Gravel riding, aka gravel grinding or adventure riding, is an increasingly popular form of cycling that combines elements of road and mountain biking, and consists mostly of distance riding over unpaved roads. The captivating scenery along the way makes gravel grinding one of the most aesthetically pleasing riding adventures possible. It's a super simple concept: hop on your bike and start riding on dirt and gravel roads, as opposed to riding on paved roads.
Road cyclists are limited in terms of where they can go...as you might expect, they pretty much stick to paved roads. And mountain bikers typically stick to trails. But there are thousands of miles of gravel roads, which opens up tons of possibilities for cyclists. Gravel riding is less about getting from A to point B, and more about the adventure you have in between.
Where to Ride
You can ride by yourself in the Arapaho National Forest, the endless miles of gravel road accessible from Winter Park or dirt roads at local resorts like Snow Mountain Ranch. Either way, be sure to visit some of our local outfitters before you embark on your next adventure.
MAPS & TRAILS:
TIPS: For updates on trail status, use COTREX (a mobile and desktop application for a statewide comprehensive and interactive trail map) to always have your maps with you. Stop by the Information Center in downtown Winter Park for hard-copy maps and additional information or details on road closures and trail work. Check out Headwaters Trails Alliance's daily trail report too!