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Find Your Mountain Biking Nirvana in Mesa Verde Country
Rugged by nature, mountain bikers love the outdoors and all that goes along with it – fresh air, great views, and the exhilaration of going off road – mentally and physically. With 40 rides and nearly 500 miles of mountain biking trails that take riders from the canyon floor to the cliff’s edge, there’s a trail for every rider in Mesa Verde Country, from novice to pro. As the zenith of summer quickly approaches, now is the time to get out of town, get out of your head, and get in the zone; your personal mountain biking nirvana is located in Mesa Verde Country.
Some places in the southwest are known as mountain biking Meccas, drawing thousands of riders to a limited number of trails where the joy of a summer ride is tainted by the pressure to keep up, look good, or go along with the crowd. Relatively undiscovered, Mesa Verde Country’s single track, dual tracks and even paved trails offer miles of thrills and unmatched scenery, minus the pack mentality.
There are over 40 trails in Mesa Verde Country, here’s a quick glimpse at three of them:
Dolores River Canyon — Easy for the first eleven miles, then this trail steps up to an advanced ride for the next ten. This ride is also referred to as the Snaggletooth Trail and is perfect for exploring the scenic Dolores River. The first part of the trail is relatively flat with a few short climbs and downhill stretches. Riders can turn around here, or continue on for a more challenging ride.
Phil’s World — Ten miles of single track for intermediate and advanced riders. Look for lots of jumps and short hills that have been described as rollercoaster rides. The track is considered very fast and is well maintained by the local mountain biking club.
“Phil’s World is fast becoming a destination point for mountain bikers from around the country,” says Jimbo Fairley, co-owner of Kokopelli Bike and Board in Cortez. “The rolling terrain and layout of the trail make it a fun, fast, flowing ride.” “Whether a visitor participates in the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde relay race held every May, or just comes to ride, few places in the country can surpass the views and the rides found on Phil’s World and other area trails.”
Aspen Loop & Windy Gap — Spectacular views await riders on this 22- mile, intermediate dirt road trail, so be sure to bring a camera. Aspen groves morph into spruce and fir forests as the trail ascends. Be sure to look for the Jersey Jim fire lookout tower. After the 2,000 foot climb over 8 miles, the trail begins to descend.
Find your personal mountain biking nirvana on these and 37 other trails in Mesa Verde Country. Order your free Mesa Verde Country Travel Planner to find out where to bike, stay, eat and more on your next off-road adventure.