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Road Bike Route List

This is a short and sweet loop when you need to squeeze a ride in after work or at lunch. Short and mostly flat, it’s easy and you can do laps if you need a bigger ride.

The Salida Trail is a paved bike path that leads through several sections of town and offers a ride suitable for nearly anyone on any type of bike. Ride it for an introduction to the community’s neighborhoods and history. Share the trail with walkers, dogs on leashes and…

Buena Vista to Leadville follows US 24 straight up the north end of the Arkansas River from Buena Vista to Leadville. It’s a classic road ride that climbs gradually but steadily the whole way. Along the route, you parallel the Arkansas River past farms, through a small…

The road from Buena Vista to Twin Lakes climbs gradually but steadily on US 24 along the Arkansas River past valley farms beneath the summits of Mt. Columbia (14,073 ft.), Mt. Harvard (14,420 ft.) and Mt. Oxford (14,153 ft.). After the turnoff west on CO 82, the road traces the…

The Centerville Loop is one of the favorite training rides for local roadies. It starts in downtown Salida and follows the main highway north to Centerville, taking in some serene back roads along the way. This loop offers just enough climbing and descending for a great daily…

Independence Pass Summit leads from the historic town of Twin Lakes to the summit of Independence Pass. Independence Pass is a tough high altitude ride, but absolutely beautiful. From Twin Lakes town, the road climbs steadily and then steeply past beaver ponds and through aspen…

Monarch Pass Summit starts in downtown Salida and heads west to climb a long Colorado classic – Monarch Pass. From Salida, the ride crosses the relatively flat valley floor to Poncha Springs. From Poncha, US 50 heads west up Monarch Pass, a long climb all the way to the…

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Loop starts in downtown Buena Vista and heads south along Highway 285 to Nathrop before turning west toward Mount Princeton. From the hot springs, it climbs a steep ridge before drifting back to Buena Vista on an undulating but primarily downhill run.

This nice ride starts in the small community of Nathrop and heads west into the mountains below the Chalk Cliffs at the base of Mount Princeton. The road continues to the ghost town of Saint Elmo, but the pavement ends before the town. This ride goes all the way to the end of the…

The Poncha Pass Summit goes from downtown Salida to the top of Poncha Pass south of town. From town, the ride crosses the valley floor to the small town of Poncha Springs where the pass starts. As far as Colorado passes go, Poncha Pass is a fairly easy one to summit. 

Need a quick road ride? This is the one – the Salida short loop starts and ends in downtown Salida and follows a mellow route that is as flat as it gets here. This means it climbs and descends only a little, nothing big. The ride follows some of the quiet county roads near…

Salida to Joyful Journey Mineral Hot Springs starts in downtown Salida, climbs over Poncha Pass and descends into the San Luis Valley to Joyful Journey Mineral Hot Springs, one of the best soaking spots in Colorado. It’s a fun ride with the challenge of a small mountain…

Salida to Mount Princeton Hot Springs Lollipop starts in downtown Salida and heads north toward the Mountain Princeton Hot Springs before looping around to Nathrop and heading back to Salida. It’s a “lollipop”. Get it? Basically an out and back ride with a short…

The Salida Trail is a paved bike path that leads through several sections of town and offers a ride suitable for nearly anyone on any type of bike. Ride it for an introduction to the community’s neighborhoods and history. Share the trail with walkers, dogs on leashes and…

Cottonwood Pass Summit goes from Buena Vista to the top of Cottonwood Pass – another classic big mountain pass that climbs to the top of the Sawatch Range. The east side of the pass, the Buena Vista side, is paved and the west side of the pass is still dirt until 2019…

The road from Buena Vista to Salida rolls up and down from one historic downtown to another. The route follows the Arkansas River for part of the way, with beautiful views of the Sawatch Range.

The road from Buena Vista to Twin Lakes climbs gradually but steadily on US 24 along the Arkansas River past valley farms beneath the summits of Mt. Columbia (14,073 ft.), Mt. Harvard (14,420 ft.) and Mt. Oxford (14,153 ft.). After the turnoff west on CO 82, the road traces the…

This is a stunning ride – cyclists in excellent shape can go for the summit and everyone else can simply turn around when they get tired. Be careful on the way down, it’s easy to reach speeds of over 50mph – don’t forget about the switchbacks.