Surrounded by "fourteeners" in every direction, Salida is a mountain town without a resort feel, an authentic outpost in a sea of cookie-cutter tourist destinations. Many mountain bikers may know Salida as the jumping-off point for the Monarch Crest trail, arguably the most popular shuttle route in the state – but few take the time to explore all the area has to offer.
With over 30 miles of mostly singletrack trails and all of the best scenery Colorado has to offer, the Monarch Crest trail is a must ride. As a shuttle ride you'll climb about 2,300 feet (much of it above 11,000 feet) and you'll descent about 6,000 feet total. The first part of the ride is above treeline and is not technical in any way. You'll top out at about 11,960 feet and then begin the first major descent down an old fire road to Marshall Pass (this is about the 10 mile mark).
Pride Bike Tours will be booked in Riverside Park during the Ark Valley Pride Picnic. Look for the activities tent and sign up for your favorite local ride!
Here is a great article on Singleracks about Salida and surrounding trails. https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/mtb-destination-salida-colorado/