Get Out! If local bike trails are loaded, try these road trips
Spring is here, and the local bike trails are packed with riders. Locals, tourists, beginners and experts are out enjoying sunshine and singletrack.
In these early spring months when bike trail traffic is at its peak, we like to take a break and get out of town.
Our go-to spring bike destination is Durango. Junction Creek campground right in Durango (west on 25th street) is usually open by the first week of May, although sometimes they don’t have potable water yet. It’s quiet here, surrounded by tall pine trees, and town is only about 10 minutes away.
We often take Lizard Head Pass and stop at Phil’s World bike area in Cortez for a few hours of biking before going on to Durango.
The Telegraph Trails are our favorites for Durango riding. With trail heads on both ends of town, you can get a couple of days of riding out of this system alone.
Closer to the campground are the Log Chutes, but I hear they’re in need of quite a bit of repair. Still, if you’re into exploring, you might bike up the gravel road past the campground and check them out.
Also in the vicinity of the campground is a portion of the Colorado Trail that does allow bikes.
The bike shops in Durango (and some here I imagine) can provide you with great maps of the area, and you can also find helpful information on singletracks.com.
To refuel we like to head straight to Home Slice Pizza, 441 E. College Drive, or either of the Serious Texas BBQ locations. There’s one on each end of town. For dinner there are plenty of interesting places downtown, including Steamworks Brewing and East by Southwest Sushi.
If you want to stay closer to home, you can always take a weekend and join the throngs of folks in Moab this time of year. Living so close means you could possibly get up early on a Sunday, drive down the river road and watch to see if anyone is getting ready to leave their campsite. You might be able to find prime camping real estate.
Of course, you could just make reservations at Dead Horse Point State Park’s campground and save yourself some trouble.
Some of our favorite trails in Moab include the Sovereign Trail, the Brand Trails and the Intrepid Trail at Dead Horse Point. There are many classic trails here to choose from like Slickrock, Porcupine Rim and Amasa Back.
All the information you need can be found on utahmountainbiking.com or singletracks.com. Stop in at a local bike shop and you might learn about some “secret” or “locals” trails, too.
Once you’re done riding in Moab, make sure to grab a burger from Milt’s Stop & Eat, 356 Millcreek Drive. They have really good grass-fed hormone-free beef burgers and buffalo burgers, homemade fries and old-fashioned malts. It’s a great way to refuel after a bike ride.
Finally, if you’ve got more than two or three days on your hands, drive over to the St. George, Utah, area for some far out biking at Gooseberry Mesa.
Located near Springdale and Hurricane, Utah, Gooseberry is a playground of rock riding connected by short periods of singletrack. The views into Zion National Park are unbelievable.
You can find dispersed camping near Gooseberry Mesa and in Zion National Park, or you can stay in either Springdale or Hurricane. Springdale has more variety of restaurants.
One note of caution: The road to the Gooseberry trail head can be rough.
Again, more detailed information can be found on the websites listed above or at local bike shops. You’ll definitely want a good map for riding at Gooseberry or on other nearby trails like J.E.M.
Whatever spring adventures you’re thinking of this spring, have fun, explore and just get out!