Bobby Noyes of Boulder’s Rocky Mounts gives his expert opinion on the best bike trails in the county. Here’s his recommendations for the best trails for all levels. Grab your mountain bike, your Rocky Mount bike mount, and hit these trails:
Best Beginner Trail- Valmont Bike Park. The trails at Valmont are progressive and designed so bikers can improve and work their way to the more advanced trails. The atmosphere is great–there are riders anywhere from kids to adults riding the trails and ample opportunities for clinics from the resident expert freerider, Lee McCormack. Valmont is open 7 days a week and free for the public, both resident and non-resident.
Best Intermediate Trail- Betasso Preserve. The Betasso trail is a local favorite that winds through the mountains about three miles west of town. The trail is smooth and flowy with beautiful vistas overlooking Boulder County. There are a few options with the Canyon Link Trail and Connector Trail options, so the riding has something for both the beginner and expert. There is no riding Wednesdays and Sundays and usually snowed in November to March.
Best Expert Trail- Hall Ranch. Hall Ranch has multiple loops and trails to choose from. Enjoy a nice climb from the parking lot in Lyons to the top, and choose either the Antelope Trail or the Rock Garden side for the decent. Both are fun, challenging and you will see a lot of friendly trail riders for a great ride. Be sure to stop by Oscar Blues in Lyons after the ride to complete the experience.
For more Boulder trails, check out our Relocation Guide.