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      Attention NOTE: Attention Heil Valley Ranch was severely affected by the CalWood Fire. Portions of Heil Valley Ranch are open to on-trail use only including the Wild Turkey trail, the Ponderosa Loop, and the Picture Rock Trail. Please be respectful of the closed areas due to safety hazards. Access to Heil is only available from the north side from the town of Lyons.

      The following trails at Heil Valley Ranch are currently closed due to damage from the CalWood Fire:
      • Lichen Loop
      Overland Loop
      Wapiti Trail
      Schoolhouse Loop
      Grindstone Quarry Trail


      The CalWood Fire started on Oct. 17, 2020 and raced downwind and downslope through Heil Valley Ranch. It consumed 5,000 acres in about five hours. In the end, it covered more than 10,000 acres with more than half of that on Boulder County property (4,400 acres) and conservation easements (1,400 acres). The shelter, restrooms, and kiosks are undamaged, but bridges, fences, benches, and signs were destroyed. Read more.

      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
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      Disclaimer:
      Dogs/pets are not allowed at Heil Valley Ranch.
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      Region Details
      • 2
      • 4

      Region Status
      Caution as of Jun 10, 2021
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      7
      Trails Mountain Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      6
      Trails Trail Running
      6
      Trails Horse
      1
      Total Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      2,509 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,409 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,808 ft
      Reports
      620
      Photos
      80
      Ridden Counter
      3,573

      Popular Heil Valley Ranch Mountain Biking Trails

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 3 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance

      Photos of Heil Valley Ranch Mountain Bike

      trail: Picture Rock
      44 |
      Dec 28, 2020 @ 10:22am
      Dec 28, 2020
      64 |
      Oct 2, 2020 @ 6:40pm
      Oct 2, 2020
      50 |
      Oct 2, 2020 @ 6:40pm
      Oct 2, 2020
      57 |
      Oct 2, 2020 @ 6:40pm
      Oct 2, 2020
      71 |
      Oct 2, 2020 @ 6:40pm
      Oct 2, 2020
      52 |
      Oct 2, 2020 @ 6:40pm
      Oct 2, 2020
      trail: Picture Rock
      373 |
      Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:08am
      Feb 27, 2015
      trail: Wapiti
      376 |
      Jun 4, 2013 @ 10:07pm
      Jun 4, 2013

      Videos of Heil Valley Ranch Mountain Bike

      youtuber Overland Loop | Family Friendly MTB at Heil...
      9:52 | 171 | Aug 21, 2017 , Lyons
      youtuber Fox DPX2 Review | Full Wapiti Descent at Heil...
      trail: Wapiti
      10:17 | 176 | Aug 22, 2017 , Lyons
      youtuber Fox DPX2 Review | Clockwise on Ponderosa and...

      9:44 | 101 | Aug 26, 2017
      youtuber Riding in Mountain Lion Country - Mountain...
      14:38 | 316 | Dec 4, 2018 , Lyons
      youtuber Mountain Biking at Heil Valley Ranch - Lower...
      779 | Aug 31, 2016 , Lyons
      youtuber Mountain Biking at Heil Valley Ranch - Upper...
      587 | Aug 31, 2016 , Lyons
      youtuber Mountain Biking at Heil Valley Ranch - Wild...
      490 | Aug 31, 2016 , Lyons

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Wild Turkey
      Jun 14, 2021 @ 9:05am
      Jun 14, 2021
      WetOne wet spot (about 15' long) on northern...
      Ponderosa Loop
      Jun 10, 2021 @ 12:06pm
      Jun 10, 2021
      UnknownWendyBMA BMATrail is open. If you ride please update...
      Picture Rock
      Jun 7, 2021 @ 1:01pm
      Jun 7, 2021
      IdealbriananackerHere I sit on the bench atop Picture...
      Heil Valley Ranch Road
      Apr 13, 2021 @ 7:37pm
      Apr 13, 2021
      UnknownWendyBMA BMAClosed due to fire recovery. Expected to...
      Overland Access (N)
      Apr 13, 2021 @ 7:37pm
      Apr 13, 2021
      UnknownWendyBMA BMAClosed due to fire recovery. Expected to...
      Overland Access (S)
      Apr 13, 2021 @ 7:37pm
      Apr 13, 2021
      UnknownWendyBMA BMAClosed due to fire recovery. Expected to...
      Overland Loop
      Apr 13, 2021 @ 7:37pm
      Apr 13, 2021
      UnknownWendyBMA BMAClosed due to fire recovery. Expected to...
      Schoolhouse Loop
      Apr 13, 2021 @ 7:37pm
      Apr 13, 2021
      UnknownWendyBMA BMAClosed due to fire recovery. Expected to...
      Wapiti
      Apr 13, 2021 @ 7:37pm
      Apr 13, 2021
      UnknownWendyBMA BMAClosed due to fire recovery. Expected to...

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1498913dllawson819riddentrailWapiti and 3 more
      Jun 16, 2021 @ 9:18am
      Jun 16, 2021
      user #27493062rVXpwishlisttrailOverland Loop
      Jun 15, 2021 @ 10:45am
      Jun 15, 2021
      user #1812122Graham7781wishlisttrailPicture Rock
      Jun 13, 2021 @ 12:07am
      Jun 13, 2021
      user #1493826WendyBMAaddreportPonderosa Loop and 1 more
      Jun 10, 2021 @ 12:06pm
      Jun 10, 2021
      user #2667648DTUMHwishlisttrailOverland Loop
      Jun 10, 2021 @ 11:11am
      Jun 10, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      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
      user #1425515getverttrailWapitiThe side hits and rock jumps were totally due...
      Jul 7, 2020 @ 11:44am
      Jul 7, 2020
      user #1261865provin1327trailWapitiSome trail work has been done just past the...
      Jul 7, 2020 @ 10:30am
      Jul 7, 2020
      user #2178969NealstanfieldtrailOverland LoopAwesome ride. My 9 year old did it on his...
      Jun 28, 2020 @ 2:04pm
      Jun 28, 2020

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      Hall Ranch 3 12.9 km
      Lefthand OHV 1 2 11 25.3 km
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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike616 miles2,244 ft8 miles1,407 ft
      #1,052#5547960283,706
      Hike617 miles2,434 ft9 miles1,407 ft
      #816#4891593522
      Trail Running617 miles2,434 ft9 miles1,407 ft
      #819#489592522
      Horse11 mile262 ft1 mile266 ft
      1743
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