Southwest of Montrose, the Buzzard Gulch Loop is an 11.5 mile route with 1,050 feet of climbing. This signed and marked trail network is the best mountain biking singletrack close to Montrose on BLM land known as the Dry Creek Recreation Area.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Montrose, head west on SR 90 for 2 miles. Turn left following SR 90 for 1 mile. Turn right following SR 90 for 0.25 miles. Turn left on Dave Wood Road (aka 6250 Road) for 2.3 miles. Turn right on Popular Road for 0.7 miles. Turn left on Spring Canyon Road for 0.25 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left.
Start riding southeast up Buzzard Gulch and the doubletrack turns into singletrack. Most local riders start by climbing the trails on the east side and descent on the trails along the west side.
The nearest airport is Montrose airport (MTJ), which has service to Denver, Houston and Dallas.
Tip: Make sure to avoid riding the Buzzard Gulch Loop after rains -- it can be quite muddy.
Overall, Buzzard Gulch Loop is the 120th most popular mountain bike trail of all 175 mountain biking rides in Colorado.