Just 20-some minutes west of Vail where the Rockies sweep down to join Colorado’s Western Slope, Eagle is known as a secret stash for mountain bikers. Appearing on the national radar screen just a few short years ago as it launched its unique Singletrack Sidewalks program, Eagle has quietly, yet authoritatively asserted itself as as “the next, best place to live”.
Launched over 10 years ago, the Eagle Outside Festival was created to showcase Eagle’s great weather, fantastic dining, a rapidly maturing craft brewing scene and best of all, its sprawling trail network. The trails are the star of the show at our event. Spanning three different climate zones (from high desert to high alpine and everything in between,) they’re also accessible from just about anywhere in town.
The centerpieces of our festival are the free consumer demo and the insanely sweet Firebird XC race on one of the fastest purpose built cross country courses anywhere. The demo attracts the bike industry’s best brands and the racing is top-notch. As an extra bonus, attendees can enjoy The Bonfire Block Party, a downtown throw-down of a street party with national touring musicians, great craft beer and more in a unique downtown venue. There’s a little something for everyone here in Eagle the weekend of June 2-4, so think about heading our way for your riding, racing and music-loving fix!
For more info: https://eagleoutside.com/eagle-outside-festival/
Feeling like a million bucks is easy on Eagle’s world-class mountain bike trails! Their trail system is unique, with over 100 miles of singletrack. Built with all levels of riders in mind, your ride will take you over a variety of winding singletrack through high desert, aspen groves and dense, fragrant evergreen forests. The town-owned open space trails are open April 15-December 15 every year. BLM trails such as Boneyard, Redneck Ridge and the first 2 loops of the Haymaker Trail stay open year-round. Eagle is located directly off I-70, just 30 minutes west of Vail.
From the co-founder of the iconic Trans-Iowa gravel race comes the Hardscrabble Humper – a mixed-terrain backcountry cycling race coming to Eagle, Colorado in 2019 ***
The Hardscrabble Humper course covers 69-miles and dishes up nearly 8,200 feet of leg busting climbing in the Colorado backcountry. Course highlights include: varied mixed terrain and surfaces, big views of the towering Sawatch mountain range, the small mining town of Fulford, some bone chilling water crossings, a chunky hike-a-bike, and possibly a snow bank glissade or two.
The Hardscrabble Humper is designed to test the seasoned cyclists, but also be an obtainable adventure for the not-so seasoned cyclists. Regardless of your skill level, you will come out of this adventure with a new appreciation for your equipment as well as your inner drive as an athlete, cyclist, and human being.
We invite you to join us for a good Humping!
Hardscrabble: Involving hard work and struggle. A mountain peak topping out at 10,600 ft south of Eagle, Colorado
hard·scrab·ble – \ ˈhärd-ˌskra-bəl \
Humper: One who moves with physical effort to covering difficult terrain.
hum·per – \ ˈhəmpər \
*** Permits pending by the US Forest Service.
Oct 6-7 - CO High School Cycling League Conference Championship race in Eagle
December 1 - April 15
Seasonal gate closures occur annually in multiple locations in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties:
- Basalt Mountain (south portion)
- Boiler-East Elk Creek (north of New Castle )
- Dry Rifle Creek (east of Rifle Gap Reservoir)
- East Eagle-Bellyache Ridge except Red Neck Ridge and Boneyard mountain bike trails paralleling County Road 21 (east of Eagle)
- Fisher Creek-Cattle Creek (north of Carbondale)
- Flatiron Mesa (south of Rifle)
- Light Hill (south of Basalt)
- Red Canyon-Hells Pocket-Bocco Mountain (south of I-70 and south of Castle Peak)
- Northside of the Red Hill SRMA (north of Carbondale)
- The Crown, except a mountain bike trail paralleling Pitkin County Road 5 (southeast of Carbondale)
- Thompson Creek/Holgate Mesa (southwest of Carbondale)
- West Rifle Creek (west of Rifle Gap Reservoir)
- Williams Hill (southeast of Basalt)
- Winter Ridge-Pisgah Mountain-Windy Point-Domantle areas (north of Castle Peak).
January 16 - April 15
In conjunction with Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s request for late season big game hunting access, the following areas in Eagle County will be closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles:
- East Castle Peak (eastside of Castle Peak)
- Greenhorn/Cottonwood Creek ( (north of Gypsum)
- Hardscrabble (south of I-70 between Eagle and Gypsum)
- Lower Colorado Valley Winter Closure Map
- Roaring Fork Valley Winter Closure Map
- Eagle Valley Winter Wildlife Closure Map
Additional seasonal closures include the upper Transfer Trail gate above Glenwood Springs, which was closed Nov. 23 to maintain conditions for snowmobiling. BLM’s Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds in Eagle County are closed for the winter and will reopen next spring.
A complete list and maps of the areas affected by these winter closures are available at the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt, 2300 River Frontage Road. For additional information or to report violations in these areas call the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt, (970) 876-9000.