored destinations exist around the Denver area.


Lookout Mountain

The popular 7.5-mile mountain ascent begins in Golden, Colorado. Cyclists venture south from the downtown area and make a right turn when reaching 19th street. Soon two stone pillars come into view, which denotes the start of the journey to the mountain. During the next five miles, bikers make their way along switchbacks as they ascend. The path journeys beneath the Mount Zion “M” stone and continues to the grave of Buffalo Bill. After another mile, cyclists make a right turn onto Colorow Road, which travels past the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Bikers go back the way they came to Golden.


Lookout Mountain/Kerr Gulch Loop

Ride to the top of Lookout Mountain. Follow the Lookout Mountain Road to the U.S. 40 highway. Head west and ascend to Genesee. Enter the Interstate 70 bike trail and go to El Rancho. Make a left turn onto Rainbow Hill Road and back onto U.S. 40. Make a right turn onto the Colorado 74 road, which is also known as Bear Creek Road. After one mile, make a left turn onto the Kerr Gulch Road. From here, cyclist descends to Kittredge and back to Bear Creek Road and on to Morrison, which is home to the scenic, outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Once through Morrison, take the C470 path to return to Golden. The entre trip spans 35 miles. Cyclists climb 2,000 feet along the way.


Peak to Peak Journey

The 50-mile journey is ideal for taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. The challenging trek begins north of Golden on Colorado 93. The northern route ventures to Golden Gate Canyon Road. The road is challenging with 17 miles of ascending. At approximately 9,300 feet, go north on Colorado 119 for approximately six miles. Take the Beaver Creek Road and head north and turn right onto Colorado 72. Climb 13 miles while going through Coal Creek Canyon and return to Colorado 93 and back to Golden.