Although Ouray does not usually come to mind as one of the “hot” mountain biking destinations in Colorado, there are a number of world-class mountain bikers that live in the immediate area and consider it to be exceptional for both beginner and advanced mountain biking enthusiasts.

Whether you want an easy family ride with young children or are looking for a grueling ride that peaks out at 13,000 feet, the San Juan and Cimarron Mountains that surround Ouray on all sides offers unlimited challenges for bikers of all levels.

Here are just a few examples:

Portland Trail: Short and intense single-track (Approx 8 miles—1 to 2 hours)

River Road to Ridgway and back: Easy and scenic over rolling ranchland (Approx. 25 miles)

Town of Ridgway to Ridgway State Park: (paved track): Easy track that meanders between US Highway 550 and the Uncompaghre River and rolls into Ridgway State Park

Dallas Creek Loop: One of our more difficult trails (Approx. 40 miles—3 to 5 hours)

Imogene Pass  & Last Dollar Road Loop: Extremely difficult and long over steep terrain (5 to 10 hours)

mountain biking is fabulous near Ouray motels

Bike riding along the Umcompahgre River in Ridgway, CO

Ridgway Trails:  About 12 miles north of Ouray on Ouray County Road 10, there is a growing network of multi-use, single track trails.  These trails provide very nice rides year-round.   They are on the east side of 550 and utilize land owned by the Ridgway State Park and the BLM.

Lowering yourself into one of our spas and enjoying a relaxing soak in the 108-degree mineral hot springs is a welcome relief when you return to the lodge.

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