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Family Bike Rides in Boulder

There’s nothing like riding a bike to make you feel like a kid again — and that makes it the perfect vacation activity to connect with your own kids as you cruise around town. Boulder is one of America’s great biking cities, so it's easy to find a trail or bike lane and explore as you go.

Boulder Creek Path – West

Pick up this quintessentially Boulder ride, which starts in the city and heads up into a rugged canyon, from 9th and Canyon Blvd. Next, head west past the charming Evert Pierson Memorial Kids’ Fishing Ponds. From there, you’ll go through Eben G. Fine Park, a popular picnic, playground and entry spot for tubing the creek, and ride up between the granite walls of Boulder Canyon.

Stopping at the Fishing Ponds Along the Boulder Creek Path

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Boulder's Amazing Bikeways

You can ride almost anywhere in Boulder thanks to 300 miles of bikeway, 96 miles of bike lanes, 84 miles of multi-use paths, 50 miles of designated bike routes and 54 miles of bikeable trails. 

 

Boulder Creek Path – East

Head out toward the plains along a partially shaded Boulder Creek Path by picking up the trail at Scott Carpenter Park. From there, you’ll cross scenic bridges as you head out past CU Boulder’s East Campus, coming across some pretty little lakes, ponds and pastures. KOA Lake makes a good turnaround point to head back. End your ride with some time at Scott Carpenter Park, named after Boulder’s famous astronaut, with its rocketship playground, perfect picnic hill and summertime public pool.

Boulder Creek Path near Scott Carpenter Park

Cottonwood Trail

Pick up this peaceful, shady and under-the-radar trail at 47th St. and Kings Ridge Blvd., a residential area. From there, you will pass the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and UCAR Laboratory and ride along White Rock Ditch beneath swaying cottonwood trees. Hit Jay Road to complete a short, 2-mile ride before heading back.

Photo by Gwen Gray

Cottonwood Trail

Flatirons Vista – Beginner Mountain Biking

Eager to try mountain biking with your kids? Flatirons Vista provides a lot of bang for your beginner buck. You’ll take in spectacular views and enjoy mellow singletrack, giggle-worthy downhills and ponds to admire. 

Photo by Eric Gray

Flatirons Vista

Valmont Bike Park

Valmont Bike Park is a free 42-acre bike park designed for riders of all ages. There are tracks suitable for every level of rider. If you just want to pedal around some flat trails, you’re covered. Ready to hit some massive jumps? You’ll love it here, too. Just about every obstacle, from bridges to logs to ramps, has an “easy way out” right beside it, which makes it a perfect learning environment.
 

Valmont Bike Park

Where to Rent a Bike

Bike rentals are readily available from a slew of Boulder bike shops including University Bicycles, Full Cycle and Boulder Cycle Sport. You can also check out a bike from one of the B-Cycle public kiosks, but you’ll need to bring your own helmets.

University Bicycles