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    Looking for trail suggestions, Front Range

    So a couple a few of us down here in Albuquerque, NM decided to make a slow pilgrimmage to Denver for a Nightwish concert, and get a couple of days on Colorado dirt along the way. The task of planning the trails to hit fell to me, and I have sorely neglected my duties, so I'm hoping you guys can bail me out a bit.

    What I'm looking for are suggestions for two single-day rides along the Front Range. If I could get one ride near or south of Colorado Springs, and one ride closer to Denver, that'd be completely cool. Both rides in the same place would be awesome too.

    A few criteria points that we're looking for:
    1. Known ridable condition. We don't mind if there's a bit of snow here and there, but we're not going up there with snow tires on our bikes.
    2. Reasonably accessible from I-25, meaning no more than a couple of hours away from it.
    3. Somewhat less important: vehicle access to trailheads and suggestions for nearby camping. We're going up in a Civic; if a road is impassible for it, we're conveniently going up on bikes but we don't really want to ride 20 miles of road before the real ride.
    4. One of our group is fairly new to the whole mountain biking thing, and doesn't have much confidence yet, so a minimum of scary exposure is a big plus.
    5. Related to #4, no mandatory drops over 3 or 4 feet.
    6. We're definitely looking more for flowy fun trails than supertech or extreme-ish; epic Colorado views get bonus points.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Generic counter questions to the same old questions:

    1) When are you coming?
    2) How long do you want to ride per day?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Stop in Colorado Springs,
    Head up to Rampart Range reservoir(sp) 12 miles relative flat campng avaible nearby.

    It is about 20 miles from I-25 It might be a little cold.

    If you want longer times ride it twice.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/recrea...oir_camp.shtml

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    Buffalo Creek. Ride around until you're tired.

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    Yep buffalo creek for the flowy stuff you are looking for. Want something closer than buffalo creek....centennial cone.

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    1. pueblo
    2. buffalo creek

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Generic counter questions to the same old questions:

    1) When are you coming?
    2) How long do you want to ride per day?
    Riding this coming Saturday and Sunday, looking for somewhere between 15 and 50 miles per day

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    Sounds like Buffalo Creek's a popular one. Will definitely check that out. Thanks for the input!

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    Check out the Jefferson County Open Space Parks. All are close to Denver and some allow overnight camping. Their website includes maps and trail profiles. Lots to choose from and very little driving.
    http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/

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    Pueblo has everythingt from flowy to technical. you can ride around there for a long time. very good maps and marked trails.

    If you are north of Denver at all, I really would suggest Hall Ranch outside of Lyons. It can get pretty technical at places, but the lollipop loop is absolutely fantastic, smooth, flowy singletrack. if you want a longer ride, do it twice or thrice.

    3 Sisters in Evergreen is pretty flowy and a little more into the mountains. But its not real long so you'd have to ride that a few times to get up to 15-20 miles.

    Matthew Winters is good, but riding on a Saturday/Sunday there is kind of an exercise in patience as it is very crowded on the weekends.

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    Be very careful if you choose to do Centenial Cone. The trail system is AWESOME...plenty of flowing trails and great Colorado views....however this is an alternating use system trail between bikers and hikers. Bikers have the even weekend day to use and hikers the odd weekend day. Here is the link http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/jeffco...alendar_08.pdf
    Enjoy your trip. I do second everyone's suggestion of Buffalo Creek!!!

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