Bike Granby Ranch Safety Code

Trail Safety & Etiquette

For the safety of all Bike Granby Ranch guests, riding up or hiking the Downhill Bike Park (Gravity Specific) trails is not permitted. Uphill riding is only permitted on the summer road and on our Cross Country trail network (Outside the Downhill Bike Park).

When entering Bike Granby Ranch, at any time, with or without a ticket the user agrees to assume and accept any and all risks or injury and death.  Downhill Bike Park trails are CLOSED before and after lift operating hours.  Please keep in mind that Mountain Patrol (970-887-5170) is only available during operating hours, for emergency services outside of operating hours please call 911.

Trail safety is everybody’s responsibility. It is your responsibility to inspect trails and features before use. Trail features vary in size and difficulty and change constantly due to weather, maintenance, usage, modifications, and time of day. Only one person on a feature at a time. Do not use trails or features that are closed. Remain in control and within your ability level. Do not use features if you lack sufficient ability and/or experience. You control the level of difficulty you encounter using these features both on the ground and in the air. There is no shame in walking your bike if you feel you are on a trail or feature that is beyond your skill level.

Trail etiquette keeps the Downhill Bike Park safer and more fun for everyone. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. If you are overtaking a rider, notify them verbally and select an area where you are not braiding/widening the trail. Do not stop where you are not visible from above or obstruct the trail. Finally, keep the Bike Park fun! You will likely experience riders of varying abilities. Be patient and give folks the chance to progress to your level in a fun environment.


Downhill Bike Park Information

The Granby Ranch Downhill Bike Park is a significantly different experience from cross-country riding. The trails require constant physical and mental effort in order for all riders to maintain control.

Clothing: Protective clothing and equipment is highly recommended. The best protection from abrasion requires a properly fitted full-faced helmet, gloves, long pants, long sleeves, leg armor, arm armor and solid flat soled shoes.

Equipment: The Downhill Bike Park trails are specifically designed for full suspension mountain bikes. The trails are rocky, bumpy and become much more difficult without high quality suspension. Without full suspension, fatigue becomes a factor much sooner. The steep grades necessitate disc brakes for adequate stopping power. Cantilever brakes will increase the fatigue factor as more effort will be required to maintain control. All Downhill Bike Park participants should ride a properly sized bike and should be able to stand over the seat with their feet flat on the ground. A bike that is too large or with a high seat post significantly increases the risk of injury.

Mountain Patrol – 970-887-5170


Equipment not allowed on Bike Park trails

  • Bikes without hand actuated brakes (coaster brakes are not allowed)
  • Tandem bikes and “tag – along” attachments
  • Child carriers mounted to bikes
  • Scooters
  • Mountain boards
  • BMX style bikes
  • Bikes with only one brake (bikes must have a front and a rear brake)
  • Road bikes, cruiser bikes and hybrid style mountain bikes

    (Allowed equipment is up to the discretion of bike park management and may change at any time. This list is not all inclusive)


Mountain Bike Checklist

The trails of Bike Granby Ranch are rough and demanding on both the bike and body. Before riding always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified bike mechanic.

  • Ensure your helmet is in good shape and properly adjusted.
  • Inspect bike frame for cracks and damaged or dented areas.
  • Ensure your brakes are adjusted properly to stop your bike while descending.
  • Front and rear axles should be tight.
  • Headset and stem must be secure with no looseness or play.
  • Check that your tires are in good condition, with no tears or cuts in the sidewall.
  • Handlebars and handle grips must be tight and unable to spin. 
  • Seat and seat post need to be fastened securely.
  • No coaster brakes on DH MTB trails.
  • Full suspension bikes and seats lowered recommended for DH MTB trails.


Mountain Bikers Responsibility (MBR) Code

  1. Stay in control at all times it is your responsibility to avoid other persons and objects around you.
  2. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  3. When entering a trail or starting downhill, you must look uphill and yield to other riders.
  4. Keep off closed areas and obey all signs and warnings.
  5. Stay on marked trails. Do not cut switchbacks.
  6. Stay off lifts and out of the Bike Park if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.
  7. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely ride and unload lifts. If in doubt please ask the lift attendant.
  8. Hiking in the Bike Park is not permitted.
  9. Please assist if you are involved in or witness a collision or accident and identify yourself to the Mountain Patrol.
  10. Helmets are required in the Bike Park.

    Know the code. Be safety conscious. It is YOUR responsibility. Privileges will be revoked for breach of MBR Code.

Also at Granby Ranch

Explore hiking trails, play a round of golf, or fish for trout in gold-medal Fraser River - all at Granby Ranch! For more information on other summer and family vacation activities at Granby Ranch, please call 888-850-4615, or e-mail .

Granby Ranch is located just 90 minutes from Denver and 15 minutes from Winter Park and the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Get directions or contact us for more information!

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