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Rifle is becoming a must-experience destination with it’s immediate access to outstanding mountain biking in and around town

The Grand Hogback Trail at Rifle Arch is a new single-track mountain biking trail just four miles north of Downtown Rifle off Highway 13

The trail system will eventually be over 18 miles long, with the first six miles of rideable trails coming Spring 2021, upon completion of the new parking lot area. 

Phase 1 of the trail provides full machine-built flow sections, to hand-crafted singletrack, all emphasizing the unique topographic features, and vistas of the Grand Hogback with panoramic views of the Grand Hogbacks, Roan Plateau, Mamm Peaks, and Rifle Arch.  This is a truly beautiful location on Colorado’s Western Slope.


Grand Hogback Trail at Rifle Arch - Coming Spring 2021


The Hubbard Mesa Recreation Area is the evolution of 20 years of user-created social trails weaving through juniper forests, and sage meadows, pigmented layers of adobe, and sandstone boulder gardens. A maze of double track jeep roads, and moto-blazed singletrack traverses the mesas and gullies of this high desert playground. Multiple unmarked intersections make a trail finding app such as Mtb Project invaluable for finding your way around; even better, hit up a friendly local for a tour guide. The Facebook group Rifle Area Mountain Biking Organization often has group ride postings, and is a great way to reach out for trail info and meet local riders.


The Highland Trail, named after nearby Highland Elementary, is the only in-town single track and is located up the hill on the east side of town across from Davison Park on 7th St & Fir Ave. The trail is about 3-miles long and traverses across meadows and descends into gullies - it will definitely get your blood pumping! The trail is ideal for beginner to intermediate riders and fun for anyone who enjoys riding. There is a hiking trail adjacent to the mountain biking area that takes hikers to a sunset point… the Highland Trail is a very unique and great pocket of Rifle.


Three Forks / 2150 follows the headwaters of Rifle creek through spruce trees, aspen groves, and wildflower meadows. The trail is not particularly technical, but the deep grass and dense foliage reduce it to a narrow, at times nearly invisible thread of dirt below summertime wildflowers grazing your handlebars. Further east, the West Elk collection of trails provides a more extensive menu of options. Cherry Creek is an excellent shuttle run, or challenging climb to loop Mansfield Ditch; Clark Ridge provides an additional extension.


We are truly surrounded by world class mountain biking being located on the Western Slope of Colorado - you can be riding the trails in Fruita, Grand Junction, Snowmass, Roaring Fork Valley, Vail, New Castle…. All within an hour or so. WIth Moab only 2.5 hours away, Rifle is truly situated in the center of the bullseye for outstanding mountain biking locations.