TELLURIDE BIKE PARK
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Telluride Bike Park offers a unique and challenging experience. Even our easiest trails require the skills to maneuver your bike over uneven terrain and banked turns while controlling speed. We want you to have the best experience and care about your safety. Please use the right equipment, learn about the trails prior to biking, and ride within your ability. If you’re not sure where to start, please ask a Telluride Resort employee about what trails are right for you. We offer lessons, clinics, and guides for all ability levels, from first time riders to experienced mountain bikers.
Hike smart, find a trail that allows hiking. Note that some of the trails on this map that are open to hikers are also open to bikes in both directions. Please be aware of riders and your surroundings. Please keep dogs on a leash while within the resort boundary. Be respectful and pick up your dog’s waste.
First Timer’s Guide
If this is your first trip to the Telluride Bike Park, please review the information below to ensure you have a great time.
Free Ride Trails
The Telluride Bike Park is a network of gravity-fed, lift-served biking trails within the Telluride Ski Resort. Bike Park trails are designed specifically for bikers ONLY and for downhill riding – no climbing in the bike park! The Village Express (Lift 4) chairlift as well as the Gondola both provide access to Bike Park trails, however Lift 4 provides the best access to ALL bike park trails.
Cross Country Trails
Telluride also boasts an extensive network of cross-country trails that can be accessed from either lift or the base area. Cross-country trails are multidirectional and multi-use, so expect to encounter hikers, uphill bikers, dogs and the occasional horse – be courteous and always yield to hikers and horses.
Guiding and Clinics
You may be thinking, I know how to ride a bike, why would I hire a guide or take a clinic? Downhill biking is similar to skiing or snowboarding, it is a sport that requires a specific set of fundamental skills best taught to first-timer bike park riders by a professional guide. View Clinics & Guiding »
Green circle is our easiest (not beginner).
Blue square is more difficult.
Black diamond is most difficult.
Double black diamond is extremely difficult.
Within the bike park, there are also two categories of trails within the difficulty designations.
Flow trails are wider machine built trails that are smooth and feature man made elements such as jumps, berms, and rollers.
Technical trails are tighter and take advantage of natural features such as roots and rocks, but also have man made elements.
Technical trails are tighter and take advantage of natural features such as roots and rocks, but also have man made elements.
Pre-Ride, Re-Ride, Free-Ride
Start here for a great warm up to the bike park:
|GOLD BUG LOOP
|Gold Bug Loop is a quick loop near the base of the Village Express, great for warming up before hitting the lift or working on some of your bike skills before setting out on the trail. When you’re comfortable here you can hop on the lift and head up to Tommyknocker
|Tommyknocker, is a freeride trail that is wide and has a mellow pitch, giving you an opportunity to advance your skill set. If this is your first time riding the Telluride Bike Park, we highly recommend hiring a guide or participating in a clinic.
Ride Smart (Pre-Ride, Re-Ride, Free-Ride)
Whether this is your first time riding a bike park or you’re a seasoned veteran, make sure you slow down before you speed up. Trail conditions can change every day. Riding a trail multiple times allows you, the rider, to become familiar with the trail and features along with the equipment you are using. This will allow you to comfortably increase your skills without exceeding your limits.
Equipment Policies and Recommendations
- Helmets are required when riding the bike park. A full face helmet is highly recommended.
- Eye protection, body armor, and gloves are highly recommended.
- The trails at the Telluride Bike Park are specifically designed to be ridden on modern full suspension mountain bikes. Hard tail and rigid mountain bikes are not forbidden but not recommended within the bike park.
- Due to the gravity fed nature of downhill bike parks, disc brakes are highly recommended for adequate stopping power. Rim brakes, not recommended in the bike park, will increase fatigue for the rider and have limited stopping power. Bikes with coaster brakes are not allowed in the bike park.
- Uphill riding is not allowed in the bike park.
Mountain biking involves risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others. Know and follow the code. It is your responsibility.
- STAY IN CONTROL You’re responsible for avoiding objects and people.
- KNOW YOUR LIMITS Ride within your ability. Start small and work your way up.
PROTECT YOURSELF Use an appropriate bike, helmet and protective equipment.
- INSPECT AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT Know your components and their operation prior to riding.
- BE LIFT SMART Know how to load, ride and unload lifts safely. Ask if you need help.
- INSPECT THE TRAILS AND FEATURES Conditions change constantly; plan and adjust your riding accordingly.
- OBEY SIGNS AND WARNINGS Stay on marked trails only. Keep off closed trails and features. Ride in the direction indicated.
BE VISIBLE Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, feature, landing or are not visible.
- LOOK AND YIELD TO OTHERS Look both ways and yield when entering or crossing a road or trail. When overtaking, use caution and yield to those ahead.
- COOPERATE If involved in or witness to an incident, identify yourself to staff.
If you are not completely familiar with your bike and its various components, these checklist items, or if you have any doubt as to your bike’s condition, we highly recommend you check with a qualified bike mechanic for further advice.
- Ensure helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted. Helmets are required to ride on Telluride Ski Resort.
- Inspect bike frame for cracks, damaged or dented areas.
- Ensure you have sufficient brake pads to stop your bike while descending.
- Front and rear axles should be tight.
- Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
- Check that your tires are in good condition, with no tears or cuts, including the sidewall.
- Handlebar and handle grips must be tight
Freeride trails are often wider than Technical Trails, containing constructed enhanced/modified terrain, obstacles, and features such as jumps, berms, banks, bridges, drops, etc. created from dirt, wood or other materials. Trails may be hand- and/or machine-built and are most commonly designed to be ridden downhill.
|Tommyknocker is a freeride trail ideal for novice riders with basic mountain bike skills. Nearly 6 miles of rollers, banked turns, bridges and grin-inducing trail wend through the forest back to the base of the Village Express. Pull-outs and benches along the way offer spots to refuel and take in the amazing vistas of Telluride and the San Juan Mountains.
|GOLD BUG LOOP
|Gold Bug is a quick loop near the base of the Village Express, great for warming up before hitting the lift or working on some of your bike skills before setting out on the trail. Be sure to enlist one of our professional Bike Instructors if you are interested in stepping up your skill to the next level.
|Shift Boss is just over a mile of freeride trail for advanced-intermediate riders. This trail features jumps and snake-like banked turns connecting the top of the Village Express lift to more technical trails on the north side of the Bike Park. All features can be rolled (keeping your tires safely on the dirt), but there is also a lot of opportunity for some air time as you flow into No Brainer for a mix of technical and fast flow back to the base of the Park.
|Ore Hopper is 3.5 miles of fun for advanced-intermediate riders. This trail boasts too many jumps to count, bridges, and great flowy turns through the woods that will ensure a smile is plastered to your face from top to bottom.
|ORE HOPPER CONNECTOR
|Connection between No-Brainer and Ore Hopper.
|Big and Steep. La Cura blends the natural terrain of the mountain with big freeride features. Technical chutes into manicured berms and jumps lead into multiple wood features and bigger jumps. Be prepared for drops, gaps, and committing trail. This is the trail for expert riders progressing to the next level.
XC courses and trails consist of a mix of rough forest paths and singletrack (also referred to as doubletrack depending on width), maintenance roads, and even paved paths connecting other trails.
|From the intersection of Adams Ranch Road and Russell Drive, this easier trail begins on the shoulder. The trail continues below Russell Drive onto a dirt surface and connects with the Meadows neighborhood. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|Beginning at San Sophia Station, this trail forks with the Sheridan Trail and continues left, past the snowmaking storage ponds and gate, for six miles on a dirt ski service road. There are 2,240 feet of steep climbs and descents past the top of Lift 5, the bottom of Lift 14, past Lift 12 and down through the ski area to connect with Prospect Trail. Multi-use trail, hikers and vehicles may be encountered.
|Beginning on the south side of Country Club Drive in Mountain Village, this refreshing 0.5-mile trail winds down 200 feet and ends at Big Billie's Apartments in the Meadows neighborhood. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|From Lost Creek Lane near Mountain Village Center, this trail begins on a paved surface and continues to Market Plaza. Once at Market Plaza, the paved trail becomes a natural surface trail and continues west towards Highway 145 and the entrance to the Town of Mountain Village. Watch for signage and pedestrian crossings. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|Beginning and ending at San Sophia Station and with an elevation change of 170 feet, this dirt ski service road is a short loop starting from and returning to San Sophia Station. It crosses over Telluride Trail, Lookout and Milk Run ski trails and serves as bike access for the See Forever Trail. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|This scenic trail begins on the north side of Country Club Drive in Mountain Village and to the left of the Boomerang Trailhead, then follows the ridge west and 300 feet down into the Meadows neighborhood. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|Starting in the Meadows neighborhood in Mountain Village, just up the road from where Adams Ranch Road crosses Prospect Creek and half a mile west of Big Billie’s Apartments, this trail drops 200 feet to the Lawson Hill neighborhood and Highway 145. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|This trail begins at San Sophia Station and continues to the right, where the trail forks near the top of Lift 4. It then follows a dirt ski service road to the winding, steep and paved San Joaquin Road, one mile from Mountain Village Boulevard. Vehicles may be encountered. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|From San Sophia Station, this rolling three-mile descent crosses several ski trails with great views to the west while traversing through aspen and spruce-dominated drainages. After crossing Prospect Creek Drive, this trail descends into a creek bottom, crossing the wetland on a boardwalk, and then continues down and connects with the Boulevard Trail, providing access to Market Plaza and Mountain Village Center. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|Beginning on the north side of Country Club Drive in Mountain Village and to the right of the Jurassic Trailhead, this steep one mile trail descends through the Uncompahgre National Forest to the Valley Floor below. Expect a 700-foot elevation change. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|This trail begins at San Sophia Station and traverses across numerous ski trails under Lifts 4 and 5 and into Prospect Creek. After crossing Prospect Creek, the trail climbs through dense forest to the top of Lift 10. This trail then continues two ways: either along the upper loop through Prospect Basin or a shortcut past the yurt and the top of Lift 10 before the descent begins to Market Plaza. For a longer hike or bike, Prospect Trail also connects with the Boomerang Trail which leads to Alta Lakes and the Magic Meadows trail. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|The hiking-only portion of this trail starts 0.2 miles south of San Sophia Station. For bikers, the access point to the See Forever Trail is from San Sophia Station via the Short Loop Trail. Steep and strenuous, this dirt ski service road climbs along the ridgeline 1,710 feet in 2.8 miles to the Wasatch Connection Trailhead. Vehicles may be encountered. With 360 degree views of surrounding mountain ranges and peaks, this trail is often combined with the Wasatch Connection to the Wasatch Trail to form an all-day, 8.3-mile, 3,510-foot steep descent onto Bear Creek Trail, leading into the Town of Telluride. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
|This steep and rocky trail connects the See Forever Trail to the Wasatch Trail that leads to the Bear Creek Trail. The Wasatch Connection drops off the back side of Gold Hill. Combine these trails for an arduous, day-long adventure. Multi-use trail, hikers may be encountered.
Technical Trails are often relatively narrow and contain features and characteristics found naturally occurring on the area property, its slopes, trails, and terrain. Technical Trails may contain roots, gravel, rocks, logs, water crossings, jumps, drops and other natural characteristics and obstacles found in the natural environment, and may also include some man-made obstacles and bridges. Technical Trails may be designated for one-way or bi-directional travel.
|Moderate slopes featuring a smooth, rolling and curvy trail. Runs from the top of the Bike Park at Station St. Sophia, to the bottom at the Mountain Village Core.
|Steep slopes featuring tight tree lines and several wooden features. Forks off the T-Bone Trail, reconnecting after 0.1 miles.
|Steep slopes with multiple trail routes that feature small jumps, drops and rock gardens as you weave through aspen groves. Forks off the No-Brainer Trail 0.3 miles from the Bike Park entrance.
|Advanced Technical Trail spur extending from Gold Rush. A more advanced option with plenty of rocks and steep single-track for those pushing their limits and technical trail lovers.
|Steep slopes featuring berms and jumps flowing in and out of trees. Begins at the road gap adjacent to the World Cup Trail.
|Another option extending from Gold Rush. A steep rock garden leads to single-track and some jumps before re-connecting with Gold Rush.
|This spur from Tommyknocker introduces riders hoping to progress their skills to technical trail riding at the Telluride Bike Park. The trail is tighter, steeper, and features both natural and man-made features. Scrub your speed, bend your knees and elbows, and get technical on this short, action-packed trail.
|Moderate slopes with weaving turns through the trees. Forks off from the No-Brainer Trail and reconnects after 0.3 miles.
|Fun, tight, single-track option connecting World Cup to Pancoaster. Skip the Yurt and Catalina drops and ride to lower Pancoaster before hooking up with No-Brainer on the way back to the bottom of the lift.
|Very steep and very technical trail featuring jumps, drops, gaps, and committing descents. Spurs off No Brainer about 0.4 miles from the entrance to the Bike Park from the Gondola.
No biking is permitted on these trails.
|Camel’s Garden trail is a quick intermediate connection between the lower portion of the Bear Creek Trail to the Telluride Trail. This connection crosses a couple creeks and offers hikers a great escape into the solitude of the forest very close to the Town of Telluride.
|Beginning at San Sophia Station, this two mile trail drops 1,000 feet to Mountain Village Center Station and Mountain Village Center. With its valley views and peaceful switchbacks throughout the aspen forest, and benches to rest while taking in the surroundings, this trail is a local favorite. Do watch for a fork in the trail about 0.2 miles below the radio tower as the route to the right is more rocky and steep.
|Accessing this trail from either the Town of Telluride or off Coonskin Loop Trail in the Town of Mountain Village makes no difference: either way it's 2.6-miles of steep, rocky terrain only accessible on foot. This trail follows a dirt ski service road from San Sophia Station 1,800 feet down to the Town of Telluride. Vehicles may be encountered.
Bike Park FAQs
HOW MUCH ARE BIKE PARK SEASON PASSES?
- $395 Adult Bike Park Pass (ages 19+)
- $245 Youth Bike Park Pass (ages 18 and under)
HOW MUCH ARE UPGRADES FOR WINTER 23.24 PASS HOLDERS?
- $150 Youth Winter Pass Holder Upgrade (ages 18 and under)
- $225 Adult Winter Pass Holder Upgrade (ages 19+)
ARE HALF DAY LIFT TICKETS OFFERED TO ACCESS THE BIKE PARK?
Yes, we offer a Half Day AM/PM Lift Ticket
- Half Day AM Ticket 9am -1pm
- Half Day PM Ticket 1pm-5pm
DO YOU REQUIRE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS FOR LIFT TICKETS OR SEASON PASSES AT THE BIKE PARK?
No, advance reservations are not required, however; purchasing in advance affords pre-fulfillment options and expedited redemption upon arrival.
ARE SINGLE-USE BIKE PARK TICKETS RELOADABLE?
Yes, all day ticket options may be reloaded by logging in to your online account here.
CAN YOU ACCESS THE TELLURIDE BIKE PARK FROM THE GONDOLA?
Yes, during bike park hours access from the Gondola at Station San Sophia is permitted with a valid Telluride Bike Park Lift Ticket or Season Pass.
IS MY EPIC PASS VALID AT THE TELLURIDE BIKE PARK?
No, Epic Pass products are not valid at the Telluride Bike Park. Our partnership with Epic Pass products is for winter access only.
WHAT IS THE INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY FOR THE TELLURIDE BIKE PARK?
The Telluride Bike Park operates rain or shine. In the case the Bike Park shuts due to lightning and/or high wind protocols for 60 minutes or more, then guests having 3 or fewer scans have the option to purchase a $25 Inclement Weather Ticket for future use, valid for remainder of summer operating calendar.
ARE E-BIKES OR ONE-WHEELS ALLOWED AT THE TELLURIDE BIKE PARK?
Class 1 e-bikes are allowed on all trails within the resort’s special use permit area, excluding Boomerang and the Wasatch Connection. All other classes of e-bikes, motorized vehicles, one-wheels, other types of motorized devices and unicycles are prohibited at the Telluride Bike Park. TSG reserves the right to modify the list of prohibited devices at this discretion to provide a safe environment for participants.
HOW MUCH IS A LIFT TICKET?
Lift ticket rates vary depending on what date you choose to ride the bike park. Please visit our online store for lift ticket options and daily rates.
WHAT ARE THE 2024 TELLURIDE BIKE PARK’S SUMMER OPERATING DATES AND TIMES?
2024 Summer Season Dates: June 22nd – September 29th (above 7 days/week)
7 days/week: June 22nd – September 2nd
Weekends-only: September 7th – September 29th
Hours of operation: 9am – 5pm
CAN I ACCESS CROSS-COUNTRY TRAILS WITH MY BIKE FROM THE GONDOLA FOR FREE?
No, during Telluride Bike Park operating dates and hours all access from the gondola for any trails within the resort’s special use permitted area (ski area boundary) requires a valid lift ticket or season pass.
HOW DO I BOOK A BIKE PARK GUIDE OR CLINIC?
Please visit our Telluride Bike Park Guides & Clinics page to learn more about available options.
ARE DOGS OR PETS ALLOWED ON THE TELLURIDE BIKE PARK?
No dogs or pets are allowed on the Telluride Bike Park. Please see hiking only or multi-use trails for pet friendly options.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
The Mountain Village Gondola Parking Garage located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd, behind Market Plaza offers paid parking daily. More parking options in Mountain Village »