Embark on an exhilarating mountain biking adventure through the rugged beauty of Colorado with Native Campervans as your trusty companion. This carefully crafted itinerary takes you to five remarkable destinations, each offering unique trails and van camping options. From the legendary trails of Crested Butte to the desert landscapes of Fruita, the serene beauty of Buffalo Peak, the wooded trails of Betasso Boulder, and the exhilarating Apex Trail near Denver, this itinerary guarantees an unforgettable journey. Hop on your mountain bike, buckle up in your campervan, and get ready to explore the stunning landscapes and thrilling trails that Colorado has to offer.
Crested Butte: Distance from Denver: Approximately 230 miles southwest
Kick off your adventure in Crested Butte, known as the mountain biking capital of Colorado. The town’s extensive trail network offers something for every skill level, from beginner-friendly paths to heart-pounding downhill descents. Make sure to tackle the famous 401 Trail, renowned for its breathtaking alpine scenery and exhilarating singletrack. After a day on the trails, unwind at one of the van camping options such as Crested Butte RV Resort and Campground, Oh Be Joyful Campground, or opt for dispersed camping in the surrounding national forest.
Fruita: Distance from Denver: Approximately 250 miles west
Next, head west to the mountain biking mecca of Fruita, where desert landscapes meet world-class trails. Explore the iconic Kokopelli Loops, a network of trails that winds through rugged canyons, offering technical challenges and jaw-dropping vistas. The area also boasts a variety of camping options such as James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park, Fruita Campground, or the 18 Road Camping Area for dispersed camping, providing the perfect base to rest and recharge between rides.
Buffalo Peak: Distance from Denver: Varies depending on starting point; approximately 50-80 miles southwest
Venture south to Buffalo Creek, nestled within the stunning Pike National Forest. Here, you’ll discover the expansive Buffalo Creek Trail System, offering an array of trails that cater to all skill levels. From flowing singletrack to more technical routes like the Blackjack and Raspberry Ridge trails, this area promises an exciting and challenging mountain biking experience. For camping, consider options like Buffalo Campground or Pine Grove Campground, conveniently located near Buffalo Creek.
Betasso Preserve (Boulder): Distance from Denver: Approximately 30 miles northwest
Make your way to the lively city of Boulder, where you’ll find the scenic Betasso Preserve trails. These woodland trails wind through pine forests and rocky terrain, providing a perfect mix of smooth singletrack and technical sections. After a thrilling day on the trails, retreat to one of the camping options, including Boulder County Fairgrounds RV Park, Eldorado Canyon State Park, or Lefthand Canyon Dispersed Camping Area.
Apex Trail (near Denver): Distance from Denver: Approximately 20 miles west
Conclude your mountain biking journey near the vibrant city of Denver, where the Apex Trail awaits. This popular trail offers a thrilling intermediate-level ride with challenging climbs, technical sections, and rewarding downhill segments. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you navigate through the picturesque landscape. For van camping near Denver, consider options like Golden Gate Canyon State Park or Clear Creek RV Park in Golden.
Whichever mountain biking destinations in Colorado you choose to explore, you’re in for an incredible adventure! To make your trip even more convenient and enjoyable, book a campervan rental from Native Campervans’ Denver office. Our campervans provide the perfect base for your mountain biking journey, offering both comfort and flexibility. Plus, don’t forget to rent one of our bike racks to transport your bikes throughout the trip securely. Share your amazing experiences with us in the comments or tag us on Instagram (@nativecampervans) so we can join in on the excitement of your mountain biking expedition in Colorado!