Glenwood Canyon Bike Path. A concrete trail sandwiched between the Colorado River and the highway traffic, Glenwood Canyon Bike Path runs about 16 miles from Dotsero southwest to Glenwood Springs through the spectacular depths of Glenwood Canyon. The path generally runs below, and out of sight of the interstate, and the roar of the river drowns out the sound of traffic. Because of the mild climate on Colorado's Western Slope, it's only closed in the winter months during heavy snow years. The concrete path also has several dirt spurs that head up into White River National Forest for hikers and mountain bikers. A choice ride is the 18-mile round-trip from Glenwood Springs east up to the trailhead at Hanging Lake, where you can leave your bike and hike a steep mile (climbing 1,000 feet) to the beautiful emerald lake. Horseshoe Bend, about 2 miles from the Vapor Caves, is a perfect picnic spot, since the highway ducks out of sight into a series of tunnels. Trailhead: enter path from either the Yampah Spa Hot Springs Vapor Caves in Glenwood Springs or farther east on I–70 at Grizzly Creek rest area, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601.
Outfitters and Rentals
Canyon Bikes. Canyon Bikes will shuttle you 16 miles up Glenwood Canyon. You can then enjoy the downhill bike ride on a paved recreation path back to the shop at Hotel Colorado. 319 6th St., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–8904 or 877/945–6605. www.canyonbikes.com.
Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop. Downtown's Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop rents mountain and comfort bikes, as well as tandem bikes and tag-a-longs for young riders. 309 9th St., Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601. 970/945–9425. www.sunlightmtn.com/rental-shop.