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Summer First Timers Guide

Downhill Mountain Biking

Mountain biking for all ages and skills.

We love welcoming first-timers to our new lift-accessible mountain biking trails so you can see just how fun Powderhorn can be during the summer. The scenic lift ride will take you from the base of Powderhorn to the top and back down in approximately 20 minutes. This ride is perfect to relax, take photos, and enjoy all that Powderhorn has to offer.

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Lodging

There are plenty of options in the area if you need a fun & comfortable place to stay. On the mountain, we offer a hotel and condominiums for every size family. We also offer many lodging partners in Grand Junction, Palisade and Mesa, including some great wine country packages.

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Scenic Lift Rides

Enjoy the views at a leisurly pace. Powderhorn offers $10 scenic chair rides, during summer operations only, for ages 7 and up. Kids 6 and under ride free. Ride to the top and hike around or complete the 20 minute round trip voyage. There's always something new to see at Powderhorn!

All riders must be able to load/unload on their own to ride the Flat Top Flyer. Please no children in backbacks or dogs on chairlift.

 

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Other Attractions
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • And more...
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FAQs

 

Are the trails suitable for beginners and children?

We offer two trails that are suitable for childern and beginners. First try our green trail, Stagecoach, then head to the challenging but accessible, Blue Ribbon.

 

When can I ride the lift?

Saturdays & Sundays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A lift pass is available for these times, see our summer pass and tickets page for more information.

 

Can I rent a mountain bike?

Yes, our rental shop is fully stocked for the summer with a complete range of bicycles. See our rentals page for more information.

Can I just ride the lift?

Yes, you can purchase a single lift ticket for a scenic round trip lift ride on the Flat Top Flyer. Once at the top, you can get off the lift and hike the West Bench trail, hike down the mountain, or stay on the lift for a colorful lift ride back down.

How much is a lift ticket?

You can purchase a day pass ticket for $25 or a single ride ticket for just $10. Also check out our season passes and package deals

What should I wear?

Always check the weather before heading up to Powderhorn. Try dressing in layers, this will allow you to take off and add layers when needed. Closed toe shoes are required to get onto the lift. Check out the Alpine Trader, located in the rental shop, for any extra clothing or protective equipment you may need. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bug spray!

What's the weather like on the mountain?

Check out our live weather information and web cams