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Southwest - Telluride


Type: Mountain Bike
Start elevation: 9,540 ft.-Mountain Village Station
Highest elevation: 10,535 ft-St Sophia Station
Climbing: Over 1,000 ft.- Bike Park only.
Distance: Roughly 3 miles- Bike Park only
Additional distance: Over 29 miles- Via Free Gondola in and around the town of Mountain Village.
Additional Climbing: Over 2,240 vertical ft. on mountain.

Telluride and Mountain Village are nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado and the surrounding terrain is like no other in the state. Here you will find high altitude living at its peak. When the snow melts and the rivers swell new life grows from the alpine landscape; and along with the wild flowers mountain biking reaches a new high. Telluride is unique in the way it welcomes riders. The town of Telluride and the town of Mountain Village are connected by a Gondola that is free, yes I said FREE. Open from 7:00 am til midnight every day (weather permitting) shuttling riders and visitors from top to bottom. Once on top at an altitude of 10,535 ft. above sea level, many riding options are available. Mountain Village Bike Park will keep you on your game, featuring trails from 150 ft. long 1.5 miles that will test your abilities. Mountain Village held the World Cup Down Hill in 2002 and part of this trail has been maintained for use to this day. Along with the World Cup trail, No-Brainer is a must ride. It is part of a Super-D course, basically a fast XC downhill trail. Any rider can execute it along with T-Bone and Pan Coaster Trail. There is additional riding on well marked trails such as Prospect Trail (10 miles of singletrack) traversing the mountain and opening up access to other trails along the way. The Basin Trail covers 6 miles and offers 2,240 ft. of climbing or descending. The Boomerang Trail to the Valley Floor is a one mile steep trail that will drop you 700 ft to the edge of town and intersects the River Trail at the bottom. The River Trail is an easy 2 mile ride that parallels the San Miguel River into town. River Trail will continue past Telluride Town Park and onto the Idarado Legacy Trail which leads to the end of the canyon and Bridal Falls.

Telluride/Mountain Village offers every rider (including all skill levels) and the entire family the chance to experience mountain biking in a high country setting with views of mountains, rivers, wildlife, and vibrant wildflowers. You may find yourself having to stop along the trail, not to wait for any riders of the group, but to absorb the spectacular landscape that is Telluride.

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