Don’t hang up your bike just because the trails are covered in snow. Grab a fat bike and head to one of Leadville’s numerous groomed trails. In this high-altitude city, winter is king and fat bikes rule. With oversized tires designed for low inflation, fat bikes allow for riding on soft, unstable terrain, like snow.
Fat biking is a superb exercise and an even better way to explore Leadville’s vast wilderness and extensive mining history. With miles upon miles of trails that wind through forests and Leadville’s Historic Mining District, a fat bike adventure can provide an afternoon of exhilarating fun.
As the popularity of fat biking has expanded, so, too have the number of competitive events. Leadville’s Cloud City Wheelers hosts a series of winter mountain bike races throughout the city on groomed Nordic ski trails, groomed singletrack, and snowmobile trails.
Leadville’s most popular fat bike areas include the Mineral Belt Trail and the Historic Mining District, both of which showcase old mines, cabins, and interpretive signs. Just outside town, Turquoise Lake and Mt. Massive Golf Course offer some of Leadville’s greatest mountain scenery. At the base of Ski Cooper, you’ll find the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, whose well-marked, groomed trails wind through a majestic forest setting.