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Derby Mesa Loop

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 1

A highly scenic loop ride that travels between the Colorado River, at the Town of Burns, and the Flat Top Wilderness Area. High desert temperatures make this an outstanding early or late season ride. Local rancher traffic only and plenty of wildlife (bighorn sheep, elk and bald eagles). Conveniently located as a day trip from Vail, Glenwood Springs or Steamboat Springs. A long, gradual climb brings you to a spectacular 8,000 canyon rim view and historic water flume. Short descent into Derby Creek Canyon, short climb back out, and long, exciting descent (make sure to stop and check out the view before the final descent) back to the Colorado River and the Town of Burns. Don't be misled by warm temps at the parking area -- bring a shell along for the chilly (spring/autumn)north-facing section of this ride. The difference in temps, although high desert, can be quite substantial. Trust me! Chinese food at Chelsea's (Oak Creek) or cocktails at the Wolcott Yacht Club are highly recommended afterwards.
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Trail Directions
The Town of Burns is located on County Road 301 between Dotsero (I-70 exit 133) and State Route 133 (between Wolcott and Steamboat Springs). PARK AT THE BURNS POST OFFICE. Derby Mesa Loop (County Road 39) starts here.
Trail Length
12-15 miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Fire Roads

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Review Date
May 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Zirkel ,  Cross Country Rider

A super fun, scenic, fast, high-elevation county dirt loop. Don't be put off by the fact that this ride entirely follows a county road -- it's way out there!

I've done this ride many times in the Spring and Fall and it ceases to amaze me. Long, steady climbs. Fast downhills. Solitude. Amazing views of the Flat tops.

This would be an prime early season MTB ride, training ride, or cross bike adventure if you lived in Steamboat or Vail.

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