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Great Mountain Biking Destinations Across the U.S.

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Mountain biking is a great way to see more of the trails anywhere. Enthusiasts are always looking for a great ride that will offer challenges and exciting terrain. We searched out some of the best places to hit and found a bunch of places across the country. A few stood out though as great mountain biking destinations across the U.S.

Copper Harbor, MI

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is full of natural wonder to explore. The best place to hit with a mountain bike is Copper Harbor. This trail system is 35 miles long and runs through a variety of terrain. You’ll see lots of different things including views of Lake Superior, old forest with wooden bridges and boardwalks to ride over, and lots of other smaller lakes and streams. It’s located on a small peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior so it’s in a beautiful area that’s tucked away.

Moab, Utah

Moab has got to be the ultimate mountain biking destination. With tons of trails ranging in difficulty, the possibilities are endless. Miles and miles of trails wind through the desert where you can see red bluffs, rivers, canyons, and even some lush green area. The most talked about trails include:

  • Amasa Back

  • Brand Trails

  • Dead Horse Point State Park

  • Horsethief Area

  • Klondike Bluffs Trail System

  • Klonzo Trails

  • La Sal Mountains

  • Magnificent 7

  • Sovereign

Plan a nice long visit to this area because here you can be biking for weeks!

Crested Butte, CO

Over 700 miles of trails run through Crested Butte, CO, and you won’t be disappointed. The beauty you’ll find in this area is remarkable and the rides range from pretty easy to tough so no matter what your skill level you’ll find a trail you’ll love. The most popular trails include:

  • Trail 401

  • Doctor Park

  • Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman

  • Deer Creek Loop

Don’t sell yourself short by only riding these trails though. There’s a ton more here that will knock your socks off. For a full list of these amazing trails, check out Crested Butte’s travel page!

Sedona, AZ

Over 200 different biking trails run through Sedona, AZ. They include skill levels of beginner, intermediate, and advanced so you don’t have to be a seasoned mountain biker to enjoy this area. Some of these trails will take you on a sightseeing experience you’ll never forget. A few of the most popular trails in Sedona include:

  • Hiline

  • Hangover

  • The Hogs

  • Slim Shady

  • Chuck Wagon

Get your GoPro ready to view some amazing red sandstone, beautiful foliage, twists, turns, jumps, and more! You can even ride all the trails to destinations you want to visit.

Bozeman, MT

The Rocky Mountains make this destination key for mountain biking. The vast elevation and terrain changes provide a variety of rides of all levels. With Montana State University nearby, you’ll find that nightlife in this city is spectacular as well. There are tons of trails to hit but the most notable include:

  • Bangtail Divide Trail

  • Fairy Lake Trail

  • Leverich Canyon Trail

  • Hyalite Creek Trail

  • South Cottonwood Creek Trail

Keep your eyes peeled for elk, bears, wolf, and more as you ride. Make sure you know about bear safety in these areas to protect yourself. Grizzly bears are around so get yourself some bear spray and keep your eyes open for signs that there may be bears in the area. In the unlikely event that one charges you and doesn’t stop when you spray it, lay in the fetal position and cover the back of your neck with your hands. They really only attack if they think you’re a threat so once they no longer see you as one, they tend to leave. You cannot outrun a bear, even on your bike.

Take pictures of your ride and share them below! We’d love to see what you get up to!

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