Centennial Cone Loop - Mountain Biking

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The Centennial Cone Loop is a somewhat strenuous local's classic that takes advantage of some of Colorado's best open spaces.

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Aaron Bible


12.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

20.8 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

2-3 Hours


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


Land Website

Centennial Cone Park



The Centennial Cone Loop is one you shouldn't have too much trouble finding or navigating, and is pretty much a must-do when checking off your Front Range rides. Just don’t show up with your bike on an odd-numbered weekend day of the month. Yes, seriously.

What Makes It Great

Like many public trails in the Boulder/Denver area, on weekdays the trails are multi-use. On weekends, they alternate days between hikers and bikers. Bikers can only ride on even numbered days of the month. Do not be that guy (or gal) who rides when he or she is not supposed to. People with dogs will be seriously annoyed and might even call the cops. Midweek is better anyway, assuming you know how to share the trail, although even then you won’t have to share it with too many folks, despite its standing as a Golden-based classic. It begins with the appropriately named Mayhem Gulch and climbs easily to the canyon ridge called the Travois Trail, where you can rehydrate and soak in the classic views. The loop can be ridden in both directions to vary the workout and scenery.

Who is Going to Love It

Did we mention this isn’t a beginner’s ride? Feel free to challenge yourself, but be aware that this is more of a local’s classic that takes advantage of the Colorado’s Open Spaces, funded by Lottery dollars!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

You can access the park from the north and from the west, so visit the Centennial Cone Park website for more information and directions.

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Centennial Cone Loop

2234 Douglas Mountain Road
Golden, CO, 80401
39.749884, -105.383499

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