Mountain Biking in Vail

The amazing Vail scenery and Colorado sunshine make mountain biking, a favorite for tourists and locals alike. Vail, Colorado offers some of the best mountain biking in the country, with trails geared for first time riders up to experienced pro mountain bikers.

Vail has hosted two Mountain Bike World Championships and offers some of the most interesting and challenging trails around. This is truly what Colorado mountain biking is meant to be.

Families can enjoy riding the gondola or chairlift and exploring the forest on bike. Guests can also add a mountaintop picnic as part of their daytime Colorado adventure, just speak with your concierge to plan your special trip!


  • Eagle’s Loop: Green.Great for the beginner biker with scenic vistas and access from the Eagle Bahn Gondola – 1 mile (1.6 km)
  • Upper Fireweed: Green.  A beautiful bike trail for beginners from Adventure Ridge to Mid-Vail – 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
  • Cub’s Way: Green.  Gravel road connecting Fred’s Lunch to Lion Down – 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
  • Village Trail: Green.  Longest and most pleasant route on the mountain – a winding gravel road that traverses the mountain in a descent – 7 miles (11.3 km)
  • Gitalong Road: Blue – due to high traffic.  An alternative to Village Trail with a pleasant winding gravel road most of the way – 5 miles (8 km)
  • Fred’s Lunch: Blue.  An alternating single and double track path that leads from Mid-Vail down the mountain, providing spectacular views – 3.2 miles (4.8 km)
  • Grand Traverse: Blue.  Vail’s signature trail crossing the Back Bowls, starts easy and becomes more difficult, accessed from Adventure Ridge or the Wildwood connector – 5.3 miles (8.5 km)
  • South 6 Escape: Blue.  This single track off Village Trail is a challenging option for intermediate bikers – .75 miles (1.2 km)
  • Lion Down: Blue.  Downhill all the way from Adventure Ridge on this beautiful, winding single track through groves of Aspen trees – 6 miles (9.7 km)
  • Mid-Vail Escape: Black.  Challenging single and double track that takes you from the top of Kloser’s Klimb to Mid-Vail with spectacular views of the Gore Range – 2.2 miles (3.5 km)
  • Kloser’s Klimb: Black.  A grueling 1,000 foot climb from Adventure Ridge to Patrol Headquarters – 2.4 miles (3.9 km)
  • Onza Alley: Black.  Most difficult loop with single track, 4×4 roads, steep descents and a 1,000 foot climb – 4 miles (6.6 km)

The following are Downhill biking trails:

  • Mane Lane: Formerly part of the LionsHead Loop, this is a steep single track with can be used as a side route on Lion Down – .6 miles (1km)
  • Golden Peak (GP) Loop: Closed for construction – 3 miles (5 km)
  • Magic Forest: Starts at Adventure Ridge and works its way down to Cubs Way.  This single track winds its way through the woods with several drop-offs and challenging terrain features.
  • Lower Fred’s Lunch: Downhill trail with technical elements – .8 miles

For mountain bike riders of all ages and abilities, visit Vail Mountain Bike Camps for more information on summer camps. Participants learn the basics of mountain biking, safety, and bike maintenance while making new friends all in the beautiful Colorado wilderness.

BIKE RENTALS and SALES: Vail hosts a plethora of bike shops with experienced technicians available to set you up with the appropriate gear to rent or buy.