Salida boasts being in the Banana Belt of Colorado, and that means while most Colorado ski towns are buried in snow, Salida weather is relatively warmer and drier, making it a great (almost) year-round biking town.
Salida area bike trails range from 7,000 to 11,000 feet in elevation. S-Mountain Trails , closest to town can be ridden year-round depending on the weather system that week. Check out this video to see how delicious these right-from-town S-Mountain Trails really are. Most years, the high alpine trails, such as the internationally renowned Monarch Crest Trail, are free from snow in summer and early fall.
Check out current Salida trail conditions December 1, 2018:
S-Mountain Trails: Starting to dry up, with plenty of mud and slick packed snow in the shade.
Little Rainbow: Hardpacked snow and mud.
Cottonwood: Up to 4 inches or more of accumulation on the upper elevations.
Rainbow Trail (Bear Creek to 108 Road): Covered in fresh snow!
Rainbow Trail (Silver Creek section): Snow-covered till Spring 2019
Silver Creek Trail: Snow-covered till Spring 2019!
Colorado Trail:Snow-covered till Spring 2019
Alpine Tunnel Loop: Snow-covered till Spring 2019.
Monarch Crest Trail: Snow-covered till Spring 2019.
Canyon Creek Trail: Snow-covered till Spring 2019