E-Bikes Colorado: Where Can I Ride?

E-Bikes Colorado: Where Can I Ride?

Are e-bikes legal in Colorado? Where can you ride and what restrictions do you need to know about?

From summer rides to winter trails, learn how you can explore Colorado on your e-bike.

What Are The Best E-Bike Trails And Parks In Colorado?

Are E-Bikes Legal In Colorado?

Are There E-Bike Incentive Programs In Colorado?

Where Can I Find Magnum Bikes In Colorado?

E-Bikes Colorado FAQs

What Are The Best E-Bike Trails and Parks In Colorado?

Explore the beauty of Colorado at your own pace. Hills and tough terrain are no problem on a high-quality e-bike!

Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

Red rocky Colorado landscape with trails, scattered greenery, green hills, and cloudy skies in the distance

A true Colorado landscape at Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Why We Love It

Over 14,000 acres of beauty are waiting for you in Hartman Rocks. This includes 45 miles of single-track trail and another 45 miles of roads to explore on your e-bike.

While the park’s land ownership is split between the Bureau of Land Management and Gunnison County, there are no entrance fees.

And get this — in the winter, the park prepares some of the single-track trails specifically for Fat Tire biking in the snow! 

Plus, if you’re a rock climber, hop off the bike at any of the climbing crags all over the park.

Dispersed campsites are available throughout the area for longer visits.

When To Visit

Hartman Rocks Recreation Area is 24 hours a day all year long. Experienced e-bike riders can even have fun in the snow! 

Facilities are limited, so plan to bring all of the water, snacks, sunscreen, and other items you need for your adventure.

Which E-Bike Classes Are Allowed?

There are no e-bike restrictions at Hartman Rocks! Just follow all posted signs and rules of the road.

Summit County Recpath at Vail

Homes and trees covered in snow, with black cleared roads for e-bikes leading to and from the mountains

Vail: It’s not just for snow sports. Image Source: Unsplash

Why We Love It

There’s so much more to Vail than skiing and snowboarding! 

While e-bikes have been a hot topic in the Vail area for a few years, as of 2019 the paved Summit County Recpath permits certain e-bikes. See the section “Which E-Bike Classes Are Allowed?” below to learn more.

You can choose your own adventure on the Recpath. One of the most challenging routes takes you from Frisco all the way to the top of Vail Pass — that's 1500 feet of elevation gain!

When To Visit

The full Recpath is open from May to October each year. 

From November through April, limited portions of the trail are open for winter use. That includes some routes for bikes and e-bikes! 

However, some winterized sections are only open for skiers, so be sure to check your route before you go.

Which E-Bike Classes Are Allowed?

At the time we’re writing this, only Class 1 e-bikes are permitted on trails in Vail. Class 2 and Class 3 e-bikes are prohibited.

So be sure your e-bike has Class 1 settings (no throttle, maximum assisted speed 20 mph) before traveling to Vail.

Rock Creek Trail

A long stretch of road in Colorado with brown hills on either side, tall hills in the distance, and snowy mountains in the background

Baseline Road in Lafayette, CO, just a few miles from the Rock Creek Trail. Image Source:  Wikimedia Commons

Why We Love It

This easy trail runs between Superior and Lafayette. It connects with other popular trails such as the Coal Creek Trail, making it more accessible. 

The full length of the trail is 12 miles. But since it’s an out-and-back trail, if you’re bringing the family or just looking for a shorter adventure, it’s easy to customize your ride. 

Boulder County lists up to 15 beautiful species of birds that are commonly spotted along the trail, including great horned owls, bald eagles, and several types of hawks. You may also spot toads and rabbits!

When To Visit

The Rock Creek Trail is open 24 hours a day all year round. As with any trail, weather-related closures are possible, so check before you go!

Which E-Bike Classes Are Allowed?

Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are allowed on the Rock Creek Trail. Class 3 e-bikes (those with maximum assisted speed up to 28 mph) are prohibited.

Yes! Colorado recognizes the standard 3-class system for e-bikes. Here are the main restrictions you need to know about:

  • Helmets are required for Class 3 riders ages 16-20

  • Riders under age 16 cannot operate Class 3 e-bikes

  • Class 1 and Class 2 are allowed in most places. One exception: in state wildlife areas, e-bikes are only allowed where all motor vehicles are permitted.

  • There are more access restrictions for Class 3 e-bikes. For example, Class 3 e-bikes can only ride on designated roadways and bike lanes in Colorado State Parks.

Do I Need a Driver’s License For E-Bikes In Colorado?  

No! Colorado does not require a license, registration, or insurance for e-bikes.

A purple, pink, and yellow cloudy sky over a dry field with a large wooden sign reading "Welcome to Colorful Colorado"

A sign on the Colorado/Kansas border. Image Source: Unsplash

Are There E-Bike Incentive Programs In Colorado? 

Yes, Colorado has offered e-bike incentive programs in the past, and may have active or proposed incentive programs now!

As of this writing, Colorado ranks 2nd in the nation for most total proposed, active, or closed e-bike incentive programs by state — nearly 25 programs overall. It comes in just behind California, which has nearly 30 at the time of writing. 

We expect both states to continue to add new programs! 

These programs often have limits based on the timeframe, number of participants, number of e-bikes, or a financial cap. This means they typically aren’t open for long. 

Check out our post on e-bike incentives for more info and links to regularly updated resources. 

Where Can I Find Magnum Bikes In Colorado?

Do you need a new e-bike to hit Colorado’s evergreen trails?

We’ve partnered with more than 250 authorized dealers and flagship stores across the US. That includes several locations throughout Colorado!

Visit any one of our Magnum Authorized Dealers in Colorado.

Green hills dotted with wildflowers; a dirt path goes off into the distance toward trees, mountains, and a blue sky with big white clouds

Wildflowers along a Colorado trail. Image Source: Unsplash

E-Bikes Colorado FAQs

These are some common asks about e-bikes in Colorado.

What Incentives Are Available For Electric Bikes in Colorado?

E-bike incentive programs are changing all the time. But since Colorado has developed nearly 25 e-bike incentive programs over the years, we expect they’ll continue to launch new programs as others reach their caps.

Colorado has had both statewide and regional incentive programs in the past, so there’s likely to be one near you. Check out our post about e-bike incentives to access regularly updated resources.

Are E-Bikes Allowed On Trails in Colorado?

E-bikes are allowed on many trails throughout Colorado, but don’t assume they’ll be allowed on a specific trail without checking. 

In general:

  • State Parks permit Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on multi-use trails, roadways, and designated bike lanes

  • State Parks permit Class 3 e-bikes on certain roadways and bike lanes

  • State Wildlife Areas allow e-bikes on designated roads as well as any parking or camping areas where motor vehicles are allowed

  • State Trust Lands permit e-bikes on designated roadways, but only for use while hunting or fishing (valid hunting/fishing license required)

Outside of these guidelines, local land agencies can designate their own rules. Do your research for the specific area you’re planning to go to.

Are E-Bikes Allowed in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Bright green evergreen trees frame the snowy Rocky Mountains and a blue sky with dramatic white and grey clouds

Vivid colors in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image Source: Unsplash

While there are no e-bike class restrictions, e-bikes can’t travel on most trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. However, they aren’t prohibited everywhere.

E-bikes are only allowed on motorized vehicle roadways throughout Rocky Mountain National Park. 

This means you can’t take your e-bike on pedestrian trails or multi-use paths in the park. E-bikes are also prohibited on Grand Ditch Road.

Bicyclists must have a “per person” entrance pass, annual pass, or lifetime pass for park entry. Note that each pass covers up to 4 cyclists, including the pass owner.

Where will your next Colorado e-bike journey take you?

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