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Garfield County road bike rides: Crystal Valley Trail, Carbondale

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: The trail runs along Colorado Highway 133, beginning near the 82/133 intersection and continuing to the KOA Campground. It's easily accessible from any point along its path. Trail talk: Because of its proximity to the highway, traffic noise may affect your ride. The

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Garfield and Pitkin county road bike rides: Rio Grande Trail, Glenwood Springs to Aspen

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: The Rio Grande Trail climbs gently along the Roaring Fork River 42 miles and 2,100 vertical feet from Glenwood Springs to Aspen. There are many entry points along the way; visit rfta.com for more information. Trail talk: The section east of Carbondale between

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Garfield County road rides: Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: This trail starts near Glenwood Hot Springs at Yampah Vapor Caves on the north side of the Colorado River. Within a mile, the trail crosses to the south side of Interstate 70 and follows the serpentine route of the Colorado River through Glenwood

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Garfield County bike trails: Three Forks, Rifle

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: To get to the lower trailhead, head north on Highway 13 out of Rifle and turn right on CO 325, passing through Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls state recreation areas and Rifle Mountain Park. Though the road number may change, continue north about

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Garfield County bike trails: New Castle trails

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: Just as the name suggests, this system of trails is in the heart of New Castle. There's plenty of parking at Alder Park. From US-6 in New Castle, head north (away from the interstate) on Castle Valley Boulevard. You'll stay on Castle Valley

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Garfield County bike trails: Buford Road Area, New Castle

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: In New Castle, turn north onto Seventh Street (County Road 245) and stay on it as it becomes the New Castle-Buford Road. It's then approximately 6.5 miles to the Mansfield Trailhead, just before the White River National Forest Boundary. About 1.5 miles farther

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Garfield County bike trails: Wulfsohn, Glenwood Springs

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From downtown Glenwood Springs, travel west on Eighth Street. Turn right onto Midland Avenue at the light, then left on Wulfsohn Road at the Community Center. Trail Talk: Wulfsohn trails range from really easy to fairly difficult. Nothing is too long, and trails

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Garfield County bike trails: Jeanne Golay, Glenwood Springs

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From downtown Glenwood Springs, take Eighth Street west toward Midland Avenue. Turn right onto Midland, then take a quick left onto Red Mountain Drive. You'll turn almost immediately onto West Ninth Street, where the trail begins. Trail talk: This trail, which intersects with

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Garfield County bike trails: Boy Scout/ Forest Hollow Loop

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: As Glenwood's true classic ride, these trails can be ridden in an exhausting (but satisfying) 18-mile loop. Park in town somewhere (that serves your favorite beverage, perhaps) and head south about 3 miles on the Rio Grande Trail to the dirt Red Canyon

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Garfield County bike trails: Sunlight Mountain Resort

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From downtown Glenwood, head south on CO-82 to 27th Street. Take a right and follow 27th across the river and to the roundabout. You'll take the second exit onto Midland Avenue. Remain on Midland for 1.3 miles, then take a slight right onto

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Garfield County bike trails: Prince Creek, Carbondale

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From Carbondale's roundabout, travel about 1.5 miles south to Prince Creek Road. Turn left, and then travel about 2.5 miles until the pavement ends. Ride the dirt road about 0.25 mile to the inconspicuous trailhead on the left. The Bull Pen parking lot

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Garfield County bike trails: Lorax, Carbondale

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: From downtown Carbondale, head to the roundabout and continue to the other side of Main Street. From the roundabout, you'll remain on Main/County Road 106 for 0.9 miles. Hang a left on County Road 108, and remain on it for 3.4 miles. The

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Garfield County bike trails: Red Hill, Carbondale

April 10, 2018 — Getting there: For access, park just north of the intersection of Colorado highways 82 and 133, about a mile north of Carbondale's roundabout. Trail talk: This area offers a wide variety of singletrack ranging from casual meadow rides to technical climbs and descents. Within easy

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Trail efforts invite cycling and hiking enthusiasts to pitch in

April 9, 2018 — Mountain biking is a passion, and for many, that goes beyond the time spent on the bike. Join area groups to care for local trails (some of them hiking, not biking) during these trail maintenance days. Keep an eye on area bike groups, as well,

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Show us your favorite cycling trails

April 9, 2018 — What are you going to do with that GoPro footage? Submit it to go@postindependent.com along with your name, the date and location of your ride, and we'll share it at postindependent.com. Want to tell others more about why this ride is your favorite? Visit tinyurl.com/pitrailtalk

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Ride the bus with your bike in Garfield and Pitkin counties

April 9, 2018 — Ride the bus upvalley, then cruise back down on two wheels. Or start your ride in Rifle, and hop on the bus midvalley. Whatever your pleasure, RFTA offers racks that hold two to four bikes on each valley bus. Bikes ride for $2, and can

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Watch for mud before cycling

April 9, 2018 — This recommendation isn't just about keeping your boots in Instagram-worthy shape. Hiking and biking in mud can damage trails. When users walking or riding around muddy sections, trails become wider, Red Hill Council President Davis Farrar told The Aspen Times. This also results in trampled

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What’s the deal with ebikes in Colorado?

April 9, 2018 — Ah, that question seems so simple. The answer is not. Here's where things stand: Colorado trails that are authorized for bicycle use are, by default, open to e-bikes. However, local jurisdictions can prohibit them. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, which manages a portion of

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The Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys offer several bike parks

April 9, 2018 — Want to hone your mountain biking skills? Head to one of the region's bike parks. Vix Ranch Park, New Castle Features: Pump track, tot track, jump lines, paved bike path Learn more: rfmba.org/nct North Face Park, Carbondale Features: Mountain bike skills course, flow line descent,

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Efforts to connect Glenwood and New Castle trails could make the area even more bike friendly

April 9, 2018 — A growing network of mountain bike trails in eastern Garfield County, and a crucial link to better connect them, could add a new pinpoint on the map of Western off-road biking destinations. In recent years, the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association has partnered with Glenwood

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