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Owner description: This bike trail winds through a canyon and offers scenic vistas of the Colorado River.
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

The weather made for a really sunny and wonderful ride.

Visited March 2012
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Port Townsend, Washington
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“The Best Bike Trail in Colorado”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

It was washed out last year from weather...however...this if one of the best "hard" bike paths around Colorado...it follows the roaring Colorado River...esp in the spring run-off...and goes forever...passing many of the great hiking places along the way like Hanging Lake etc...lots of gorgeous scenery...and rest/picnic areas...loads of fun...

Visited November 2011
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“Fun tour, not to challenging.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

You can do this tour on your own, no guide is necessary. Beautiful canyon, easy and level course.

Visited September 2011
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Over 80 Miles of Asphalt - For Bikes ONLY!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

What a great path... you can't get lost and it has lots of nice places to stop along the way.

Visited July 2011
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Carbondale, Colorado
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“Outstanding example of intelligent Interstate Highway design.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2011

This trail runs for 18 miles parallel to Interstate Highway 70 through Glenwood Canyon, on the north side of the Colorado River. The canyon is very deep and narrow, and the river occupies most of the canyon floor.

When the old U.S. Highway 6 was expanded to a 4-lane interstate in the 1970s, there were millions of dollars per mile spent in an effort to preserve the scenic magnificense of the canyon to the extent possible. Part of this involved constructing this paved bicycle/hiking trail along with the highway. There are also 4 rest stops along the highway and trail that are among the most scenic on the entire Interstate Highway system and provide access to the Colorado River and side canyons (such as the one with Hanging Lake).

For most of its length, the trail is squeezed between the highway and the river. This provides wonderful views of the river, and when the river is running high in May and June, using the trail has much of the excitement of rafting the river. (In fact, the trail is so close to the river in places that a part of it was washed out by unusually high water this spring and required several months to repair.)

The only down-side of the trail is that it is so close to the highway along most of its length that the traffic noise is objectionable. There is a 50 mph speed limit that would substantially reduce the noise and safety hazard from sharp curves to motorists if it were enforced, but it is not, and a number of motorists die every year from accidents that generally are caused by speeding trucks. But the Colorado Department of Transportation generally deserves credit for having done the best that the rugged terrain allowed in incorporating this trail into the highway construction.

Visited November 2011
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