Originally Posted by sull
In the event that it is rainy in frutia, could I head for higher elevation and ride a fat tire bike on snowpack? I have no experience with fat tire bikes or riding on snow, but is that a reasonable option if everything at a lower elevation is slush?
Yes and no. If you want to get on a fat bike you will be able to, but the high elevation single track doesn't get ridden in winter... it's just too difficult to try and break trail in 3 ft of powder. Most fat bikes get ridden on roads that are gated and closed for the season.
Where are you flying into, and what dates will you be here? It's supposed to be in the 70's Thursday and Friday, which leads me to believe the snow will have melted and low elevation trails will be dry. There is supposed to be another storm coming in next weekend though. The Pueblo trails I mentioned earlier are about as likely as anything to be dry, and it's a good place to spend a day riding. Another option that is a pretty sure bet to be dry are the Oil Well Flats trails at Canon City. They are newly designed and I haven't rode them, but I have heard nothing but good things. Salida is probably a 50/50 chance of being dry, and there is a healthy variety of riding in the Salida Mountain Trails system. Colorado Springs also has some excellent riding.
Those would be were I would look at riding if your flying into DIA. If you are going to be on the West Slope (Grand Junction) I would look at Fruita, Cortez, Durango and Moab.