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ARKANSAS VALLEY MOUNTAIN BIKING
2011 Edition Now Available!
From Leadville to Salida, here are 58 of the best mountain bike routes in the Arkansas Valley and South Park. With rides ranging from effortless rambles along quiet, scenic roads to hair-raising single-track, there is something for everyone. Compiled in a concise, easy to follow format, this book makes it easy for you to roll into miles of fat tire bliss. Inside are fully documented routes with maps, mileages, elevation graphs, GPS coordinates, and simple directions to the trailhead.
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Be the first of your friends to ride this amazing descent from Marshall Pass. With nearly 5 miles of fast, skinny single-track to tempt you, this line may soon be regarded as the best XC finish for the Crest. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Improved for 2011
Coming to town to race in the legendary LT100? You had better luck getting into the Silver Rush 50? Just visiting and want to try the courses? Check out the scouting routes in the Leadville section of the guide. There you'll find the entire Silver Rush course and an excellent training loop for the LT 100.
As of 7/11/10
3-D Google Earth Controls
New for 2009: 3-D Google Earth controls added to route maps. This gives you the oppurtunnity to scout routes from your desktop at work or at home. Zoom-in and gain a better perspective of trail topography, terrain and other geographical features using the newly embedded Google Earth controls. Click to your favorite routes and give it a try.
These routes are not included in the third edition of Arkansas Valley Mountain Biking. All of these additional routes are are fully documented with free gps files, mileage logs, and topos. Be sure to check back often for additional routes.
Single-track between Twin Lakes and Clear Creek
WELCOME TO THE ARKANSAS VALLEY
Imagine a region central to the some of the best sections of the Colorado Trail, the Rainbow Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. Next, surround that area with the greatest concentration of mountains exceeding fourteen thousand feet in the contiguous United States. Finish that dreamscape with an ideal climate of moderate summer temperatures and brilliant sunny skies.
That's what you will find in Colorado's Upper Arkansas Valley.
Running more than sixty miles from Leadville to Salida, the region is as of yet a little-known fat tire Nirvana. An advanced cyclist can literally spend an entire summer riding and exploring the region without repeating a single route. With routes ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, however, there is enough varied terrain to cater to every skill level.
While the Monarch Crest Trail is the best-known ride in the region, the other major trail systems that thread the Valley offer miles of superb riding. In addition, there are countless miles of old mining routes and rugged jeep trails, all prime for fat tire exploration. Whether you seek the sublime single-track of Salida, the screaming jeep trails of Buena Vista, or the celestial lung-busters of Leadville, this guide will lead you to the best rides in Colorado's Upper Arkansas Valley.
Stomp on those pedals and let it rip!
ArkValleyMTB.com is the only source for finding the best mountain biking in Colorado's Upper Arkansas Valley. Routes and trails in Leadville, Buena Vista, Salida, and South Park, including Monarch Crest Trail options. Whether you seek epic single-track or scenic spins along forested roads, you'll find it here.
Remember: we tell you where to do it, not how. Mountain biking is dangerous and your safety is always your responsibility. Be smart, be safe, and know your limits.
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