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Hooked on Mountain Biking

No, not via foot clips. I'm not ready to be clipped to my pedals. I recently went mountain biking with friends and saw other groups on the trail doing the same. In talking to one of my trail pals about biking tours, biking trips, and the mountain biking world, I realized there's a whole new world of exploring out there for me. I've biked before, but not like this. And, while I'm discovering the joys of mountain biking long after the rest of you, it's never too late to tackle a new adventure, right?

In the ever-evolving landscape of adventure travel, mountain biking has ascended to be a mainstream pursuit, offering an invigorating blend of physical challenge, nature immersion, and communal spirit. For groups of friends and family, the allure of mountain biking lies not just in the thrill of the ride, but in the shared experience of exploring diverse terrains and creating lasting memories.

Top mountain biking destinations and tour operators.

Top Mountain Biking Destinations & Tour Operators

Recognizing the growing demand for guided mountain biking adventures, tour operators across the U.S. offer high-quality, safe, and memorable experiences tailored for groups of all sizes and skill levels. With their guidance, travelers can delve into the heart of America's most stunning landscapes on two wheels. Here are some of the most popular mountain biking destinations and select tour operators in each of these markets:

1. Moab, Utah: Moab is the jewel in the crown of American mountain biking destinations. Its iconic Slickrock Trail, a rollercoaster of petrified sand dunes, offers a unique biking experience that's both challenging and exhilarating. Beyond Slickrock, Moab's vast network of trails weaves through a Martian landscape of red rock formations and deep canyons. For groups, Moab offers a range of trails suitable for various skill levels, ensuring that everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy the adventure together.

2. Crested Butte, Colorado: Often hailed as the birthplace of mountain biking, Crested Butte's charm lies in its extensive trail network set against a backdrop of stunning Rocky Mountain scenery. Trails like the 401 offer breathtaking views of wildflower meadows and aspen groves. The town's welcoming vibe and diverse trail options make it an ideal destination for groups and families looking to combine biking with a taste of Colorado's mountain culture.

3. Bend, Oregon: Bend stands out for its unique high desert geography, offering over 300 miles of trails. The Phil’s Trail Complex is a favorite, with routes winding through dense forests and open meadows. After a day on the trails, groups can enjoy Bend's renowned craft beer scene, with many breweries offering a relaxing backdrop for recounting the day's adventures.

4. Brevard, North Carolina: Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brevard offers a different take on mountain biking. Here, riders can explore the Pisgah National Forest with its lush forests and cascading waterfalls. The area’s trails range from smooth, flowing singletracks to challenging technical descents, making it a versatile destination for groups of varying abilities.

5. Park City, Utah: As the first IMBA Gold Level Ride Center, Park City boasts over 400 miles of trails. The Mid Mountain Trail epitomizes the area's appeal, offering a mix of easy riding and more challenging sections. The town itself provides a picturesque base for groups, with its historic Main Street, diverse dining options, and range of accommodations.

Not quite ready to book a trip to one of these amazing destinations? Love the idea of bringing bikes along on your next camping trip or planning a mountain bike adventure with friends? The MTB Project, Trailforks and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's TrailLink are great resources for finding mountain bike trails close to home.

Weaving through trees on a trail of bare roots and rocks left my wrists a wee bit jarred. But the thrill of zipping around corners, splattering mud, and enjoying this with good friends was exhilarating. I'm hooked.

July 10, 2023