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Sol Vista Bike Park at Granby RanchType: Mountain Bike
Sol Vista Bike Park at Granby Ranch is a diamond in the rough or should I say a rough diamond. It is located two miles south of Granby and fifteen miles north of Fraser, Colorado. No matter how you view it this place is a jewel. It is home to the U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships for 2009 and slated to host yet again in 2010. Sol Vista offers all disciplines of mountain biking from cross country-XC, downhill-DH, super downhill-Super D, mountain cross-MX, and cross country short track-XCST.
Sol Vista starts with a base elevation of 8,202 ft. and rises to 9,202 ft. This lift served mountain is packed with trails to challenge any and all levels of mountain biking. Each trail has its own personality from Buc Nasty, Cougar and Drifter for the expert of the bunch to Tron, Ashy Larry and Cheeze-It for the intermediate rider. Silky Johnson, Moga's Mile and Nature's Way are optimal trails for the beginner. There is even a "pump" track located at the base area for you to learn how to handle bumps, rollers and corners. In addition, Sol Vista has a mini bike park for young riders including toddlers to get in on the fun. Most trails have awesome jumps that you'll need to pay close attention to if you want to catch some air. If leaving the ground without wings is not your bag, they offer a "go around option" that will let you keep rolling your way down. Cross-country trails are also on the menu up here, they are technical but very ride-able. The mountain offers tree covered ascents, and sweeping valley views, traversing will provide hours of intense mountain biking excitement.
The Sol Vista Bike Park easily has the best bang for the buck if renting a bike or taking the chairlift. They have partnered with some of the best in the business and provide bikes with plenty of downhill capability and travel. Cross-country bikes are also on site and are tuned and ready to hit the dirt. Protective gear is available for rent at a reasonable cost. Bike rentals are only $79 a day for free-ride or cross-country. There are helmet, knee/shin & elbow/arm pads for $25 and you are set. For $99 you can get the bike and gear at a savings. The guys at the rental shop are extremely knowledgeable. They know the mountain terrain and can guide you to maximize your riding adventure. Lift tickets are just $25 for unlimited all day riding Saturday and Sunday, and $18 on Fridays. Season passes are also available for $175. When you are finished with the mountain or the mountain is finished with you, you can relax at the Seven Trails Grille. Ideally located, it overlooks most of the park on its spacious deck. Maybe the non-riders will choose to play a little beach volleyball and place bets on who may buy the next round. All are welcome and the entire family will have a grand mountain experience.
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