37.8 miles
7,683 ft
-7,680 ft
2 miles
High Point

An amazing loop that has it all. Great climbs, epic views, rippin descents, a variety of wildlife, lots of shade, opportunities for water and diverse trail types. At 8,500’ of climbing, its not for everybody, but those who ride it will surely be stoked to complete this amazing loop. The Indian Creek campground at the East end of West Indian trail has water but I believe it is not not available until June 1 and I dont know when they shut it down/close the campground, check with the USFS pike natl forest. When the campground is open, there is much more horse activity on the trails, ride with a timber bell and caution as sight lines are very limited throughout the ride. Riding when the campground is closed “off season” offers less horse use and resigns you to treating the abundant stream water if needed. Many hikers use the CT, especially during the summer months, expect and respect all trail users (timber bells are a great option). The final descent down the CT to the trailhead offers some excellent soaking in the S Platte river. There are a few hike-a-bike sections and some sustained hills. The ride is somewhat remote and cell service is limited. Plan for a decent day in the saddle and give yourself a good weather window. Opportunities exist to extend or shorten the loop.

Detailed Description
Cowboys and Indians is a 38 mile popular expert route located near Roxborough Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 12 trails. This route climbs 7,683 ft with a max elevation of 8,044 ft then descends -7,680 ft.
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10 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
Mycarsloud (May 11, 2021 at 18:25)
Trail Round Up
Overgrown and under maintained
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hotrozz (Nov 7, 2020 at 19:16)
Trail Round Up
Fun descent and little used trail. It's overgrown and the brush switches will give you a beatin' so I recommend you wear some leg and arm protection for this one.
  • + 0
AlexanderCR (Jul 7, 2020 at 9:34)
Fun trail with some bad erosion issues. Unlike Powerline Tr. this one does not have root drops.
It does have some deep erosion gullies that can catch you out, causing you to crash.
Part of this trail has a fire road, which is fun to bomb down. This trail, certainly is not as fun as Powerline, but it is is a nice connector.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 7, 2020 at 9:26)
Trail Round Up
This trail is a fun descent. It has some fun, steep off camber root gardens, whip fast straights and plenty of loam. Compared to other trails at Indian Creek, this one is not overgrown. There are some fun switchbacks too.
I would consider this more of a tech trail than a flow trail, and after riding it you are faced with a big climb back up.
  • + 0
AlexanderCR (Jul 7, 2020 at 9:18)
Trail Ringtail
A very fun and enjoyable trail. This trail is well used and not overgrown at all. It has great flow both going up and down. Nice, wide switchbacks and plenty of room to pass. At the top, you get a very cool view of Downtown Denver. After that there is a well flowing descent down. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone wanting a fun and flowy trail with great views.
  • + 0
AlexanderCR (Jul 7, 2020 at 9:15)
A nice, old school trail. It has some good flow in parts, with some root/rock gardens. If you ride this trail, just watch out for hidden tree stumps/snags. I caught my pedal on one and went OTB ( don’t make my mistake) Wink

Overall a great trail, gets a bit tight and overgrown at the top, but not too bad.
This trail is great as a climb to the top, where you can choose between 3 other trails.
  • + 1
fatmantis (Jan 28, 2019 at 13:39)
This segment is more properly considered "Upper Roundup" for 90s old timers doing the quick "old" Waterton loop, prior to Indian Creek being ridden m. After the left at the start of Indian Creek, the trail rolls with occasional roots and drop offs to the left before descending a loose, narrow, steep drop section into the damp creek that it runs along side, after it has joined the main Steven's Gulch trail.

It's a very nice, not terribly testing descent for average riders. In 27 years I've not climbed this section, but the steep loose section might require a brief dismount.
  • + 0
stumped405 (May 18, 2018 at 14:14)
Trail Ringtail
Great trail. Very fun as a descent with twisty single track most of the way down. Lower trail is dusty and loose with a couple "surprise" switchbacks. Also good as a climb.
  • + 0
Zachjackson (Mar 24, 2018 at 20:25)
Easy warm up climb up Waterton canyon road. At about 7 miles you enter the single track portion. Good climb and beautiful scenery along with it. Ends with a lengthy downhill.
  • + 0
zach9975 (Jun 19, 2017 at 19:34)
VERY Sketchy coming up from the neighborhood to access the trial system. There was stairs and literally no trial in sections for about a mile uphill to get to the actual trials


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    Black Diamond
  • eBike Allowed
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  • Direction
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More Stats for Cowboys and Indians mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,097 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,097 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,099 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    17 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Swallowtail (Lower Loop)
Sep 29, 2022 @ 9:48am
1 day
Getting a little sandy
DC5 (No Motorized)
Sep 29, 2022 @ 9:48am
1 day
Round Up
Sep 17, 2022 @ 11:42am
Sep 17, 2022
Super overgrown. Knee to handlebar high shrub and tall grasses. Tough to see trail through the grasses in spots.
Indian Creek East (800)
Jul 24, 2022 @ 9:55am
Jul 24, 2022
Trail in good shape.
Stevens Gulch Lower
Jul 24, 2022 @ 9:55am
Jul 24, 2022
Overgrown in sections. Still passable, but tight.
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