Colorado Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

371 Reviews

Looking for the best Cross Country Skiing trails around Colorado?

Find the top rated cross country skiing trails in Colorado, whether you're looking for an easy short cross country skiing trail or a long cross country skiing trail, you'll find what you're looking for. Click on a cross country skiing trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

City Trails and Maps in Colorado

  • Relevance
  • Name
  • Length
  • Most Popular
Activities
Length
Surfaces
Type
38 Results
Activities
Length
Surfaces
Type

Animas River Trail

9.4 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Arkansas Riverwalk Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Big Dry Creek Trail (Westminster)

12 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Blue River Recpath

7.2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Corridor Trail

0.8 mi
State: CO
Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Dillon Dam Recpath

9.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

East Fork Trail (CO)

5.6 mi
State: CO
Ballast

Firestone Trail

8.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Dirt

Fowler Trail

0.9 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Fraser River Trail

6.3 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Frisco-Farmers Korner Recpath

3.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Galloping Goose Trail (CO)

20 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

Great Western Trail (CO)

4.4 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Dirt

High Line Canal Trail (CO)

71 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail

10.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

Loveland Recreation Trail

18.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Lower Loop Trail at Crested Butte

3.5 mi
State: CO
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Milk Run Trail

0.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Mineral Belt Trail

11.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt
Accordion

Monarch Spur Trail

2.5 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Montezuma Spur Recpath

0.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

17 mi
State: CO
Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand

Platte River Trail

28.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete

Poudre River Trail

21.8 mi
State: CO
Concrete

Rio Grande Trail

42 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Rock Island Trail (CO)

14.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

14 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Shooks Run Trail

3.9 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Silverthorne Recpath

5.8 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Snake River Recpath

6.2 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Swan Mountain Recpath

3.7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Switzerland Trail

14 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail

12.6 mi
State: CO
Concrete, Gravel

Union Pacific Trail (CO)

0.5 mi
State: CO
Asphalt, Concrete

Upper Gold Camp Road

15 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Vail Pass Recpath

14.4 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Yampa River Core Trail

7 mi
State: CO
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Animas River Trail runs for just over 9 miles along the scenic Animas River, occasionally following the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad corridor. During summer, about eight trains per...
CO 9.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Cañon City, Colorado, is a recreation destination popular with whitewater rafters and rock climbers. Two notable attractions also bring visitors to the city: the nearby Royal Gorge Bridge spans the...
CO 7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Big Dry Creek Trail follows an east-west course for 12 miles between Interstate 25 and Standley Lake in Westminster, one of Denver's northern suburbs. The trail is generally flat, with short stretches...
CO 12 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that once linked Denver with Gunnison, served much of the Colorado Mineral Belt as an independent railroad from 1872 to 1889. A major...
CO 7.2 mi Asphalt
Note: Like most of Lyons' parks system, the Corridor Trail has been closed since a devastating flood in September 2013. Work is currently underway to reopen the closed parks and trails. See the city's...
CO 0.8 mi Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Dillon Dam Recpath offers a scenic route along the western shore of the Dillon Reservoir in the White River National Forest, connecting the towns of Frisco and Dillon. If you begin your journey at...
CO 9.6 mi Asphalt
Colorado's East Fork Trail follows along the East Fork of Powerhorn Creek, which is pockmarked by beaver-dammed ponds. Bring your fishing pole but leave your bike at home. This trail is suited to...
CO 5.6 mi Ballast
The Firestone Trail mostly parallels Colorado Boulevard between Dacono in the south and north of Firestone, at the northern end of the trail. The trail is paved and provides access to parks,...
CO 8.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Fowler Trail is an easy hike in scenic Eldorado Canyon State Park that provides a great place to sight wildlife, watch rock climbers, or take in stunning views of the surrounding canyon....
CO 0.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Fraser River Trail runs between the town of Fraser and Winter Park, paralleling US 40 for its entire route. The trail offers lovely views of the surrounding mountains and is a great way to connect...
CO 6.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that once linked Denver with Gunnison, served much of the Colorado Mineral Belt as an independent railroad from 1872 to 1889. A major...
CO 3.7 mi Asphalt
A hike or mountain bike ride along Colorado's Galloping Goose Trail will leave you exhilarated, (if not for the elevation alone!). This 20-mile path follows an old narrow-gauge rail line, which was...
CO 20 mi Dirt, Gravel
Two unpaved segments of the Great Western Trail are currently open in rural Weld County at the northwestern corner of Colorado's Eastern Plains. Both portions were built on a railbanked Great Western...
CO 4.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The High Line Canal Trail is a popular stretch of path through Denver's southside suburbs, winding for 71 miles between Aurora and Roxborough State Park. The trail is owned and operated by Denver...
CO 71 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Longmont-to-Boulder Regional Trail (nicknamed the LOBO) extends more than 10 miles between these two major cities and taps into the region's vast network of trails. Most of the pathway has a...
CO 10.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
The Loveland Recreation Trail encircles the "Gateway to the Rockies," offering views of the mountains and access to many of Loveland's natural treasures. While the trail is mostly complete, there are...
CO 18.6 mi Concrete
Colorado's Lower Loop Trail offers a wonderful scenic route along the Slate River with views of snowcapped mountains and wildflowers. It connects the town of Crested Butte to the Oh Be Joyful...
CO 3.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Mary Carter Greenway (a.k.a. Arapahoe Greenway) runs for 8 miles along the South Platte River from Chatfield State Park near Columbine north to Englewood. Here it meets up with the Platte River...
CO 8 mi Asphalt
The Milk Run Trail is a short connector in the City of Salida's growing trail system. The path links the 2.5-mile Monarch Spur Trail, a paved rail-trail, with a Walmart and other businesses on US...
CO 0.5 mi Concrete
The Mineral Belt Trail does a loop through the historical mining town of Leadville. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains,...
CO 11.6 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Monarch Spur Trail runs for 2.5 miles between the Arkansas River in downtown Salida west to the end of the railroad right-of-way near County Road 120. The trail provides access from town to city...
CO 2.5 mi Concrete
The Montezuma Spur Recpath is a short trail along Montezuma Road near Keystone, Colorado, home to the popular Keystone Resort. From the path's western end, trail users can take the Snake River Recpath...
CO 0.7 mi Asphalt
The New Santa Fe Regional Trail provides a scenic journey along the front range of the mountains, from Palmer Lake Recreation Area in northern El Paso County through the U.S. Air Force Academy in...
CO 17 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand
The Platte River Trail is just one of many of Denver's superb multi-use trails, this one stretching from just north and west of Englewood and heading north toward Henderson. The 28.5-mile trail...
CO 28.5 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete
The Poudre River Trail tracks a 21-mile, scenic course along Cache la Poudre River between Windsor and Greeley. The paved trail is popular with hikers, runners, cyclists and inline skaters. The path...
CO 21.8 mi Concrete
Colorado's Rio Grande Trail is built upon the Aspen Branch of the former rail corridor of Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW). Trains stopped running between the 1960s and the mid-1990s,...
CO 42 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
About an hour south of Denver, the Rock Island Trail offers a nearly 15-mile pathway in two disconnected segments in El Paso County. Future plans call for linking the two sections for a seamless trail...
CO 14.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Sand Creek Regional Greenway follows Sand Creek in Denver's northeast metro area. The southern end of the trail, through Denver and Aurora, has a soft surface, which can make for a dusty ride when...
CO 14 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The paved Shooks Run Trail runs north–south along Shooks Run Creek near downtown Colorado Springs. It is one of the easier bike paths in the area; however, runs slightly downhill from north to south....
CO 3.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Silverthorne Recpath runs through Silverthorne, Colorado, connecting residents and visitors with the town's various amenities and the scenic Dillon Dam Recpath at its southern end. Both trails are...
CO 5.8 mi Asphalt
The Snake River Recpath begins in Dillon and follows the river southeast just over 6 miles to the popular Keystone Resort. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular mountain scenery and views of Dillon...
CO 6.2 mi Asphalt
The Swan Mountain Recpath is a scenic, windy route along the eastern edge of Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado. Running uphill from Keystone's Summit Cove neighborhood to the Sapphire Point...
CO 3.7 mi Asphalt
The Switzerland Trail in the peaks west of Boulder was named for the spectacular mountain scenery along this remote and former railroad route. Although why it had to be named after another country...
CO 14 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail will eventually link Delta with Ouray, a 65-mile route along the Uncompahgre River in southwestern Colorado. Currently, two major segments have been completed in the...
CO 12.6 mi Concrete, Gravel
The Union Pacific Trail runs for just a short distance between E. 100th Avenue and Thornton Parkway in the Denver suburb of Thornton. The trail runs through a shadeless corridor alongside a railroad...
CO 0.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Upper Gold Camp Road charts a circuitous route through the Pike National Forest, following the route of old mining trains. The route was forged in the 1880s then later improved for cars. But a tunnel...
CO 15 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Vail Pass Recpath is a popular route for cyclists, inline skaters and hikers who seek a paved off-road route through spectacular mountain scenery. The trail runs along Interstate 70 from the...
CO 14.4 mi Asphalt
The 7-mile Yampa River Core Trail follows the Yampa River from Walton Pond (near the Forest Service offices) north to Shield Road near where it crosses the river. The trail parallels US 40 through a...
CO 7 mi Asphalt

Register for free!

Register for free with TrailLink today!

We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors
  • View over 30,000 of trail maps
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your own favourite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Leave reviews for trails
  • Add new and edit existing trails

Recent Trail Reviews

Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail

Spectacular “pedal trip”

October, 2018 by daireemt

My wife and I rode this in late September. Gorgeous weather and scenery. Trail has 2 or 3 brief (few 100 yards) steep sections, but is generally a very gentle uphill path. Can be understandably noisy with I-70 noise, but is still a wonderful biking experience. We rode from Glenwood to Bair Ranch exit and back to Glenwood. Awesome in spite of our mutual head colds!!

Rio Grande Trail

Wonderful bike experience

October, 2018 by daireemt

My wife and I rode late September. Beautiful day and scenery. We went from Glenwood to Carbondale and in spite of our mutual head colds, found the trail to be an easy enough ride. Winds did pick up in the afternoon, but not enough to be a detriment

Mineral Belt Trail

Fun family ride

September, 2018 by laurastark

We loved this trail! My family, which includes an 8-year-old child, rode the entire loop in a clockwise direction from Ice Palace Park at the north end of the city. Traveling this direction allowed us to kick off our ride with lots of historical goodies; many mining relics lie along the northeastern side of the loop; historical signage tells you the story of the mining industry here. Shortly after leaving the park, you'll need to cross Highway 24, but as Leadville is a relatively quiet town, this was not difficult; there is also a brief on-road section (about 200 yards) along 12th Street, but it's a very quiet road, so even novice riders should feel comfortable. As you continue past mile markers 2 and 3, the trail is absolutely beautiful and lined with pine trees. You'll see a glimpse of paralleling railroad tracks here and, if your timing is right, a scenic excursion train as well. The depot for the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad is right in town, if you want to add a sight-seeing tour to your trip. Towards the middle of the trail, you'll see more aspens and, in mid-September, they were gorgeously golden. One of our favorite parts of the trail was the awesome downhill ride with fun twists and turns between mile markers 8 and 10 on the southwestern side of the loop. As you approach the end of the trail, at mile marker 11, the trail becomes more residential and you'll see Leadville's downtown. NOTE: The one downside to the trail (and the only reason I didn't give it 5 out of 5 stars) is that there are almost no amenities; we recommended bringing lots of water with you and beginning/ending your journey in Ice Palace Park, where there are clean restrooms and a drinking fountain on the side of the building.

Accordion

Rio Grande Trail

Spend the night next to the trail

September, 2018 by victoria.g.alexander

I biked this trail when I was pregnant. Now I want to bike
it both ways in 2 days with my child in a bike trailer. Do you guys know of any Airbnb’s or some type of lodging right off the bike trail with a restaurant within walking distance? I do not want to travel on roads with my child. Thanks!!

Bear Creek Trail (Denver)

love this trail

September, 2018 by emilee.23

Great scenery, easy trail.

Mary Carter Greenway (Arapahoe Greenway)

love this trail

September, 2018 by emilee.23

I bike this trail every few weeks or so. Great scenery, people are courteous.

Arkansas River Trail (Pueblo)

The Arkansas River section goes 3 miles beyond what TrailLink shows, and the Fort Creek section adds another 5 miles, all excellent concrete surface. See https://www.pueblo.us/314/Pueblo-River-Trail-System for a nice PDF map.

September, 2018 by rpersons

The Arkansas River section goes 3 miles beyond what TrailLink shows, and the Fort Creek section adds another 5 miles, all excellent concrete surface. See https://www.pueblo.us/314/Pueblo-River-Trail-System for a nice PDF map.

Cherry Creek Regional Trail

Riding our Recumbent Trikes along the Cherry Creek Trail

September, 2018 by bjandjoondo

We rode the section from the McCabe Meadows Trail Head to the Cherry Creek Reservoir around 27 miles round trip. Although it's mostly only 8 ft. wide, the trail is in very good shape and has lot's of wooded, prairie and urban sections. It's a mellow ride with very few big inclines! We really appreciated that there were several trail heads with facilities (restrooms, picnic table, etc.). We plan to ride the next section north into Down Town Denver soon, we really enjoyed this trail!

Coal Creek Regional Trail

Nice trail

August, 2018 by greg131

I started on S Public road in Lafayette. The trail is well marked and a mixture of gravel, small sections of concrete. There were underpasses to avoid major roads. The countryside was pretty, starting out very lush by the creek, then turning more arid from Lafayette to Eire. There are sections of the trail that were washed out, so while biking, care is needed to navigate those sections. There is a good deal of wild life in and around the trail. Watch out for several prairie dog holes right in the middle of the trail. Bring water and some snacks. Overall, I would recommend the trail.

Loveland Recreation Trail

Still not finished

August, 2018 by rockymtnman.007

Rode this trail Aug 27th 2018, it forms a loop 21+ mile loop around Loveland Co. The eastern part of the trail is excellent as it goes north from US 34 through the seven lakes area and continues along the west shore of Boyd Lake. At the north end of Boyd Lake the trail splits. The Loveland loop heads straight west for 2-3 miles and passes under highway 287. (Optionally, one can turn north and connect to the Ft Collins trails). This part of the trail is in excellent condition, fully paved and 12 feet wide. Once under 287 the trail itself heads west for about 1/2 mile where it ends. At this point one can ride or walk along about 100 yards or so of dirt to 57th street. 57th street is busy and has no bike lane, but now there is only about 300 yards along 57th street to the new long view trail parking lot. (Optionally, one can ride along 57th street from 287 to the long view trail parking lot, a distance of 1/2 mile or more). The long view trail opened on Aug. 18th 2018 and connects the west side Loveland trails with the Ft Collins trails. It follows along Taft ave in Loveland which is Shields in Ft Collins. So, at this point one can choice to go north on the long view trail to Ft Collins or go south along the west side of Loveland to complete the loop around Loveland. To go south one crosses to the southwest corner of 57th street and Taft ave where the trail continues south. This part of the trail is in excellent condition, paved and 12 feet wide. There is a short section along Wilson avenue that is bike lane instead of trail, but the trail picks up again and continues south where it goes under US 34. At the “T” turn left (east) and continue to Namaque Ave. Here the pavement ends but the trail continues straight along the canal on dirt to Wilson. Turn south along Wilson and then under Wilson where the trail heads straight east along the Thompson River and into RxR park, go around the north end of the park and then swing south. The path will turn east again and go under highway 287 and swing north, up the hill and onto Washington Street. The stretch along Washington is only 1/2 mile long to 1st street. Cross 1st street, and continue east to the Chilson Center where is turns straight north, across 4th street and continue north under Madison street and then across Boise and back to US 34. For the remainder of 2018 Wilson is under construction and access to the trail at Wilson is closed. So, at Namaque Ave, turn south on Namaque to 1st street, east on 1st street to Dotsero Dr, north on Dotsero through a neighborhood where there is access to the trail again. Parking is available at the Walmart on highway 34 & Denver Ave, at the Chilson Center, at the RxR park, at Mehaffey Park, and on the street in many other locations along the trail. This will be a great trail once finished, but for now it still has a couple of rough spots.

Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

Nice concrete trail

August, 2018 by jaredallison

I was a bit skeptical of this trail at first since it starts out quite twisty and winding with a lot of debris from the trees. It also passes a few parking lots but once that’s behind you it starts to get much nicer. There are only a couple of road crossings - the rest you go underneath the bridges with the stream that parallels much of the trail. I did most of the trail on inline skates and it worked out fine.

Vail Pass Recpath

Beautiful Trail, but steep!

August, 2018 by jaredallison

Make no mistake this might be a rail-trail but it is very steep with several hairpin turns. Great if you’re coasting downhill but be prepared going up. I did the uphill part of this trail on inline skates and would not recommend that unless you’re really looking for a workout and are comfortable speeding down hills. The trail itself is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever been on, and you don’t really even notice the Interstate nearby. The surface was a little iffy at first near Copper Mountain but was mostly great save for a few washouts from all the rain. I can’t wait to come bqck with a bike

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews
OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!
OR