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Local Trail Conditions

01/13 – Our Salida trails are DRY. What little snow we got over a week ago is gone. S-mtn is 99% dry awesome dirt, with 1% awesome dry snow. Methodist is similar. Our trails are riding awesome with only the smallest chance of moisture going into the weekend, with highs in the upper 40s lower 50s.

Stay on the trail, don’t make our single track wider please.

RED – The trail is not rideable or riding it may be damaging.
ORANGE – Not recommended to ride the trail; or ride it in the morning if mud is an issue.
GREEN – Get out there and ride it.

EBIKES: Know before you come. In the Salida area E-Mountain Bikes are only allowed on designated motorized trails. There is no single track on S-mtn and lower Methodist open to E-mtbs currently. Roads, yes. Single track, no. Please adhere to the current rules. As far as single track is concerned only the Rainbow trail (not little or double Rainbow), Greens Creek, Agate Creek, and the Monarch Crest from Monarch Pass to Marshall Pass are 'motorized' single track open to moto's and thus e-bikes, near Salida. Those trails are currently snowed in.

NOTE: trail conditions listed below are based on first hand knowledge, hearsay, rumor or plain old guessing. We are not responsible for your actual experience out there. 

Trail Etiquette:

  • Hikers/Walkers/Horses have the right of way
  • When on bikes UPHILL riders have the right of way
  • DO NOT ride off trail to pass other users
  • Dogs need to be on leash or voice controlled. Please move your dogs off the trail when encountering other users. 
  • Clean up after your dog. Do not leave poop bags on the trail please. There is no poop bag fairy.  

Say hi, be nice, we're all out here having fun

Please NOTE & RESPECT the Seasonal Wildlife Closures:

December 1-April 15 – Gutz, Sol Train, Sun Up, Pot-O-Gold. Rainbow Trail, Greens Creek.
December 15 – March 15 – Beasway (upper Cottonwood, to do the whole Cottonwood ride).

Arkansas Hills / S-Mtn Trail System:

  • Frontside – Dry
  • Lil’ Rattler – Dry
  • Pepper trails – Dry
  • Burnpile – Dry
  • Rusty Lung – Dry
  • Backbone – Dry
  • Tenderfoot – Dry
  • Sweet Dreams – Dry
  • Dream On – Dry
  • Chicken Dinner – Dry
  • Sand Dunes – Dry
  • Prospector- Dry?
  • North Backbone – Dry
  • Pauli – Dry
  • The Dude Abides & El Duderino – Dry?
  • Unkle Nazty – Dry
  • Hooligan – Dry
  • Cottonwood Gulch Trail (lower Cottonwood our and back) – Snowy?
  • Beasway/Rumba (upper Cottonwood) – SEASONAL CLOSURE on Beasway
  • Aspen Ridge – Snow

Methodist Mountain Trail System:

  • Little Rainbow Trail – Dry
  • Racetrack – Dry
  • Lost and Dead Bird – Dry
  • Spartan West/Spartan East – Mostly dry
  • Solstice Trail – Dry
  • Sun Up – Dry SEASONAL CLOSURE – CLOSED ABOVE POWERLINE
  • Sol Trains – Dry SEASONAL CLOSURE – CLOSED ABOVE POWERLINE
  • Double Rainbow Trail – Probably dry?
  • Pot-O-Gold – SEASONAL CLOSURE
  • Gutz – SEASONAL CLOSURE

Rainbow Trail:  

  • Bear Creek to CR 108 – SNOW
  • Columbine Trail – SNOW
  • CR 108 to Pot-O-Gold/Sand Gulch rd – SNOW
  • Silver Creek Road/Rainbow Trail Loop – SNOW

Monarch Crest and Children of the Crest

  • Monarch Crest Trail – SNOW
  • Marshall Pass – Poncha Creek Road loop – SNOW
  • Agate Creek Trail –SNOW
  • Starvation Creek – SNOW
  • Marshall Pass – Silver Creek Trail Loop – SNOW
  • Greens Creek – SEASONAL CLOSURE
  • Fooses Creek – SNOW
  • Silver Creek- SNOW

Colorado Trail:

  • Raspberry Gulch Out-and-Back – SNOW
  • Mt Princeton to Cottonwood (BV) – SNOW
  • South Fooses Creek – SNOW
  • Blanks Cabin to Chalk – SNOW
  • Blanks to US 50 – SNOW

Distant cousin of the Crest:

  • Canyon Creek – SNOW


Buena Vista Area:

  • Bridge to Bridge/Barbara Whipple/Camp Elevation/Broken Boyfriend – SNOW
  • Midland Trail, Fistful of Dollars/Few Dollars More/Django/Sausage Links/Bacon Bits. – SNOW
  • Unchained – SEASONAL CLOSURE - Dec 1-April 15
  • Vitamin B – SEASONAL CLOSURE - Dec 1-April 15
  • Continental Divide Trail, Alpine Tunnel to Tincup Pass Road – SNOW
  • St Elmo – Tin Cup Pass –SNOW

Please NOTE & RESPECT the Seasonal Wildlife Closures:

December 1-April 15 – Gutz, Sol Train, Sun Up, Pot-O-Gold. BV - Unchained
December 15 – March 15 – Beasway (upper Cottonwood, to do the whole Cottonwood ride).