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Telluride Bike Park

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the bike park?

  • Telluride is investing over $1MM into a new and expanded Mountain Bike Trail Network – Scheduled to open late June or early July (weather dependent).
  • The NEW Telluride Bike Park will include:
    • New FREERIDE Trails
    • Enhancements to the existing network of TECHNICAL Trails
  • Telluride’s Mountain Bike Trail Network will also include:
    • Enhancements to the existing network of multi-use XC Trails within Telluride Ski Resort’s permit area
  • The Telluride Bike Park will include lift access via Village Express (Lift 4).
  • Telluride Ski Resort will continue to offer access to the XC Trails within the Trail Network for free (see the details below).

What are multi-use XC Trails?

  • XC Trails generally include a mix of rolling terrain, uphill climbs and downhill stretches consisting of multi-use single-track, double-track, and service roads. When biking mountain bikes are recommended, intermediate and expert riders only.
  • XC Trails are open to TWO-WAY TRAFFIC – allowing for hiking and biking – uphill riders and hikers have the right-of-way.

What are the Trail Type definitions within the Bike Park?

  • FREERIDE Trails are flowy, machine-built trails approximately 24 to 48 inches wide for mountain bikes that minimize the need to pedal during the descent. Trails will be of varying difficulty from beginner to expert featuring rollers, jumps, banked turns, and man-made features – full-suspension bikes recommended. ONE-WAY ONLY – descending .
  • TECHNICAL Trails can be machine or hand-built trails with a tread approximately 18-24 inches wide with a difficulty range of intermediate to expert. These trails feature steep sections, through variable terrain featuring jumps, drops, rock gardens, man-made features, and other obstacles – downhill-specific bikes are recommended. ONE-WAY ONLY – descending .

When will the Mountain Bike Trail Network open to riders?

The Telluride Bike Park is scheduled to open July 5, 2019, weather permitting. The XC Trail Network will open as trail conditions permit.

The riding/operating season for the new Bike Park is weather dependent. The season will normally run from the 3rd Saturday in June through Labor Day (Monday), seven days a week operation, with weekend operation through closing day of the Telluride Golf Club (2nd Sunday of October).

Note: Access to the XC Trails in Prospect Basin is closed from May 20th until July 1st annually per TSG’s summer operating plan with the National Forest Service to reduce disturbance of elk during calving season.

What is the operating season for the new Bike Park?

The riding/operating season for the Telluride Bike Park is weather dependent. The Bike Park will be open 7 days a week beginning the 3rd Saturday in June through Labor Day (Monday). After Labor Day the Bike Park will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until the 2nd Sunday in October.

What are the hours of operation for the Mountain Bike Trail Network?

The XC Trails will open at 6:30 a.m. daily. All access will close 30 minutes before sunset. Outside of Bike Park operating hours, XC Trails are accessible via the Gondola at San Sophia Station. Outside of Bike Park operating hours, riders should call 911 in the event of an emergency.

The FREERIDE and TECHNICAL Trails in the Bike Park (including lift access via Village Express – Lift 4) will be open:

July 5 – Sept. 2

  • Opening Day | 10am – 6pm
  • Sunday – Thursday | 10am – 6pm
  • Friday – Saturday | 10am – 4:30pm

Sept. 2 – Oct. 13

  • Weekends Only | 10am – 4:30pm

During operating hours, what additional services will Telluride Ski Resort provide?

  • Bike Rangers & Emergency Response Services across the Trail Network (Outside of Bike Park operating hours riders should call 911 in the event of an emergency.)
  • Bike Park access via Village Express (Lift 4)
  • Pass sales in Mountain Village and at Oak Street
  • Pass scanning at Village Express and gondola mid-station
  • Lessons, instruction and guides

Will there be a fee to ride the Mountain Bike Trail Network?

Yes. During operating hours lift access to the Mountain Bike Trail Network will require an access pass.

During off hours the FREERIDE and TECHNICAL Trails in the Bike Park are closed, but riders can access the XC Trails without an access pass.

Are the FREERIDE and TECHNICAL Trails in the Bike Park lift-serviced?

Yes, Village Express (Lift 4) will operate daily to provide access to the trails in the Bike Park during hours of operation.

Is lift access available to the Trail Network via the Telluride—Mountain Village Gondola?

Yes. From 6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. until 30 minutes before sunset riders can off-load with a bike at the mid-station (San Sophia Station) to access the XC Trails within the Trail Network for free. Please note: during this timeframe, riders should call 911 in the event of an emergency .

From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily access from San Sophia Station to the XC Trails as well as the Bike Park will require an access pass.

Is the Mountain Village Bike Park also available?

No. The TECHNICAL Trails, formerly known as the Mountain Village Bike Park, will be improved and incorporated into the new Telluride Bike Park .

How many trails are available in the new Mountain Bike Trail Network?

Phase I will include approximately 15 trails encompassing 17 miles of trails.

  • Green: approximately 5 miles of trail
  • Blue: approximately 8 miles of trail
  • Black: approximately 4 miles of trail

What is the status of the other existing trails located within Telluride Ski Resort’s permit area?

All the existing bike trails located within Telluride Ski Resort’s permit area will be managed by Telluride Ski Resort and will be part of the Mountain Bike Trail Network.

Prospect Trail and Prospect Loop (XC, multi-use trails – non-motorized, TWO-WAY traffic)

Village Trail (XC, multi-use trail – non-motorized, TWO-WAY traffic)

Basin Trail, Sheridan, Coonskin Loop, See Forever (XC, multi-use trails – non-motorized, TWO-WAY traffic)

Ridge Trail, Telluride Trail (Hiking ONLY)

What is the status of the other existing trails located in Mountain Village?

All the existing bike trails located in Mountain Village, but outside Telluride Ski Resort’s permit area will be managed by the Town of Mountain Village and are separate from the Mountain Bike Trail Network managed by Telluride Ski Resort.

  • Boomerang, Meadows, Jurassic, Big Billie’s, Boulevard, and Russell Trail (multi-use trails – non-motorized, TWO-WAY traffic)

What are the bicycle standards for accessing the Mountain Bike Trail Network?

  • Downhill: Downhill-specific bikes are intended for all levels of riders who want to enjoy the most out of the Bike Park. A full suspension, downhill-specific bike handles the Bike Park’s technical and free-ride terrain the best and is specifically designed for descending, not ascending. We recommend this type of bike for any level of rider in the bike park.
  • All-Mountain: All-mountain bikes combine full suspension in the front and rear with a more upright design allowing riders to descend yet ascend when needed. At the minimum, bike park riders should have an all-mountain, full-suspension bike which is best suited for beginner and intermediate terrain only.
  • Cross-Country (Not Recommended): Cross-country bikes generally have less suspension than most mountain bikes, making them ideal for pedaling long distances. Cross-country bikes are not recommended in the bike park.
  • Prohibited: e-Bikes, motorized vehicles and devices, one-wheels, unicycles. TSG reserves the right to modify the list of prohibited devices at its discretion to provide a safe environment for participants.

How much is the Single-Day Trail Access Pass?

  • Single-Day Mountain Bike Pass: single-day access to all XC, FREERIDE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $36/day, which includes a $1 donation to NFF .

Season Pass Access Products:

  • TSG Winter Season Pass-holders: Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC, FREERIDE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $25 NFF Donation .
  • Non-Winter Season Pass-holders: Unlimited Mountain Bike Trail Season Pass with access to all XC, FREERIDE and TECHNICAL trails, and Village Express (Lift 4). $199, which includes a $25 donation to the NFF .
  • XC Trail Season Pass: unlimited access to XC trails, NO Bike Park, FREERIDE or TECHNICAL trail, or Village Express (Lift 4) access. $25 NFF Donation .

Are dogs/pets allowed on the Mountain Bike Trail network?

Dogs are NOT allowed on the Bike Park trails or on Lift 4. Dogs may exit the gondola and hike/bike with their owners on the multi-use trails.

What is the trail etiquette and Biking Responsibility Code?

We encourage you to support these trail etiquette and simple safety-conscious rules:

  • Bikers choose trails that match your abilities
  • Bikers stay on designated trails
  • Bikers yield the right-of-way to other non-motorized trail users. Downhill bikers yield to everyone.
  • Bikers use caution when overtaking another, and make your presence known well in advance.
  • Bikers maintain control of your speed at all times.
  • Do not disturb wildlife.
  • Do not litter.
  • Respect public and private property.
  • Always be self-sufficient.
  • Do not travel solo in remote areas.
  • Observe the practice of minimum impact bicycling.
  • No smoking.

What is the trail access parking information?

To access the Telluride Bike Park , we recommend parking in the Gondola Parking Garage (free daytime) or Heritage Parking Garage (first two hours free), both located off Mountain Village Boulevard, which will give you the most convenient access to the lift and trail system. View Parking Details


Other Area Biking

Telluride is surrounded by an extensive network of single-track bike trails and old mining roads great for every skill level from beginners to the most advanced riders. Push the limits on one of Telluride’s classic single-track trails, or take a scenic ride on Telluride’s valley floor alongside the San Miguel River. Telluride is the perfect place to rent a bike and explore the mountains or join an experienced guide on a personal tour catered to your skill level and interests.