Erie Singletrack Trails at Sunset Open Space
The Erie Singletrack Trails at Sunset Open Space offer 3.15 miles of trails that cater to riders seeking a downhill riding experience with rollers, jumps, and tabletops. Trails are perfect for all skill levels and are designated as either beginner, intermediate, or advanced. The singletrack trail network is built on Town-owned open space offering fantastic views of the Front Range, especially at sunset.
The singletrack trails are managed and maintained by the Parks & Recreation Department. The Town reserves the right to close this amenity at any time. Safety of our users is our number one priority, as is protecting the sustainability of our trails, and the ecological balance of the surrounding environment. The Parks & Open Space Division monitors and enacts trail closures when conditions are present that pose safety issues for users and/or facilitate the degradation of these natural resources. Staff will enact closures if the following criteria are met: wet/muddy conditions present, snowy/icy conditions present, Division maintenance operations, and/or Town-permitted special event. Site characteristics pose several challenges that can often cause or prolong trail closures including soil type, slope, and sun exposure. Clay soils dominate the site that have a slow permeation rate that results in the puddling of water and are characterized by having slow drainage when moisture is present. Furthermore, the trails transverse over diverse topographic features; many of which are shaded for long periods of time that stay wet and unsafe longer.
Just because the trails may look dry from the road, this may not be the case on key trail sections that are shaded from the sun. Ignoring closures will prolong the length of time necessary for the closure and those caught violating closures will be subject to fines. Please help do your part, respect this resource, and have patience until the trails are safe to open.
- Peak Usage Months (March through November) - Staff will assess trail conditions on a daily basis at 7 a.m. and post the status of the trails if there is a change in the closure status.
- Winter Months (December through February) - Staff will assess conditions less frequently than during peak usage months. Staff will assess and post closures on an as needed or weekly basis.
- Staff will not implement partial closures – Entire trail closures will be enacted if any conditions are present that meet the established trail closure protocols. If closures are enacted, they will remain in effect for a minimum of a 24 hour period from the time that they were last assessed.
Respect the Resource, and Respect Your Fellow Riders.
Singletrack Trail Closures
Monthly trail maintenance closures are initiated by the Parks and Recreation Department. Closures are weather dependent and are subject to change at the discretion of staff.
Singletrack closures are scheduled to take place the second Wednesday of each month, March-November, from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closure alerts can be received via text or email, or viewed on the Town's social media pages. Closure Alerts are used only for periodic weather closures, maintenance closures, volunteer information, and news. Current closures are listed above.
Rules and Regulations
- Open daily from sunrise to sunset.
- This is a multi-use trail system. Hikers yield to bikers.
- All users must stay on designated trails and follow all directional signs.
- Parks & Recreation staff have the right to close the facility at any time without notice.
- Dogs must be on-leash at all times and waste picked up and disposed of properly.
- Stay on trails. Private property abuts the trail system.
- A permit is required to hold special events or conduct commercial activity.
- Watch for other users. Yield to uphill traffic.
- Respect all trail closures, wildlife, and native vegetation.
- Stay on trails. Riding off-trail can cause damage to the trail system.
- Users must be under control at all times. Uncontrolled biking and activities that endanger others will not be tolerated and result in ejection from the trail system.
- Ride within your abilities. Progression is available throughout the trail system, so start small and try more challenging elements as your skills improve.
- Be courteous to other riders and move out of the way when it is safe to do so.
- Do not stop in the middle of a trail or where you cannot be seen from above.
- Call out when passing.
- On downhill trails, the rider in front has the right of way.
- Only one person at a time should use features.
- Look before you jump.
- Clear landing areas quickly.
- NO motorized equipment.
- NO building or modifying trails and features.
- NO mobile ramps or other makeshift biking structures.
- NO littering.
- NO sledding, skiing, or snowboarding.
- NO drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.
- NO glass containers.
- NO firearms.
- NO horses.
- NO destroying or defacing public property, including the application of stickers or graffiti.
- NO loud music, use of profanity, deliberately offensive conduct, or any other disturbance of the peace.
- NO overnight parking or camping.
- Singletracks Hours?
- Why do you close the Erie Singletrack?
- When are trails assessed and the status posted whether they open or closed?
- How do I sign up for closure notifications?
- Do I have to wear a helmet? Pads?
- Does the Erie Singletrack have restrooms?
- Does the Erie Singletrack have a drinking fountain or water spigot?
- Can I run/hike on the trails or do I have to be on a bike?
The Town of Erie Parks and Recreation Department does not permit exclusive use of Erie Singletrack Trails at Sunset Open Space. All groups are expected to share the trail respectfully and responsibly with other trail users at all times. However, the Town does allow for commercial use rental requests. If interested, please complete our Commercial Use Rental Request form.
- Only groups of 15 participants or fewer are permitted, including instructors.
- Users must comply with all requirements of the Erie Municipal Code and Parks & Recreation Rules and Regulations.
- If approved for a rental, all groups must provide liability insurance.
Completion of a commercial use rental request for Erie Singletrack does not guarantee acceptance.