A guide to great Colorado mountain biking
While Breckenridge offers some of the finest skiing in Colorado during the winter, it comes alive in the summer and fall months with lush meadows, verdant forests and some of the best singletrack any mountain biker could hope for.
From fire roads to rolling cross-country trails, to paved cruiser rides and lift-accessed downhill, Breckenridge and the surrounding valleys serve up literally hundreds of miles of mountain biking options.
New to the sport? No problem. The advantage of riding at a resort like Breckenridge is that we offer complete gear rentals and expert instruction. It’s a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and see an entirely different side of the resort.
Here’s what you need to know before you get rolling:
You’ll need a bike, helmet, a few water bottles (or hydration bladder) and a backpack to carry any other essentials.
The right bike can turn rocky, teeth-chattering trails into a luxurious ride. If you don’t own a mountain bike (or left yours at home), stop by one of the full-service rental shops and we’ll outfit you with everything you need.
Choose your bike style
Mountain bike: Full-suspension bikes roll over most rocks and bumps and handle dirt and tight corners with ease. With gears to make the ride up easier and the ride down faster, this is the best choice if you plan to ride on the mountain.
Comfort cruiser: If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, these are perfect bikes for getting around town or doing a little sightseeing on some of the easy gravel trails.
Cruisers are also great for pulling young kids in a bike trailer (trailers also available for rent).
Junior bikes: Let’s not forget the little ones! We have bikes to fit your children so that everyone can get a great ride in together.
If you’re new to mountain biking or looking to learn more technical lines, we’ve got classes for you. We approach mountain bike lessons in a similar way as ski lessons – we’ll assess your current ability and help you achieve the next level.
Beginner/Intermediate Lessons: If you’ve never ridden a mountain bike (or it’s been a while), we highly recommend this 2.5-hour class to help you gain a better understanding of the basics. This includes:
- Braking (when to use the front and back brakes)
- Managing obstacles
Once you’re comfortable on the bike, you’re ready to test your skills on the mountain.
Your instructor will lead you on some intermediate (blue) trails with some small obstacles, berms and gentle switchbacks that progress downhill, providing guidance and helping you along the way.
You’ll learn at your own speed.
Dirt Girls Sessions: This ladies-only group tour consists of four weekly, ability-appropriate riding sessions. Each week, the guides up the ante and challenge your skills one switchback at a time.
These sessions are led by local women for women who want to ride without pressure from the opposite sex and want to develop a sense of camaraderie with other female bikers.
Learn more here.
Breckenridge has no shortage of singletrack for the novice or the expert. You may find yourself coming back for more each year (or perhaps several times a year).
With so many trails to choose from, we’ve narrowed the field to the “must rides.”
Boreas Pass: Boreas Pass is a great place to warm up and acclimate to the altitude before hitting the more technical stuff. It’s also a perfect spot for beginner-to-intermediate riders.
At just under eight miles, it doesn’t contain anything too technical and has a gentle ascent with some utterly spectacular views of the Tenmile Range along the way.
Breckenridge resort: That’s right: You ride it in the winter, and you can ride it in the summer too!
There are 12 trails available near Peaks 8 and 9 (accessed from Peak 7 in 2014). They range from challenging intermediate rides to highly technical rippers.
If you want to skip the steep climb, you can pay $30 for an all-day bike haul pass, ride the lift up and tear down the trails as many times as you want.
Colorado Trail/Kenosha Pass: If you’re up for a beast of a trail with views that are completely worth it, head out on this 33-mile trek that’s predominantly above tree line.
It’s an all-day, life-changing adventure for experienced riders.
Organize a shuttle from Breckenridge to the start at Kenosha Pass to keep it a one-way haul vs. a round-trip suffer fest.
Mountain biking in Breckenridge is an experience you won’t soon forget. Many of our summer visitors come back year after year to rip down new singletrack the likes of which only Breckenridge can provide.