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Everything you need to know about mountain biking in Vail

Vail is a mountain biker's paradise. Easily one of the area's top summer activities, mountain biking in the valley provides an adrenaline rush for all levels of bikers. Whether you're an experienced mountain biker ready for the steepness of PMT, or looking to take in the beautiful scenery with a leisurely ride through the village, there is a trail for every rider in Vail. There are 166 miles of trails in Vail ranging in difficulty from easy to expert. Mountain biking in is one of the best ways to enjoy summer in Vail. If you don't have a bike we can point you in the right direction for your Vail bike rental needs.

Popular family friendly bike rides:

  • Vail Recreation Path: This system includes more than 15 miles of paved path with numerous connecting off-path mountain biking trails.
  • Village Trail: The longest and most relaxing ride on Vail Mountain. This is the easiest way up or down the mountain with great views. Village trail is great for beginners, kids, and families, offering 7 miles of Gore Range views. 
  • Gore Valley Trail: A great paved trail for all skill levels providing excellent creek views and a fantastic route for those interested in seeing all of the villages in Vail.

For a more thrilling experience, take your talents to Vail's bike park. To access the trails on Vail Mountain purchase a bike haul pass at any Vail ticket office. A resort employee will help load your bike so you can enjoy a scenic ride up Gondola 1. Thrill seekers will surely enjoy these downhill trails

The best on-mountain bike trails:

  • Radio-Flyer: A very popular trail in Vail offering smooth trail riding with rollers and beautiful Aspen glades.
  • Mid-Vail Escape: A challenging but rewarding single and double track trail with 2.2 miles of switchbacks and epic Gore Range views.
  • Grand Traverse: One of Vail's signature intermediate trails through Game Creek Bowl. Bring your camera for some pictures. Riders describe this as the "Sound of Music" experience on a mountain bike.

Don't have your own bike? Not to worry, visit our summer in Vail page for information on where to rent your bike and gear.

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