One of the many benefits of living in Buena Vista is the system of excellent trails traversing the Mosquito Range to the east, used by mountain bikers, equestrians and pedestrians alike, beginning right at the two bridges that cross the Arkansas River.
South Fooses Creek is a favorite of Salida and Poncha Springs bikers. It starts as a dirt road with a steady climb. But at the single-track, the fun begins. The single-track is a generally wide trail through aspen and pine.
This segment of the Colorado Trail—Raspberry Gulch to Angel of Shavano—starts midway between Salida and Buena Vista. It offers great views of the valley from a vantage point high up on the Sawatch Range. On the trail, riders pass under lush, green aspen stands and tunnels of pine boughs.
Although it’s rated as advanced, this is one of the best rides in the Buena Vista/Nathrop area. Fat tire enthusiasts will love the single-track that traverses the eastern slopes of Mount Princeton between Frontier Ranch and South Cottonwood Creek.
The Midland Trail is the area's first designated mountain bike trail in Chaffee County. Work on the trail started in 1990 under auspices of the U.S. Forest Service with help of the Bureau of Land Management, town of Buena Vista and volunteers.
Arkansas River: For a ride along the river, turn east on Arkansas Street from U.S. 24, then turn left onto CR 371 where Arkansas Street ends. Alternatively, ride 0.25 mile east from the stoplight at U.S. 24 and Main Street then turn left (north) onto N. Colorado Ave. (N. Colorado becomes CR …
Ranked as one of the premier rides in the state or the country for that matter, the Monarch Crest Trail atop the southern end of the Sawatch Range is an icon in Colorado’s Central Peaks Region.
Salida-area Parks, Open-space & Trails (SPOT) is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that has collaborated with residents and the municipalities of Chaffee County for more than 20 years to improve recreational opportunities, including planning and developing the Salida Trail System.
The Colorado Trail segment from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass is one of the Highlights of the 486 mile long trail. With amazing views, a challenging trail that is always in great shape and many groves of Aspens make this a must-do. The high altitude makes it a tough ride, and also means that …
This lightly used singletrack travels through aspen groves with beautiful meadow crossings. It’s a great place to find solitude on an otherwise busy weekend. This trail is highly recommended in Autumn during the color change.
One of the best trails in the area, when ridden as a loop from Como, it features an extended, but mellow, climb on Boreas Pass Rd, followed by miles of great singletrack back down to town. Due to the high elevation, this ride is generally not open until mid-June or early-July. It is outstand…