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      Heil Valley Ranch was severely affected by the October 17, 2020 CalWood Fire. The south side of the property was closed for 607 days and reopened on June 16, 2021. Middle Wapiti (the first section of singletrack) remains closed with no reopening date for nesting golden eagles.

      Heil Valley Ranch is a great place for strong intermediate riders. The new Overland Loop intermediate trail and the new Schoolhouse Loop beginner/kids trail (opened June 7, 2019) makes it a great place to beginners to learn before heading further into Heil for the challenging Wapiti trail.

      Most of the trails here are crafted with mountain bikers in mind. If great turns on well-built rock-armored trails are on your mind today, Heil is the place to go There are heaps of Easter eggs to be found (the fun jumps and rock problems kind, not the chicken egg kind. If you find a real egg, best leave it so you don't anger a mama turkey or alligator who laid it).

      Heil is totally rideable on a hardtail, but you'll be sore at the end of the day. Lots of medium sized "babyhead" rocks abound (and often bound up at you when you run over them), so it's bumpy! But, hop on a bigger travel mountain bike and the trails smooth out like butter... well, maybe like chunky spoiled milk, but you get the point.

      Check out the Van Hagar if you want to see a sort of "best of" for more advanced riders here. Or, ride up one side and down the other (like Lyons to Wapiti via Picture Rock or the other way 'round).

      This place gets mad busy in the spring when all the people who don't realize that biking is fun all the time abandon that silly sport of sliding downhill on wooden sticks and start riding again. If you want to come ride on a warm sunny weekend day, get here early or you might find the parking lots all full.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: Regional Recreation Area
      Land Manager: Boulder County Parks & Open Space
      Corral Trailhead Parking google parking directions
      Disclaimer:
      Dogs/pets are not allowed at Heil Valley Ranch.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Jun 16, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      10
      Trails Mountain Bike
      9
      Trails Hike
      9
      Trails Trail Running
      9
      Trails Horse
      1
      Total Distance
      18 miles
      Total Descent
      1,378 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,407 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,808 ft
      Reports
      739
      Photos
      101
      Ridden Counter
      4,241

      Photos of Heil Valley Ranch Mountain Bike

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      Jun 27, 2022 @ 2:52pm
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      Jun 27, 2022 @ 2:52pm
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      Jun 27, 2022 @ 2:51pm
      Jun 27, 2022
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      Jun 27, 2022 @ 2:51pm
      Jun 27, 2022
      trail: Overland Loop
      3 |
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 2:45pm
      Jun 27, 2022
      trail: Overland Loop
      2 |
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 2:42pm
      Jun 27, 2022
      trail: Picture Rock
      462 |
      Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:08am
      Feb 27, 2015
      trail: Upper Wapiti
      408 |
      Jun 4, 2013 @ 10:07pm
      Jun 4, 2013

      Videos of Heil Valley Ranch Mountain Bike

      Picture Rock - Heil Valley Ranch - Lyons -...
      3:53 | 158 | Sep 7, 2021 , Lyons
      youtuber Overland Loop | Family Friendly MTB at Heil...
      9:52 | 265 | Aug 21, 2017 , Lyons
      youtuber Fox DPX2 Review | Full Wapiti Descent at Heil...
      10:17 | 270 | Aug 22, 2017 , Lyons
      youtuber Fox DPX2 Review | Clockwise on Ponderosa and...

      9:44 | 152 | Aug 26, 2017
      youtuber Riding in Mountain Lion Country - Mountain...
      14:38 | 444 | Dec 4, 2018 , Lyons
      youtuber Mountain Biking at Heil Valley Ranch - Lower...
      1014 | Aug 31, 2016 , Lyons
      youtuber CO MTB  | Heil Valley Ranch - Upper Picture...
      696 | Aug 31, 2016 , Lyons
      youtuber Mountain Biking at Heil Valley Ranch - Wild...
      594 | Aug 31, 2016 , Lyons

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Picture Rock
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 12:12pm
      2 days
      Drygmartinez146
      Overland Loop
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 6:53pm
      Jun 16, 2022
      Very Dryprovin1327
      Ponderosa Loop
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 6:52pm
      Jun 16, 2022
      Very Dryprovin1327
      Upper Wapiti
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 6:52pm
      Jun 16, 2022
      Very DryDry as a bone and a few spots are overrun...provin1327
      Heil Valley Ranch Road
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 4:08am
      Jun 16, 2022
      DryOpen and dry!WendyBMA BMA
      Lower Wapiti
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 4:08am
      Jun 16, 2022
      DryOpen and dry!WendyBMA BMA
      Overland Access (N)
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 4:08am
      Jun 16, 2022
      DryOpen and dry!WendyBMA BMA
      Overland Access (S)
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 4:08am
      Jun 16, 2022
      DryOpen and dry!WendyBMA BMA
      Schoolhouse Loop
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 4:08am
      Jun 16, 2022
      DryOpen and dry!WendyBMA BMA
      Skills Loop
      Jun 16, 2022 @ 4:08am
      Jun 16, 2022
      DryOpen and dry!WendyBMA BMA

      Activity Feed

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      user #2759897tromero72wishlistrouteThe Van Hagar - Best of Both Worlds!
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 6:49am
      24 hours
      user #2121241gmartinez146addreportPicture Rock
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 3:06pm
      2 days
      user #2801869LohhariwishlistrouteYa great big turkey
      Jul 2, 2022 @ 12:52pm
      2 days
      user #926708CleonwishlistrouteThe Little Burrito
      Jun 29, 2022 @ 8:15pm
      Jun 29, 2022
      user #1668118mhynekaddphoto in My City and 9 more
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 2:40pm
      Jun 27, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #1516371AuntshawntrailPicture RockAwesome flows trail…even going uphill. Last...
      Nov 13, 2021 @ 1:51pm
      Nov 13, 2021
      user #1922397YamashktrailPicture RockBring a bell or be prepared to sing on the...
      Aug 23, 2021 @ 8:33am
      Aug 23, 2021
      user #2526407TimDave13reportPicture RockTrail is mostly dry. Only a few small puddles...
      Aug 2, 2021 @ 12:56pm
      Aug 2, 2021
      user #1493826WendyBMAreportPicture RockYay for trail conditions poetry!
      Jun 7, 2021 @ 1:31pm
      Jun 7, 2021
      user #1261865provin1327trailPonderosa LoopSuch a fun trail. You have to work for your...
      Aug 26, 2020 @ 7:18pm
      Aug 26, 2020

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike917 miles1,115 ft5 miles1,407 ft
      #1,253#674100720104,345
      Hike918 miles1,302 ft5 miles1,407 ft
      #993#6171711723
      Trail Running918 miles1,302 ft5 miles1,407 ft
      #999#616710733
      Horse11 mile262 ft1 mile266 ft
      1754
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