Fremont County is rapidly becoming a major mountain biking hub in Colorado. The area boasts ~140 miles of primarily beginning and intermediate singletrack trails, with more being planned!
In addition, there are several bike shops and bike rental options in the area as well as a guided tour options.
FREMONT COUNTY BIKING AREAS
Oil Well Flats
Oil Well Flats has approximately 15 miles of mostly singletrack trails for riders of all skill levels. The best times to go are spring and fall, and possibly in the winter if the trails are dry. Summers can be quite hot in this area. Mountain bikers share the trails with hikers and cows, so be alert and courteous.
Call the BLM’s Royal Gorge Field Office at (719) 269-8500 to check on trail conditions and closures.
Click HERE for printable map for the Oil Well Flats trails.
Directions: From the roundabout at Main St and 15th St in Cañon City, go north on 15th for .9 mi and turn right on Central Avenue. Proceed for 1 mile and turn left on Field Avenue. Proceed for 2.2 miles and merge with Red Canyon Rd. Proceed for 3.7 miles. Just past the bridge over Fourmile Creek, turn right onto the dirt road and follow the road to the parking areas in Oil Well Flats.
The South Cañon trail system provides approximately 10 miles of singletrack trails designed for a variety of skill levels. The South Cañon trails can be connected to the Section 13 trails for a longer ride.
Click HERE for a printable map for the South Cañon trails.
Section 13 offers 6 miles of intermediate singletrack trails south of Cañon City.
Click HERE for printable map for the Section 13 trails.
Directions: Follow 1st Street at the west end of Cañon City south for 1 mile. Turn right at Termple Canyon Road and proceed for 1.9 mles until you reach a small parking area on the right side of the road. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road.
Royal Gorge Park
The new trails at Royal Gorge Park have options for riders of all abilities and offer great views of the Sangre de Cristo range, the Royal Gorge, and the surrounding areas. There are currently approximately 15 miles of trails, with more being planned.
Click HERE for a printable map for the Royal Gorge Park trails.
The Arkansas Riverwalk Trail follows the Arkansas River for approximately 7 miles from MacKenzie Avenue on the east side of Cañon City to the beginning of Tunnel Drive on the west end. There are several parking areas/access points, including trailheads at MacKenzie Avenue, the Raynolds Avenue, Sell’s Lake, Centennial Park, and the Tunnel Drive trailhead.
The Hogbacks Open Space in Cañon City is a very popular area for walkers/hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Trailheads into the area can be found at the west end of Floral Avenue, Greenway Drive, Washington Street, and High Street, as well as from the top of Skyline Drive.
Click HERE for a printable map for The Hogback trails.
Tunnel Drive is an easy 3.8-mile ride on a well-graded, wide dirt path. The trailhead/parking area is just west of Cañon City. The trail follows the Arkansas River and has great views of the lower end of the Royal Gorge. Depending on your timing, you will most likely hear and/or see the Royal Gorge train pass by. There is no shade, except inside the tunnels close to the beginning of the ride. Bring lots of water. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep on the slopes above the trail.
DIRECTIONS: From Cañon City, head west on Highway 50. Just after the highway turns to head north, turn left on Tunnel Drive and follow it to the end of the road. There is ample parking and a vault toilet at the trailhead.
RULES OF THE TRAIL
- Ride established trails.
- Leave No Trace.
- Control your bicycle.
- Yield appropriately.
- Never scare animals.
Ride Established Trails
- Respect trail and road closures—if you’re unsure, ask a land manager.
- Don’t trespass on private land—get a permit or other required authorization.
- Never ride in areas protected as state or federal wilderness—it’s against the law.
Leave No Trace
- Muddy trails are vulnerable to damage — consider other options if a trail is soft.
- Stay on existing trails — never create a new one and don’t cut switchbacks.
- Pack out at least as much as you pack in.
Control Your Bicycle
- Obey all speed regulations and recommendations.
- Stay alert — inattention for even a moment can put yourself and others at risk.
- Always ride within your limits.
- Always let other trail users know you’re coming — give a friendly greeting.
- Anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners.
- Yield to non-bike trail users such as walkers, hikers and horses.
- Yield to riders headed uphill whenever you’re riding downhill.
- Make every pass a safe and courteous one.
Never Scare Animals
- Stay alert — animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise.
- Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you.
- Use special care when passing horses — follow directions from the horseback riders and ask if uncertain.
- Never disturb wildlife, cattle or other domestic animals.
- Plan ahead. Research your trip and pack wisely.
- Know your equipment, your ability and how to properly prepare for the area where you’re riding.
- Be self-sufficient — keep your equipment in good repair and carry supplies for changes in weather and other conditions.
- Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
- Bring enough water to stay hydrated.