Mesa Verde Country: The West’s Next Great Mountain Biking Destination
Mountain biking enthusiasts are taking notice of Mesa Verde Country in Southwest Colorado as one of the next great mountain biking destinations. From single tracks to challenging climbs in the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde Country offers more than 600 miles of trails that traverse slick rock, old-growth forest and even ancient archaeological sites.
Fall is a fabulous time to ride, but winter fat tire biking is making Mesa Verde Country a year-round mountain biking destination. The higher elevations of the mesas and mountain trails offer incredible views, as well as relief from mid-summer heat for those who choose to come during warm weather months.
Favorite trails include Sand Canyon Trail in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – possibly the only place in the world that riders can tackle single track and slick rock while riding past ancient cliff dwellings! Phil’s World Trail System boasts 60 miles of mind-blowing trails, and is located just six miles from Cortez. It has the perfect mix of family friendly beginner, intermediate and advanced trails and is quickly becoming one of Colorado’s most popular mountain biking spots, but without the crowds! Boggy Draw is another favorite that’s located near Dolores. The Boggy Draw Loop is fairly mellow and nine-miles long – perfect for family riding. To work up a real sweat, check out the 13-mile Bean Canyon Loop.
To see what all the fuss is about, watch this video about mountain biking in Mesa Verde Country.