Slope Soaring in Colorado

With all the mountains in Colorado you’d expect some great sloping, and you’d be right!

These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.
Check with local flyers for information.

Loveland Pass, Colorado
reported by Kou Vang

US Hwy 6 bypass off interstate 70 before entering the tunnels. You climb about 2000 ft. on hairpin roads to 11,900 feet. Parking is available and trails lead even further up the mountains. As part of the Rocky Mountain chain and the Continental Divide you can fly either off the East face or the West face depending on wind direction. Should be flyable in any other wind direction that may develop. The day we were there it was extremely windy 25 mph or more from the East so I flew off the East face. There are 500-2000 ft. drop-offs, which create enormous lift generating 500+ ft of flying altitude. I was not prepared and only flew for 30 minutes. Bring gloves, coat, and water if you plan to fly because the wind is cold and the air is thin. If not flying just stop by for the beautiful view. The pass is open when weather permits.

Denver, Colorado

Check out Ian Frechette’s reviews of Denver area slope sites.

8 thoughts on “Slope Soaring in Colorado

  1. I wanted to inform fellow flyers of a few sites in the Denver metro area, Bear Creek state park has a very large dam to fly, and there is also a small mountain to the south that can be flown if the wind is from the north, they are connected ,so access is easy by foot. I have flown this site for more than 12 years, with much success. Old Lowry A.F.B also has a dam to fly, the backside is a bowl, so you can get lift almost anywhere you go. It’s not monster lift there, but you can mow the weeds with any light floater.I have also had success on Green Mountain, in Lakewood, You just have to scan an area to fly depending on wind direction. I have been flying these sites for many years, and they can be a lot of fun on the right days.Do carry your aileron ships with you, but when the wind settles, be sure you bring a lazy floater, of at least 2 meters, and I promise these sites are rewarding. I really enjoy sloping, and really enjoyed your web site. I would love to see more fellow flyers at these sites and hope this message can get you guys out there. Thanks Joseph Kasper

  2. I lived in Denver from 86-92. Bear Creek is good, but if the wind is out of the west or south, my favorite is towards Castle Rock. Take 25 south to the Happy Canyon exit (I think that is the name, the one before Castle Rock, big cliff on left). Go east then immediate right and south up the road. About a mile or so there is a gate on the left. 5 minute walk up the road. Take your ski goggles if it is really windy.

    Used to fly there with my SR-7 and Impulse. Great fun.

  3. I have been flying for a few years at the park at Belleview and Windermere in Littleton. when the field is not being used for soccer its a great place to fly. Had my 2 meter there last evening for a great hour and a half flight, winds were out of the north by north west at 20mph. I would like to fly Bear Creek dam some time and look out mtn soon this spring.
    fair winds and good soring.

    1. I haven’t sloped in CO yet but plan to. I live in Loveland and was thinking Horse tooth area would be good. Coyote ridge is my back yard so that would be nice.

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  5. Hi I am an older guy been soar offf and on for 50 years . I’m putting together a dlg to use with a bungie . where around Fort collins could I fly?
    Norm D

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