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Bootleg Canyon
Avg Rating: (4.73 out of 5) 26 trail reviews
Difficulty: Advanced bike trail - Advanced
Length: 35 miles Global Rank: #53
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Network
Ridden: 108 Wishlist: 77
26 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+12,300 // -14,300 feet
Average Speed: 6.4 mph Average Time: 2hr 5min
 
 
 
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There is almost 35 miles of awesome singletrack to be ridden. There is a trail for everyone, wheter you want a relaxing after work ride or a technical monster, it's all here. Some of the trails are quite rocky at some points, but it is all rideable. Bootleg Canyon has been dubbed an Epic ride by the I.M.B.A. Visit BootlegCanyon.org or one of the bike shops in town for a map. There is also some killer downhill trails for those gravity extremists.

added by TeamYellowBike Granny Gear on April 26, 2006


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Rock Concepts on April 14, 2014
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Review: one of my favorite places to ride! can't wait to go back! Just a little rocky

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justin70 on March 17, 2014
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Review: Yes, the trailhead is on Canyon road ... Proceed for about half a mile "up,the hill" once it becomes dirt to the trail head, which includes some shelters and a restroom.

Disappointingly little signage on trail. Tried to get a map from a local bike shop (didn't have one) and the bootlegcanyon.org website no longer responds. This is disappointing, for a supposed "epic" location.

Trails are very rocky and technical. Pushed my AM bike to beyond where I am comfortable.

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ntoupal on February 17, 2014
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Review: I was driving thru the area on my way to Moab. Ended up staying here for three days. This is currently my favorite trail system. The views aren't as nice as some other areas but the trails are the best I've ever biked.

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Eric Foltz on January 1, 2014
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Review: Great trails with something for everyone. The XC trails are fun and challenging (Skyline is just awesome). The DH runs are just as good. Another "must do" location.

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stumpyfsr on December 12, 2013
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Review: This trail system is fun to ride. I was lucky to meet local guys who showed me around. Otherwise, there so many trails intersecting each other, that it's hard to keep track of trail you rode. Good idea to bring a map.
Terrain is rocky and loose sometimes with some exposure. Climbs are rideable.
Shuttle operates on weekends.
If you're in the area, make sure to ride these trails - unforgettable experience

Similar Trail: One of a kind

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jbarb1 on November 16, 2013
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Review: Just rode this network of trails for 4 hours. Started on the XC trails which were super technical and challenging. Definitely not recommended for beginners unless a local can bring you on the handful of trails that do not require advanced bike handling skills or hiking. Tried the downhill trails for my last run, after a $5 shuttle ride up and a steep 5 min hike, and hit some super difficult advanced downhill trails. Made the mistake of riding these downhill trails using my XC bike and ended up walking a lot. Luckily I had my pads which are a must for any rider, I would have felt much safer with my full face helmet as well. Some of the best technical riding I've ever ridden.

Similar Trail: None this technical and rocky - one of a kind (for me)

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mtbgreg1 on September 23, 2012
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Review: Great trail system! Lots of variety: flow and gnar, oftentimes in the same trail. I only got to ride the Interbike Outdoor Demo loops, which based on the map is a small fraction of the entire trail system! Next time I'm out here, I want to get away for a much longer ride!

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abegold on May 12, 2012
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Review: Lots of different types of riding here. From gnarly downhills to intermediate cross country trials. Even the easiest, Girl Scout, has rocks. Come in winter as summer is very hot. The shuttle truck makes getting to the top a breeze.

Similar Trail: Few places have this much variety of types of riding. Rating difficulty just doesn't count as every trail is different.

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RoadWarrior on April 14, 2012
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Review: 2nd time riding this system. Both times right after a rain. (best time to ride these trails). First time rode the trails near the Canyon road. This time had all afternoon so headed out On IMBA, then Par None, POW, Mother, Caldera, to the overlook. It's a solid 2 hr ride to the overlook this way, and worth every ounce of sweat. There are no easy trails here, just hard, harder, insane, and FUN, FUN, FUN.

Similar Trail: Blue Diamond for easier trails.

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getouttheretoo on April 1, 2012
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Review: Nice system, we parked at the first parking area (shade structures, toilets, solar showers) and rode up Girl Scout. Nice, easy warm-up and well-designed up track. Inner Caldera (clockwise) is nice, cool views, then down West Leg and over to Mother, the IMBA/POW/Par None loop to wrap up the day. The online map is great http://www.bootlegcanyon.net/trails/

* Review edited 4/1/2012

Similar Trail: Barrel Roll, St George

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RideorDie on November 15, 2011
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Review: This network of trails is totally sweet! It reminds me of Fruita meets Moab! You get tight trails like at Fruita but technical rocky challenge of Moab trails. This is a must do trip if you are in/near Las Vegas. The grade is not too steap to ride up, but after you get tired from a day of riding you can extend your day by jumping on the shuttle. The green and blue trails offer plenty of technical challenge mixed with sections of flowy bermed trails. The black diamond here means it! So don't over estimate your skills if you are on a XC or All Mountain bike. I will definately be comming back for more!

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jamtb on October 13, 2011
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Review: I am from Pennsylvania and first rode this trail back in September and have been dying to come back. Great Single track, good rock sections, some not too forgiving, but great if you like a challenge. I rented a 2012 Stumpjumper from All Mountain Cyclery which is just a few minutes away. Great place, great guys and an awesome few days of riding great single track.

* Review edited 10/13/2011

Similar Trail: Tabeguache/Lunch Loops trails in Grand Junction CO.

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luv2mtb on July 9, 2011
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Review: Fun trail network. Wish I had more time to figure out the best route to suit my intermediate skill level and interest. I got on the trails early (730 AM) and it was already getting hot. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen because there is no cover.

Similar Trail: This is unique to my experience.

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ntoupal on March 28, 2011
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Review: Gnarly Gnarly Downhill. Just driving thru the area ended up staying a couple days because it was some of the best downhill I've ridden in a while. The area has something for everyone except the very novice rider. Dirt jumps, BMX, Cross Country and awesome downhill.

Similar Trail: Amasa Back and Porcupine Rim in Moab, UT

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tarvisg on November 5, 2010
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Review: Great times, not familiar with trail system and refused to pay $6.50 for a map. Went up Girl Scout and Boy scout, to find out some tech climbing on boy scout, but going back down was fun. Caldera was a great loop as well. Very rocky and some no fall zones. Fun, flowy xc trails. I feel I have alot more to explore next time. Even the green rates trails to me were beyond a beginners level. So beginners be careful and probably pad up.

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TMWJR777 on March 13, 2010
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Review: Great trails. I must admit, I was a little unsure before going there, but after riding there 4 days straight, I'm a fan. Beginners... This is not the place for you, even the green trails are challenging. And the black diamond trail are no joke. I've been riding for 10 years, and some stuff there even scared the sh*t outta me.

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syd on December 6, 2009
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Review: Dry dusty trail (you are in a dessert afterall) made for difficult stoping zones when in the DH runs that are there. Amazing view of the rocks however keep your eyes well ahead on the trail. Steep sections and drops that make for difficult navigation

Similar Trail: None this is unique for me

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MTB_Epic on December 6, 2009
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Review: I have been riding the IMBA Epic trails. So Bootleg was up next. Great Trial System. I am not a downhill rider. So as far as the XC trails, they were fun. Best is the USA,, Not so sure. It was small packed rocks. Dry and dusty. Could be tough for beginners. I rented a bike from All Mountain Cyclery. DO NOT RENT FROM All Mountain Cyclery. These guys took the good components off the Stumpjumper I rented. I called ahead for my bike. I got there and it had a flat, did not have the pedals I had requested. Was not checked from the day before rental. After the mile or so ride to the trails, I only got to ride IMBA, POW and Par None. These were easy trails, but a good warm up. After hitting the Mother trail, the cheap replacement derailleur and chain broke. When I got back to the shop, I stood in line with other renters with broken bikes. Not sure what happened, but the guys at AMC accused me of crashing. Not a scratch on me or the bike. Then they changed their story to I shifted wrong. I asked for my money back when they tried to charge me for the worn out broken cheap a** derailleur. Finally I just left when one of the guys said p*** off. If you go ride bootleg, stay away from All Mountain Cyclery

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AK_Dan on November 3, 2009
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Review: I had in mind to write a short review to complain about the seriously deteriorated trails conditions at BLC, however as it turns out I was not on one of the main trails and had actually wandered quite a ways off of the map… D’oh!!! Hey, I don’t feel too bad, I ran into two other guys out there just as bewildered as I was, and they live here! So I would like to point out here that if you are on the western edge of the Caldera trail, riding in a counter-clockwise direction there is a chance you could end up taking the same unexpected route. The trail is not maintained, quite a challenge. is several miles long and may be more than someone who is just out to do the Caldera loop is prepared to do. One of the other guys ran out of water and I know my pack was getting dangerously light. Just a heads up; go prepared, this is a desert. The regular BLC trails are in fair shape except for signage which always seems to disappear due too the gremlins. I hope to be back here in about ten days and will volunteer to haul some out there.

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david_darling on May 4, 2009
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Review: Amazing desert singletrack. The terrain off trail is some cactus but mostly rocky.Great network very well marked. Girlscout rips!

Similar Trail: Old Pueblo, National,

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dorcry on January 3, 2009
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Review: bootleg canyon is the best kept secret in vegas or used to be, I am a local here, and it never gets old, theres so many different variations of trails and skill level to do, I get out here at least 6 times a month, whether to bomb downhills, climb and traverse technical sections or just take my girl on a cross country ride, awesome, awesome, awesome....you will not be dissappointed!!!

* Review edited 1/3/2009

Similar Trail: nothing really compares here in vegas,,blue diamond, mt charleston,

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gcarlson on June 17, 2008
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Review: Totally awesome set of trails. everything from "oh my god I'm gonna die!!!" to "Wow this is sweet" The only big piece of advice I can give is to make sue to run either tubeless or puncture resistant tubes. The thorns out there will get ya.

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JackPompanoBeach on June 2, 2008
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Review: Excellent. There are trails here that don't even look rideable, but are a fast, technical blast! Beginners would be ok here, since all trails are off of dirt road, they could skip out at any time. The part that faces boulder city is extreme, VERY extreme....No trees, lots of climbing, lots of rocks!!Not a place I could spend a whole day, but you should visit it!

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aabiking on July 24, 2007
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Review: I had the opportunity to ride Bootleg Canyon last October and I had a great time. There is something for all level of experience to ride. The downhill is knarly and way out of my league. I tried one trail and was lowering my bike and scaling down the hill while wondering if anyone really rode this trail when I heard a couple of wahoos and here they come. I felt like hiding but I just greeted them and watched in amazement as they descended with ease. The bike that I was on was not meant for this type of riding and neither was my cahonas. The rest of the technical trails I loved. The long desert runs were great too. There is a playground near the parking area with small to large jumps, a teeter-totter and some rails to ride. This is a must experience if you are in the Vegas area.

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dalmasp on March 20, 2007
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Review: Super! There is a trail for every skill level. I did the XC trails. The climb up Girl Scout and the gravel road was tough, but the ride down Boy Scout, West Leg, Upper Lake View and Middle Lake View made the climb worthwhile.

Similar Trail: Blue Diamond

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sergio__ on December 14, 2006
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Review: i just rode it for the first time a couple a weeks ago and have been in love with it since. great workout, very scary at times but awsome at the same time. i go now every weekend and recommend it to everyone, it's fun.

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