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Ute Valley

Average Rating:    (4.61 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 31

Like a training grounds. Little uphill, little downhill -- varied terrain. Parts that are rocky a la Moab and parts that are single track dirt. Some scree here and there. Overall a nice "urban" ride where you can practice some stuff. Not as technical as Palmer Park, but some intermediate areas.
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Latitude
38.92442776174775
Longitude
-104.85832214355469
Trail Directions
I-25 to Rockrimmon Exit, take Rockrimmon past Marriot and hang a left on Vindicator at the Safeway. About a half mile up on the left is a parking lot. Park here and get riding.
Trail Length
Whatever you make it (bunch of loops)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Colorado Springs
   


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Review Date
November 9, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kevin ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this for the first time today and I really enjoyed it. I am just getting into mountain biking, so this was a great place for me. There was some challenging uphill climbs as well as a good amount of fun downhill runs over smooth rocks and roots. There weren't any sections that were way over my head, but I did have to get off a few times.

The only complaint I have is that the trails aren't mark very well at all, and in fact, usually aren't marked at all. So if you don't know where you are going it is quite easy to get lost. But then again, it's not a huge park so it's not too big of a deal

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red Rock - another good space that I enjoyed - definitely a good place for beginners/intermediate riders



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Review Date
July 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike D. ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It's an ok trail, but not marked well. Had trails leading nowhere. A few slickrock sections to keep it fun, but nothing long or sustained. Seems like it could use some maintenance. I'm sure you could find a few good loops, you just need to memorize them.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palmer Park



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Review Date
May 19, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: pitt44904 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Pure fun. The climbs aren't too hard, and everything is rideable, but it's all just challenging enough to be alot of fun. I'm not sure if it's official, but the trail across from the southern(?) end, through the disc golf area is fun singletrack over lots of rocks. As others have noted, you have to do laps to get distance, but I just got back from a 2.5 hour ride there without repeating many sections.

Recommended Route:
Just explore the park. I usually go southeast out of the parking lot, up the climb behind the school, down the steep hill, left @ the fork. From there to the road, it's mostly downhill over lots of slickrock and some roots (very fun). If you want to go thru the disc golf course, take a left on the road, right @ the stop sign, and it's just up the road on the right. That trail is just out and back for a few miles. After that, I improvise. I usually go down into the valley and climb up the other side of the park. The rugged doubletrack down towards the little bridge is a blast. Again, just explore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palmer Park



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Review Date
November 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Hitman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have ridden this trail two weekends, in a row, and am still very impressed. Had a short ride last weekend, due to snow, but quickly found a quick loop that had some decent downhill and not that hard of climbs. Today we were able to explore and found three or four great section of downhill with some tech stuff and rode back up through the valley to come back over the mountain, to a great downhill prior to returning to the parking lot. Fun to explore, nice wide trails, and some sandy areas. Very comparable to Palmer.

Recommended Route:
Explore the different trails, make sure to remain off the hiking only trails. There is a section of the center heading west that the sign has been removed and the fence is down, but stay off this, it is not a trail anymore. Best route for us is to head south east out of parking lot toward the highschool, after accending the big hill remain on main trail which breaks right and down a short section of tech stuff, then across the valley, across the wood bridge, and head up the other side, short climb, break left at the four way section in trail, follow that up continued slow climb, rewarded by nice swooping downhill with some more tech mini drops, then drops back into the valley, head northwest to single track back to where you first dropped in valley, cut right, back tracking for short but challenging climb, almost at top, cut right on simi double track, follow that drops quickly, and short climb rewarded by another nice drop of tech section, cut right at split halfway down, and again right a little further down, on single track which rides the side of the ridge for a short while and then nice little drop section, back to single track heading west up the valley. Finish day off wit

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Finish day off, coming back to 1st cross section follow that left to four way go past this time just a little and take single on right. takes you all way up to top of ridge at dirt road come back right, and will be rewarded by nice drop into the valley heading toward the parking lot. 1-2 hour ride. can add many options. comparable to palmer.



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Review Date
October 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mtnbiker0755 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Some pretty sweet sections are at Ute. Everything can be ridden without getting off of your bike. If you are a beginner, then stay away from the northshore section. The northshore stuff is all torn up, but the trail where it used to be is still sweet. The downhill sections, although short, are fun and the ascents are challenging and provide a decent workout. If you ride 3-4 loops, you'll be feelin the burn.

Recommended Route:
Just explore.... But make sure you check out the 8ft drop in the southern part of the park at the top of the dirt road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palmer Park



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