Cycling the Colorful Colorado Rockies

Colorado offers endless opportunities for mountain biking, especially in the Rocky Mountains. Most trails are technical but there are also lots of trails that the novice can handle.

The aspens turn bright yellow in late September to early October depending on elevation, adding even more stunning beauty to the mountain scenery.  Kenosha Pass is one of the most popular leaf peeping areas in the state because of it’s location about an hour southwest on US285 from the Denver metro area and the wide panoramas of fall foliage seen there.

The Colorado Trail crosses US285, open to mountain biking here.  The trail that heads west is steeper and more technical, however the eastern side that is open to bikes for its first 6.5 miles is more for the novice.  During peak leaf peeping season, however, expect scores of hikers on the trail, especially on weekends.  Another option is a forest service road that starts here and passes some great aspen stands.

Trailhead for the Colorado Trail at Kanesha Pass.
Trailhead for the Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass.
Colorado Trail with fall color.
Colorado Trail with fall color.
Cycling the Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass.
Cycling the Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass.
A great spot for lunch overlooking the valley.
A great spot for lunch overlooking the valley.
Heading back down the Colorado Trail.
Heading back down the Colorado Trail.
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