Mountain Biking 101: Buzzard Gulch Trails – Montrose, CO

Whether you are recovering from an injury, need a place to ride with the kids, or just want some easier singletrack to ramp up some base miles, there are plenty of fun trails and zones all over Colorado where you can play and have some adventures too. Over the course of this summer and beyond, we will be featuring these zones in our Mountain Biking 101 series of posts.

Mountain biking 101- Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO

Our second featured ride belongs to the Buzzard Gulch Trails which lie just southwest of Montrose, CO. This system of trails is close to as easy as it gets! But, they offer great views of the San Juans and Grand Mesa in the distance. This easy singletrack is fun and flowy for riders of all levels.

Mountain biking 101- Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.
The main Buzzard Gulch Trail.
Mountain biking 101- Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.
True beginners will love the main Buzzard Gulch Trail.

There are many trails that make up this system. They range in length from 0.1 miles to 1.3 miles. There are so many trails that sometimes making choices can be difficult. But, the main Buzzard Gulch is the easiest trail and is for true beginners. A couple of trails like Vulture Rim and Mail box are more difficult. The rest are largely at an “advanced beginner” level.

Mountain biking 101- Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.
Other trails feel more like true singletrack but are still easy.

I the spring, the trails have a lot of colorful foliage like these claret cups.
Claret Cups on the Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

I am pretty sure this is a lily of some sort, but don’t know the exact variety. It reminds me of a mariposa lily and sego lily, but with more yellow.
desert lily of some sort in Colorado.

More claret cups.
Claret cups on the Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

One of the many views of the beautiful San Juans towering above.
Mountain biking 101- Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

Looking down at the Buzzard Gulch Trails from above.
Mountain biking 101- Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

Mountain biking 101- Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

The highlight of the area is the Spring Creek Canyon Overlook.
Spring Creek Canyon Overlook on the Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

Spring Creek Canyon Overlook on the Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

The more difficult Vulture Rim trail can offer a short bit of fun for more intermediate/advanced riders.
Vulture Rim Trail near Montrose, CO.

Vulture Rim Trail near Montrose, CO.

It looks a lot harder than it is.
Vulture Rim Trail near Montrose, CO.

This series of steps on the Vulture Rim trail can provide a nice challenge.
Vulture Rim Trail near Montrose, CO.

Map of Buzzard Gulch Trails

Here’s a map to get you started riding the Buzzard Gulch trails! I was able to piece together various loops to make a 13.6 mile ride. However, you can do much short as well!

And an image of the posted map at the trailhead. Click to enlarge.
Mountain biking 101 - Buzzard Gulch Trails near Montrose, CO.

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The Buzzard Gulch Trails system offers several trials and loops that are great for beginners as well as the magnificent Spring Creek Canyon Overlook!
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