What a beautiful way to enjoy the Vail Valley! Whether you ride the bike paths along Gore Creek in Vail or meander nearby Eagle River along Route 6 , there are spectacular places to enjoy. Depending upon your goals, you may even participate in Ride the Rockies, which is a 6 - 7 day tour taking 2,000 riders through several Colorado's gorgeous mountain passes. Whatever you desire, most likely Colorado and the Vail Valley offers it! When you wake up to our glorious sunshine and our cool morning temperatures, it may be a perfect day for a ride! In order for you to make the most of your day, we are providing you with various routes based on experience level. Whether you are looking for beginner, intermediate or advanced rides, we have a few to share!
If you are vacationing and don't have a bike, clothing or proper equipment, don't worry! There are plenty of clothing stores and bike shops that will help you gear up and be properly dressed. I am sure they will be glad to offer pointers as to what food to bring and plenty of water!
Biking doesn't stop here! One of the leading activities in the Vail Valley is mountain biking. Whatever type of biking is for you, there is plenty to explore. Enjoy!
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Road Biking--Beginner Trails
Gore Valley Trail:
Directions: Drive on Interstate 70 to Vail Exit 176 and park at the Lionshead parking structure. Lionshead Village. Eagle Valley Trail to Edwards: Going east will take riders 2.0 miles to Squaw Creek Rd. Be cautious; this area is heavily used by pedestrians Going west will take riders first along the Eagle River and then later along the north side of Highway 6. Avon. Parking is available in the Edwards Riverwalk Center.
Beaver Creek to Eagle:
The Avon to Eagle ride is a smooth ride west along the Eagle River passing through Edwards and Wolcott on U.S. Highway 6. Cyclists will ride along rolling flat terrain past the interstate bridge near Wolcott, then continue another 10 miles toward Eagle. Directions: Drive west on Interstate 70 to Avon Exit 162. Go south on Avon Road to the Beaver Creek parking lot.
Road Biking--Intermediate Trails
Vail to Vail Pass:
The Vail Pass ride begins at the frontage road at the Vail parking structure. Ride east on the frontage road and cross under the East Vail exit. As you merge with Bighorn Road start ascending to the Gore Creek Campground around 2.4 miles where the road is closed to traffic by a gate. Beyond the gate, the old road to the pass begins to climb.The path eases at one point as riders roll along Black Gore Creek. The creek traverses through aspen and pine groves, and at two miles, riders will pass Two Elk trail. Riders will turn right at the sign and off the old highway onto the paved bike path that heads to Vail Pass summit. There, riders will bike downhill briefly, crossing Polk Creek bridge and going through an underpass. Riders then will climb a short, steep ascent after the underpass and then begin to climb steadily parallel to Interstate 70.Riders will stay right and at about 7.9 miles, cyclists will encounter several climbing curves that lead to the last ascent to Black Lake. The bike path joins a Black Lake access road, a short gradual climb to the summit, followed by a quick ride to the Vail Pass Summit Rest Area.Directions: Drive west on Interstate 70 to Vail Exit 176. Parking is available at the Vail parking structure.
Battle Mountain Hill Climb:
The Avon to Battle Mountain begins on U.S. Highway 6 at the free parking lot for Beaver Creek. Cyclists will turn right and head east on the highway along a straight path that passes several condominiums and business districts until reaching the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and 24 at Interstate 70. Riders will continue straight, merging into and passing through the historic town of Minturn and should be ready for a climb up the highway toward Battle Mountain.Directions: Drive west on Interstate 70 to Avon Exit 162. Go south on Avon Road to the Beaver Creek parking lot.
Avon to Wolcott Pass:
Start at the Beaver Creek Elk Lot and ride west along US Highway 6 for about 11 miles to Wolcott. Enjoy the scenic Eagle River on the approach to the intersection of US Highway 6 and State Highway 131. Turn right and head north on Highway 131 for another 9 miles to Wolcott Divide. Turn around here and return the same way while enjoying views of the Sawatch Mountains and the Holy Cross Wilderness.Directions: Drive west on Interstate 70 to Exit 162 Avon. Turn south on Avon Road to U.S. Highway 6. Parking is available at the Beaver Creek Elk Lot.
Road Biking--Advanced Trails
Vail Classic Leadville Loop:
80 miles. Begin riding west on the South Frontage Road from the Lionshead parking structure. Cyclists will continue straight on the frontage road to West Vail, riding under the interstate bridge, until the frontage road comes to a dead-end. The road then turns into the bike path along Gore Creek. Cyclists will turn left onto U.S. Highway 6 and 24 toward Minturn, Red Cliff and Leadville. The highway takes riders over Battle Mountain Pass, Camp Hale and then over Tennessee Pass (10,424 feet). At the intersection of Highway 24 and Highway 91 turn left and ride towards Copper Mountain. Riders will gradually climb over Fremont Pass (11,318 feet) before descending towards Interstate 70. At the entrance of Copper Mountain Resort turn left and follow the signs to the Vail Pass bike path. The path begins next to the horse stables. Riders will then grind their way up and over Vail Pass (10,666 feet). The descent will begin just beyond the rest area, as the route passes Black Lakes. The views of the Gore Range will be awesome as riders head down into East Vail. Continue to following the route as it changes to an old road. Ride another 2.15 miles from Gore Creek campground to the end of Bighorn Rd. Turn left onto the Gore Valley Trail and follow the paved bike path back to Vail and the start of the ride.Directions: Drive west on Interstate 70 to Vail Exit 176. Turn right at the roundabout onto South Frontage Road to the Lionshead parking structure.
Bellyache Hill Climb:
The Avon to Bellyache Road ride begins west of U.S. Highway 6 alongside the Eagle River. Continue along the highway past Edwards and cross under the Interstate 70 bridge toward Wolcott, at about 10 miles. If cyclists pass the Wolcott Yacht Club, they’ve gone too far.Riders should turn left at the Interstate 70 intersection at Highway 6 and continue up the road, pedaling under the bridge and past the Lazy J Ranch in Wolcott. The road turns into Bellyache Ridge Road and the climb begins. Bellyache is not for the faint of heart. The road winds uphill past Red Sky Ranch for about six miles. About five miles up riders will be able to see Eagle County at its best. On a clear day, cyclists can see all the way to Summit County. Directions: Drive west on Interstate 70 to Avon Exit 162. Go south on Avon Road to U.S. Highway 6. Parking is available at the Beaver Creek East Day Lot.
Colorado Eagle River Ride: 102 miles.
The Colorado Eagle River Ride (a.k.a The Burns Loop) starts at the East Beaver Creek Day lot. The first part of the 100-mile bike ride heads west along U.S. Highway 6 and the Eagle River through Edwards. About 11 miles from Edwards, riders will arrive in Wolcott. From here, turn right and head north on U.S. Highway 131 toward State Bridge. Riders will start a short climb after the railroad tracks and then descend toward 4 Eagle Ranch. From 4 Eagle Ranch, riders will gradually start another climb, culminating at Wolcott Divide. From here, the descent is fast into State Bridge. Riders then continue riding Highway 131 through McCoy, looking for a turn left onto Colorado River Road. From here, the road changes to hard-packed dirt for about 20 miles. Road bikes will not have any problems on this section. The scenery is fantastic along the road as it parallels the Colorado River. At 12.5 miles from the intersection of Highway 131, riders will come to Catamount rest stop. This is a good spot to refuel before riding to end of Colorado River Road. Continue from here for another 10 miles to the confluence of the Colorado and Eagle Rivers. Turn left on Highway 6 and ride west. The remainder of the ride is 35 miles along the Eagle River back to Avon. This ride is considered difficult due to its length. In addition, the ride can be hot along western sections of the route in the middle of summer.Directions: Drive west on Interstate 70 to Exit 162 Avon. Turn south on Avon Road to U.S. Highway 6. Parking is available at the Beaver Creek Elk Lot.