Where to Fat Bike

Front Range Fat Biking Trails (within ~2hrs)


A compilation of crowd-sourced data from “Front Range Fattys” and “NoCo Fattys” Facebook Groups. Rider maintained trails create more fat biking opportunities! Submit your favorite rides on this post - share the stoke - keep our trails ridden and packed!

LOCATION: Brainard Lake Area


Trail: Brainard Lake Area (Snowshoe Trail + Others)

Trailhead Location: Brainard Lake Recreation Area

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7002181/brainard-lake-snowshoe-trail

Notes: Lots of good riding to connect in this area as it is heavily trafficked. Refer to MTB project for connecting trails.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Heavy snow area. Needs heavy foot/snowshoe/ski traffic to get a good base. Best a few days after heavy snow. Snow can get very deep.


LOCATION: Peaceful Valley (north of Ward on hwy 72)


Trail: Buchanan Pass

Trailhead Location: Peaceful Valley

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7004373/buchanan-pass-trail-910

Notes: Can be looped with Coney Flats or Middle Saint Vrain. Caution: Heavy moose activity.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Very high traffic from the trailhead. First ½ mile or so stays very well packed. From the intersection of Middle Saint Vrain heading west is one of the first trails in the area to get packed in. Frequently rideable up to Timberline Falls. Beyond that can be hit or miss depending on traffic. Many fat bikers carry snowshoes to work on packing this area in so it can be looped with Coney Flats or Middle Saint Vrain.


Trail: North Sourdough Trail

Trailhead Location: Peaceful Valley

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6310645/north-sourdough-835

Notes: Early in the season is used to connect to Beaver Reservoir road up to Coney Flats and/or descend Cutoff Trail.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Usually the 2nd trail from Peaceful Valley to get packed in. Usually requires 2-3 days after heavy snow to get packed in from foot/snowshoe/ski traffic. Once established it gets fast and fun. Later in the season after more traffic and deeper snow base, rideable trail may continue south of Beaver Res road (inconsistently).


Trail: Coney Flats

Trailhead Location: Near Beaver Reservoir | Ward

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7007770/coney-flats-road

Notes: Can be very well packed. If conditions allow makes for a long loop when connected with Buchanan Pass. Best to start at Peaceful Valley → North Sourdough → Beaver Res Road → Coney Flats → Descend down Buchanan Pass

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Popular ski and snowshoe area due to easy access and relatively mild elevation gain. Gets packed later into the season and the base stays well established. Snowmobilers occasionally access this trail making for great fat biking!


Trail: Middle Saint Vrain

Trailhead Location: Camp Dick (near Peaceful Valley)

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7039676/middle-saint-vrain-road-1141

Notes: Can be very well packed. If conditions allow makes for a long loop when connected with Buchanan Pass. Best to start at Peaceful Valley. Ride west towards Camp Dick. Descend down Buchanan Pass

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Snowmobilers occasionally access this trail making for great fat biking! Not very popular until snowmobiles pack it in.


LOCATION: Estes Park


Trail: Hermit Park

Trailhead Location: Estes Park

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7029710/limber-pine-trail

Notes: DISCLAIMER: Hermit Park closes in the winter. Rideable by fat bike during light/moderate snow and only in the early season. Seasonal closure is weather dependent from around December through March. This is a fee area ($6 as of this writing).

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Very light/minimal traffic. Best to ride after a few inches of snow. Mixed conditions possible (snow + dirt). Expect to break trail.

LOCATION: Nederland


Trail: West Magnolia (soon to be groomed weather dependent!)

Trailhead Location: Nederland

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/2214487/west-magnolia-tour

Notes: Lots of trails stem from this trailhead. Bring MTB project. It’s easy to get lost. Snowpack and conditions can vary.  Proposed grooming info thanks to NATO and Boulder Nordic Club: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd560355.pdf?fbclid=IwAR075H0ct5b-UfPhViburFEF37ED8wZ6wVYzYz8J_clvDD8OW6UPNLj0xHs

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: High foot traffic all season. Trails closest to the parking lot will stay hard packed consistently. The further in you get, the deeper and less packed the snow will be. Grooming should take place once snow base is developed.


Trail: South Sourdough Trail

Trailhead Location: Nederland

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/601233/south-sourdough-835

Notes: Can get windy and snow can get deep.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Moderate foot/snowshoe/ski traffic. High wind area results in high drifts. Aggressive riding and high-float tires recommended.


Trail: Mud Lake

Trailhead Location: Nederland

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7031740/sherwood-from-nederland

Notes: Shorter trail with connection options to Caribou Rd up to 505 to Rainbow Lakes Road.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: High foot traffic area all season. Expect well packed snow.


LOCATION: Jamestown


Trail: Ceran St. Vrain

Trailhead Location: Jamestown

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7010645/ceran-st-vrain-to-miller-rock

Notes: Heavy foot traffic all season. Expect well packed snow until hitting Miller Rock.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Heavily trafficked and popular trail throughout the season.


LOCATION: Breckenridge


Trail: Around 20 miles of singletrack and shuttles available from town. See details below.

Trailhead Location: Breckenridge

MTB Project:https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5566935/turks-trail

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5599300/sallie-barber-road

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5602053/carter-park

...and more

Notes: Lots rideable from (or near) town and shuttles! About 20 miles of groomed singletrack rideable from town and some good fat shuttles — Flumes, V3, Turks, Carter Park stuff etc. French Creek trails Wellington B & B trail to Turks Ex10u8.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Groomed, heavily trafficked, and shuttles! Around


LOCATION: Leadville


Trail: CMC Trails and Mineral Belt Loop (groomed)

Trailhead Location: Leadville

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7010188/winter-ride-big-perm (and more winter-only trails. Check with LBS for more info)

Notes: Check in with Cycles of Life (LBS) for conditions. I think they groom 3 times a week, so it’s good to check in to know when they’re good to go. Ride Mineral CW with a little pop off for some fun in the trees at CMC. You can get like 20 miles of groomers! The east side mining roads are groomed too. Plus turquoise lake. I’d say 40+ miles of groomed stuff. Leadville is a must do.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Consistently groomed.


LOCATION: Pine


Trail: Buffalo Creek

Trailhead Location: Pine

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7008221/mini-tour-of-buffalo-creek

Notes: Not a true “fatbike” destination - although great riding and rideable in all but the heaviest of snow.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Low traffic area and not consistently snow packed. This area is popular for fat bike riding year round. In the winter it will likely be mixed conditions (snow + dirt), but do not expect true snow packed trails. The MTB Project link will get you into the general area. NOT rideable in heavy snow.

LOCATION: Conifer


Trail: Meyers Ranch

Trailhead Location: Conifer

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7011419/meyer-ranch-full-loop

Notes: N/A

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: High foot/snowshoe/ski traffic all season.


Trail: Flying J Ranch

Trailhead Location: Conifer

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3620449/shadow-pine-loop

Notes: N/A

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: High foot/snowshoe/ski traffic all season.

Trail: Staunton State Park

Trailhead Location: Conifer

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/922946/staunton-state-park-full-clockwise-loop

Notes: N/A

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: High foot/snowshoe/ski traffic all season.


LOCATION: Evergreen


Trail: Elk Meadow Open Space

Trailhead Location: Evergreen

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3648013/elk-meadowbergen-peak-loop

Notes: N/A

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: High foot/snowshoe/ski traffic all season.


Trail: Alderfer/Three Sisters/Dedisse

Trailhead Location: Evergreen

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/6040893/alderferthree-sistersdedisse-tour

Notes: N/A

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: High foot/snowshoe/ski traffic all season.

LOCATION: Lyons (weather dependent - usually only rideable after heavy snow and cold - check with Redstone Cycles for conditions)


Trail: Hall Ranch

Trailhead Location: Lyons

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/43824/hall-ranch

Notes: Not rideable all winter long (in the snow that is!) Check with Redstone Cycles for conditions. Bitterbrush will be extra rowdy in the snow.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Only rideable right after heavy snow and consistent cold. South facing elevations melt quickly. This is a rare fatbike opportunity.


Trail: Picture Rock

Trailhead Location: Lyons

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/96222/picture-rock

Notes: Not rideable all winter long (in the snow that is!) Check with Redstone Cycles for conditions.

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Only rideable right after heavy snow and consistent cold. South facing elevations melt quickly. This is a rare fatbike opportunity.

LOCATION: Winter Park/Fraser


Trail: Rendezvous

Trailhead Location: Winter Park

MTB Project: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7000481/rendezvous

Notes: N/A

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Heavily trafficked all season long.

LOCATION: Laramie, WY


Trail: Happy Jack

Trailhead Location: Laramie, WY

MTB Project: https://www.trailforks.com/region/happy-jack/?season=2&fbclid=IwAR1xmiNA13300fuqMqQjDfdW43P4owHiibiubVSim38JvMTK0FcZyOC2xac

Notes: 12 miles of groomed single track. Well worth the drive!

Traffic/Trail Condition Expectations: Groomed and heavily trafficked all season long. Rideable all season.

 

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