Mountain biking can be a way to get out and enjoy scenery that you couldn’t see if you stayed on the road. From singletrack trails to downhill and enduro rushes, there are many different experiences you can choose from. Although there are known great destinations like Moab, Lake Tahoe, Park City, Butte and more that every mountain biker knows about.
Here are some of the Top 5 destinations that you may not know about:
1. Black Canyon Trail, Arizona
The Black Canyon Trail in Arizona is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for mountain biking. It has a total of over 65 miles of silngletrack and is about 40 miles north of Phoenix. Park officials are developing new parts of the trail that will separate motor vehicles from non-motored vehicles and will eventually go from Flagstaff to Tucson.
2. Downieville, California
At the foothills of the Sierras, Downieville was the fifth largest town during the gold rush of California. There are over 500 miles of trails running along alpine lakes and peaks. For those seeking a downhill challenge, this trail offers 5,000 vertical feet of drop in 15 miles.
3. Coldwater Mountain, Alabama
Between Birmingham and Atlanta, red trails through the hardwood forest of Coldwater Mountain is a developing trail that will boast over 75 miles worth of mountain biking experience for beginners to the most technical riders. When taking the trail, you’re able to enjoy a big ascent followed by a downhill flow trail.
4. Winter Park, Colorado
Colorado is arguably the best destination for mountain biking. 65 miles northwest of Denver, Winter Park boasts itself as the capital of mountain biking and offers over 600 miles of trails and 2 downhill parks with a bike lift. Ride through the Rocky Mountain terrain
5. Black Hills, Dakotas
The Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota are a small mountain range that include many national parks such as Harney Pointe and Mount Rushmore. Here, you can find over 500 miles of mountain bike trails, single track and downhill options. Take the trail from Rapid City and you can find yourself in the presence of Mount Rushmore. The Centennial Trail is an acclaimed single track that runs over 100 miles.