Get Some Fresh Air On These Mountain Bike and Road Bike Trails
There’s no better way to enjoy the fresh air and great outdoors than on a bike. Whether you’re into mountain biking or road biking, Vail has some spectacular trails for you! There are a wide variety of options when it comes to both the skill and fitness levels required. Here are some of our favorite Vail mountain and road bike trails, from epic downhills to long-distance pursuits and everything in between.
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Cruise Along the Best Vail Mountain and Road Biking Trails
Mountain Biking in the Valley
Take a Gondola Ride
Vail Mountain is home to some of the most fun trails in the valley. The best part is you can take a scenic gondola ride up the mountain to save your energy for the ride back down (gondola bike haul fees apply). The Eagle Bahn Gondola and Gondola One allow mountain bike hauling, and Lodge at Lionshead is conveniently located just 100 yards from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. You can even traverse from one side of the mountain to the other.
Dirt Access Roads & Single-Track Trails
If this is your first mountain biking experience, Vail has more accessible routes down its dirt access roads that are wider and mellower but still an excellent adventure. If you’re looking for a more exhilarating thrill, check out single-track trails like Lion Down, Hank’s Hideaway, and Big Mamba.
Biking in Avon, CO
Another great spot for mountain biking is just 10 minutes from Vail in Avon, CO. The West Avon Preserve is a trail system consisting of more difficult and advanced single-track trails. Just a few miles further down the road, Edwards, CO, has the Berry Creek Trail, which is excellent for novice and intermediate riders. You can ride to the top on a wide dirt road and take a single-track trail down.
Adventures in Eagle, CO
If you’re willing to go further down valley, Eagle, CO, has beginner to advanced mountain biking trails for all levels of experience and adventure. Be ready for some uphill stretches before you enjoy the ride down. You can expect a 25-30 minute drive to the trailheads. Boneyard and Haymaker are two favorites.
Road Biking in Vail
One of the most popular rides for road bikers is Vail Pass. Whether you want to do the challenging ride up or simply drive to the top and cruise down, both are great options! Several biking outfitters here in Vail offer special packages that include bike rentals, a shuttle ride to the top of the pass, and any gear needed for this adventure; some even have a guide to ride along! If you plan on riding up, head east on the South Frontage Road from Lodge at Lionshead to East Vail. From East Vail, there is 1,831 feet in elevation gain along an 8.7-mile path to the top of Vail Pass. You can also continue over the pass to Copper Mountain or Frisco before turning around to come back to Vail.
If you’re not feeling that ambitious, you can ride the Gore Valley Trail to East Vail and back. From Lodge at Lionshead, ride straight through Vail Village to get to the path. This is one of the most beautiful rides in the area, with scenery including wildflowers, meadows, beaver ponds, rivers, and aspen groves. It is only about six miles, but we guarantee it is worth it!
By the Water
Heading west from Lodge at Lionshead, the Gore Valley Trail follows Gore Creek to West Vail and continues down valley to Avon, Edwards, and beyond. Eagle County really is the perfect destination for road bikers as there are nearly 58 miles of paved path to ride on.
Useful Tips for Your Ride
- Don’t worry if you can’t bring your own bike. The many bike outfitters in Vail have high-quality rentals for mountain and road bikers and accessories like Burleys for the kids.
- While many bike shops offer transport and rentals for Vail Pass tours, the only guided tour option is through Venture Sports. You can also shuttle your own vehicle to the top of the pass.
- Don’t forget sunscreen, a water bottle, a helmet, and your sense of adventure! If you don’t have a helmet, those can be rented as well.
- If you need directions to any of these trails, just ask us at our concierge desk.
- If you stop anywhere along the way, don’t forget to lock your bike up!
Make Yourself Right at Home at Lodge at Lionshead
Stay near all the best Vail mountain and road biking trails, in luxurious accommodations, at Lodge at Lionshead. We offer an impressive selection of studio or multi-bedroom condos and lofts that are perfect for your visit. Each accommodation is uniquely appointed with elegant decor and offers everything from fully equipped kitchens to cozy furnishings. Our friendly on-site staff is always happy to assist you in any way to ensure that your stay is one you’ll remember for a lifetime!