How can an outdoor attraction the size of 30 football fields be a "hidden gem"? Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park has remained relatively under the radar for visiting cyclists, perhaps because Boulder’s mountainside trails beckon on the horizon, while the bike park is tucked away on the east side of town.
Valmont Bike Park is completely free, features 42 acres of natural-surface terrain, has incredible views of the Flatirons and was created when residents decided to dedicate the land to fostering a love of cycling. Mission: accomplished! On any given day, you’ll see families and riders of all ages tearing it up, going for big air or cautiously taking to the trails for the very first time.
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.
The park is open 5am to 11pm daily and is free to visitors.
Currently, some construction is underway to build a new skate park and bike pump track. Check the Valmont Bike Park Twitter account for updates and closures that can happen due to muddy conditions or construction.
The Valmont Bike Park trails are rated using a color-coded system similar to ones you’d find at ski resorts. Green is less difficult, blue is more difficult and red means the terrain has technical challenges which are in turn rated XS (easiest) to XL (most challenging).
Across the street is a disc golf course if you want to keep the outdoor fun going.