Per Bicycling Magazine,  the Cortez Area is “crazy good mountain biking” and it is growing every day. Ride a trail that winds through desert canyon country past and past ancient puebloan ruins. Try another  through the San Juans and enjoy beautiful mountain scenery. 

There are a number of trails in the area that range from beginner to advanced. Explore the options on the maps below or visit Kokopelli Bike Shop in Cortez which has a wealth of excellent information and equipment. Their website includes information about trail conditions, events, blogs, videos and more so make sure to check it out!

Here are some excellent maps of area trails courtesy of Mesa Verde Country:

Big Loop Maps
Area Biking Map - Part 1

  • Railroad Loop (east of Mancos)
  • Dolores River Canyon (north of Dove Creek)
  • Phil's World (just east of Cortez) 
    Area Biking Map - Part 2
  • Aspen Loop/Windy Gap (north of Mancos) 
  • Chicken Creek/Rim Trail Loop (north of Mancos)
  • Calico/Priest Gulch Loop (Dolores River Valley) 
  • Stoner Mase Trail Loop (west fork of the Dolores)
    Area Biking Map - Part 3
  • Goble Loop Trail (west fork of the Dolores)
  • Boggy Draw Trail, Bean Canyon Loop, Maverick's Loop and Italian Canyon Loop  (all north of Dolores)

Mountain biking podcast
Local Endurance Race 

12 Hours of Mesa Verde: This is a mountain bike team relay endurance race that began in 2007 with 22 riders and has now grown to nearly 800! Teams are usually composed of 2, 3 or 4 riders although some participants chose to ride solo to see how many laps they can compete on the 16 mile course in 12 hours. This non-profit group gives all proceeds to organizations and programs that benefit area youth. 

Area Bikers of Interest:

Shawn Gregory: read his blog
Shawn is an avid single speed mountain bike racer and owner/founder of Tuffy Security Products a manufacturer of metal Sheet, Plate, and tubing products with processes including laser cutting, CNC punching & forming, CNC tube forming, Powder coating & robotic welding.  Winner of the 1998 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award. Shawn created and published Big Loop maps to promote mountain bike routes in the area.

John Tomac:
With a cycling career spanning over 20 years, John is a 10 time National BMX champion who now designs and develops Tomac mountain bikes. The family tradition is being carried on by son Eli Tomac who is a closely watched competitor in the field of motocross.