Telluride is a biker’s playground for both motorized and non-motorized bikes. With our abundance of former mining roads and dirt trails, many bikers bring out their ATVs, motorcycles, and dirt bikes to test their skills on our rocky landscape.
Observe all trail signs and be on the lookout for others on the trails, such as hikers and runners. It’s also important to pay attention to signage regarding private property.
The scenic San Juan Skyway is very popular with motorcyclists due to the curves and breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. In 1988, the road was designated a National Forest Scenic Byway, then rechristened a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989, and finally in 1996 it was named an All-American Road.
You may either rent or use your own equipment or take a guided tour where you’ll not only experience the same fantastic views, but you’ll learn more about Southwest Colorado and its history. The ATV tours are on U.S. Forest Service roads and trails and include plenty of photo taking opportunities and the tours are crafted around your comfort and skill level.
For any ATV or motorcycle tour, you will need to a driver’s license or permit to operate the vehicle and children must ride with a licensed adult driver. Some local outfitters require insurance documentation for rentals as well, so please verify with the rental company any documents you may need to have on hand.
It’s recommended to dress for both hot and cool weather as the weather in the San Juan Mountains can change quickly as well as packing or renting protective gear like helmets and googles. Dress in layers and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. You may wish to bring sunscreen and sunglasses if you don’t plan to wear googles. For mountain biking, pack extra water as it’s important to stay hydrated especially at higher elevations.
Most ATV and dirt bike rental companies start summer operations in May and run through October.