Where is Canyon Bikes?
We are located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on the street level of the Hotel Colorado and directly across from the Hot Springs Pool. Our office is one block from the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trailhead and 2 blocks from the Rio Grande Trailhead. Our rafting company, Blue Sky Adventures, is in the same office.
When are we open?
Depending on weather, Canyon Bikes typically opens in late April or early May and closes in mid-October. We attempt to keep the following schedule:
Opening Day - Memorial Day Weekend & Labor Day - Closing Day: Daily Hours are 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Day - Labor Day: Daily Hours are 8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
What is the Shuttle service?
Canyon Bikes provides a scheduled van service offering shuttles to the Bair Ranch Rest Area near the east end of the Glenwood Canyon. This provides bikers the opportunity to take in the most scenic parts of the canyon all while following the Colorado River in the downriver direction.
What time does the Shuttle service operate?
Shuttle service times will vary depending on the time of year and demand for service. Please call 970-945-8904 or 1-877-945-6605 for the current schedule. We will generally run the following shuttles:
Opening Day - Memorial Day Weekend & Labor Day - Closing Day: Scheduled Shuttle Times - 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Memorial Day - Labor Day: Scheduled Shuttle Times - 8:30 a.m., 10:30a.m., 12:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
What are the advantages of using the Shuttle?
By using the Shuttle service you can enjoy the Glenwood Canyon from Bair Ranch to Glenwood Springs, one way, eliminating the need to do a 28 mile round trip. The Shuttle makes the Canyon ride more "do-able" for people of all ages and with a variety of abilities. It also allows you to take your time and enjoy all that the Canyon has to offer.
Are reservations required?
Reservations are recommended. Canyon Bikes accepts reservations online, by phone, or by stopping by our office. Walk-ins are welcome, although we encourage advanced reservations to better fulfill each individual's requests or needs, and because space is limited.
How long is the trail?
From the trailhead in Glenwood Springs to the Dotsero trailhead at the east end of the Canyon it is 16.2 miles. If you plan on doing the shuttle, we will shuttle you 14 miles up the Glenwood Canyon to the Bair Ranch Rest Area.
Is the trail steep or difficult to ride?
No, it is an easy riding trail with one hill located at the No Name rest area. It is paved and well maintained as well as almost entirely downhill from the east end of the canyon back to Glenwood Springs.
How long will it take me to ride the trail?
That depends on how fast you ride and how much time you take to enjoy the Canyon, the views and the Colorado River. Our average rider is in the Canyon between 3 and 4 hours. The average time for return if any side hikes are included is 4 to 5 hours.
What happens if we have a problem during the ride?
Just call from a personal cell phone and provide us with your location and information regarding any issues. For swifter attention if you can make it to a rest area, we ask that you do. They are the only trail access points for our vans. We will send a shuttle to bring replacement equipment or pick you up.
Do cell phones work in the Glenwood Canyon?
Depending on your service provider cell phone reception is available, but limited, and seems to work best at or near the Rest Areas.
Are there any restrooms or drinking water on the trail?
Yes, at each rest area (Bair Ranch, Hanging Lake, Shoshone, Grizzly Creek, and No Name) restrooms are available. With the exception of Shoshone, drinking water, picnic tables, and vending machines are also available.
What kind of bikes do you rent and are they geared?
Each year we purchase new, state-of-the-art, hybrid bikes, youth bikes, full suspension mountain bikes, and road bikes from Giant. The 21 to 24 speed bikes are very easy to shift and our staff will teach you how to easily change gears. For more experienced riders, our demo fleet is made up of an impressive line of Giant's Trance 27.5 full suspension mountain bikes, Defy Composite 2 and Anyroad 2 road bikes.
What kind of equipment do you have for children?
We have Giant's 20"Revel Jr. and 24"XTC bikes for kids who can ride independently. For those who need adult assistance we have trailer bikes and double and single children's trailers.
What about helmets, packs, locks, and water bottles?
Canyon Bikes includes the use of a Bell bike helmet in the cost of the rental and requires its use. Handle bar packs for carrying lunches or personal items and bike locks are available at no extra cost if you need them. Souvenir bike bottles are for sale in our office.
How far is it from Glenwood Springs to the Hanging Lake?
It is 10.2 miles to the Rest Area. The hike up to Hanging Lake is 1.2 miles. The trail steep, with an elevation gain of just over 1,000 feet, but has many places to take a break along the way.