Custer County’s mountain peaks and wild landscapes create some of Colorado’s most scenic bike rides.
Road bikers can ride a portion of the Western Express Bicycle Route connecting San Francisco to Pueblo. The route travels from Salida into the narrow valley of the Arkansas River to Cotopaxi, where leaves U.S. 50 via County Road 1A and winds up to CO 69 and the Wet Mountain Valley. In Westcliffe, it turns onto CO 96, climbing over the Wet Mountains and snaking down through Hardscrabble Canyon on its way to Wetmore and developed trails at Pueblo Reservoir.
Custer County also boasts the mile-and-a-quarter Park-to-Park Trail. Ideal for families, this beautifully-groomed trail joins Westcliffe’s and Silver Cliff’s town parks and offers gorgeous views of the entire Sangre de Cristo Range.
Those eager to spin their fat tires without racking their bikes can find several excellent rides that begin in Silver Cliff and Westcliffe. The “Historic Mining Loop” is slated for routing signage and begins in Silver Cliff along unpaved Cliffs Lane, turns north onto a half-mile of steep pavement up Oak Creek Grade and branches left onto the gravel of County Road 251 at the hilltop. From there, you have several choices.
This route leads to many other options, including a set of dirt roads around DeWeese Reservoir. With rolling hills and a gravel surface, this ride is great for kids and novice bikers looking for something more adventurous.
The 100-mile Rainbow Trail is famous among mountain bikers for its variety of terrain and foot trails leading to lakes and mountain peaks—although rough conditions on parts of the trail can be very challenging. The Ghost Town Loop, a ride through historic Rosita and Querida, is also popular among mountain bikers.
Ride the Rainbow Trail, tool around DeWeese Reservoir or cruise through town. In Custer County, there are trails and experiences for all abilities and interests.