Colorado Springs' first dedicated downhill mountain bike trails – Almond Butter and Rattle Rocks – are open in Ute Valley Park. The new trails are part of several recent improvements in the park, all prescribed by the Ute Valley Park master planA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. which was completed in 2015.
Take a ride down the trail with USA Cycling
Thanks to USA Cycling and Angelina Palermo, three-time Collegiate National Champ and Pro Gravity National Champion, for this amazing view of the new trial! Ride on!
“We’re very excited to open the city’s first dedicated downhill mountain bike trails in Ute Valley Park and are grateful for the community’s support of this project,” said parks’ director Karen Palus. “The mountain biking community, in particular, rallied around the improvements and gave invaluable input to make this a success.”
Ute Valley Park improvements
- Two purpose-built, difficult-rated, downhill bicycle-only trails, approximately 0.5 miles
- Fenced-in session area, where riders can practice repeating a particular section of trail or feature, taking various approaches to improve technical skills and confidence in a shorter amount of time
- Trail realignments that provide 1.5 miles of more sustainable, multi-use trails
- Closure of approximately 1.2 miles of rogue, unsanctioned and unsustainable trails
- Split rail fencing to help fortify the closed areas
- Trail signage and wayfinding throughout the project area
The total project cost was $100,000, provided by Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) as part of the Ute Valley Park master plan implementation. The work was completed by Timberline Landscape and Timberline Trailcraft.