Phil's World

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27
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Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 2,600 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
6,311
elevation (ft)
91
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4.58 out of 5
About This Trail
added by joe Granny Gear on May 14, 2005
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The trail is pure hard-pack singletrack, with about 750' overall elevation, although climbs are never greater than about .5mi and 200' elevation. Go through the gates near the parking lot, take the intro section and turn left at the arrow (next set of gates), follow left through the track and you'll have a great time.

The track is very fast, well-maintained and has a lot of great sections, including a rollercoaster section that allows you to get great speed and some air if you take them hard, and also some sweet jumps later on in the course. we had to backtrack about 4 times just to rehit a lot of the sweet sections. There is nothing exceptionally technical, just really fast and fun. The landscape is generally colorado desert, with some nice track along the rims of the cliffs and through some waist high juniper trees. This is a great track, and more than work the drive from Durango. After riding three trails there, this was a fantastic. All the locals we talked to recommended it, and I recommend getting a trail map from the local shop. There are many more trails in the Cortez area to be explored.
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GTechRacer on August 9, 2014
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Review: Maybe it's because I had just ridden trails like Monarch Crest and 401 and had high expectations for this one too, but it just wasn't there. I thought it was good and probably a great local ride if you live around but not something worth driving a long distance to. It does have some fun and tech stuff but it does not compare to Colorado's premier biking trails. Maybe I need to ride it again...who knows, but it was too normal for me. Also bring plenty of water because it's hot.

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skelldify on July 26, 2014
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Review: Eh. I had really high expectations for this place as it gets rave reviews, but my buddy and I both found it kinda boring. It's a roadie's bike trail. There are no technical challenges whatsoever. You can only ride so many flow trails before they all start to feel the same: "pedal, pedal, pedal, turn, pedal, uppp, downnn, pedal, tabletop, pedal, turn..." Ride this area for 10 minutes and you've seen all you're gonna see.

Similar Trail: Alien Run, Fantasy Island

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Lunchbox20 on June 9, 2014
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Review: F.U.N.

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AaronT on April 27, 2014
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Review: One of my favorite rides in the country. Up coco race to Lemon head and over to the rib cage and do it as many times as your body will let you. Part of my MTB circuit & I live 7 hrs away. Always worth the visit. .

Similar Trail: PBR @ 16 road trails (fruita)

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Skoofer on April 13, 2014
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Review: After reading so many amazing things about this trail & spending the prior 2 weeks riding stuff like Monarch Crest, Crested Butte area, Hartman Rocks, & all sorts of Durango singletrack this trail system can be described accurately as "underwhelming". The layout, trail design, & quality can't be denied but it just doesn't leave that big of an impression. Coming from the Hill Country in Central Texas this was too much like what I was used to. Not bad by any means but just not very impressive as a destination trail hundreds of miles from my home.

On the plus side, there is tons of flow & the thought put into the layout really shows. It just doesn't compare to the "big mountain" stuff I look for when I travel to ride. On the other hand, the 2 people I rode this with said it was the highlight of the trip for them. Maybe I was just having an off day or maybe the fatigue was finally catching up with me but I just remember not having as much fun on this ride as the others during that trip.

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k2rider on March 18, 2014
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Review: I can only assume that there are reviews here from 2007 that things have changes some but how this is #40 is beyond me. It's #1 over at MTB Project dot com. The heading says the trail is 10 miles and I rode a lil' more than 20 when I did all the loops so the info is dated. Everybody else wrote all the good stuff so I'll just summarize MY opinion...this is the very best **trail system** I've ever ridden. Not the most challenging but the layout of 100% directional trails with 100% singletrack is pure heaven...no hikers is teh icing on the cake.

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thor29 on December 10, 2013
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Review: Fast, flowing roller coaster type of a trail. Heaven on a single speed. The rib cage is EPIC.

Similar Trail: Pueblo south shore trails

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delphinide on October 14, 2013
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Review: A little something for everyone. Fun network of loops with breathtaking scencery...a challenging intermediate trail with a few small rollers and jumps to satiate the experts. I had high expectations for RibCage...and did not know I rode it until I finished it...so it is not as 'crazy' as some may tell you. Still a heck of a lot of fun!

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gregval on April 27, 2013
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Review: Not too much to add. I agree with most reviewers. GREAT trails, a must-ride location. Do not miss Ribcage, if you like BIG dips! Quite busy for a weekday, but with all one-way, no real issues.
Hippy House loops are good warmups, and for those you want a little tamer trail.

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bonkedagain on September 30, 2012
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Review: The Kokopelli club has definitely done a fine job of making the most out of this small chunk of public land. Lots of swoopy turns thru the cedars with occasional bumps that can briefly get both wheels of the ground. Nothing super technical here, with no surprises: no unexpected sharp turns; no sudden drops. The trail corridor has minimal clearing (I was constantly ducking branches) and most of the tread is narrow. Rib Cage was so much fun that we rode that section twice. Definitely worth visiting if you are in this part of the country.

Similar Trail: Sovereign

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Ullr on September 3, 2012
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Review: I usually do not review because I am lazy but thank you all for doing so. I have to review Phil's world. It is just alot of fun. I have ridden most of the top rated trails in CO and the West. This is one of my favorite areas. Not alot of climbing like most CO trails. Just great fun. The guys in Cortez and Kokopelli bike shop have done an awesome job on this one.

Similar Trail: Fruita trails

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JerryC on July 21, 2012
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Review: Awesome. Spent a week in Colorado and rode Doctors, 401, Hemosa, Ned Overend, this was by far one of the favorites. This trail offers everthing, short climbs, fast descents, swooping turns and the Rib Cage. This trail resembles many trails back east excep the lack of mud, trees and of course the Mesa views. We stayed in Durango and made this the last ride of our trip. If you are from out of town, you have to drive into Cortez and visit Kokopeli Bike Shop. Between Durango, Crested Butte and Gunnison, this was by far the best bike shop. About the tail, there is a $4.00 charge as the trail runs through private property and the fee coveres insurance and usage fees paid by the local club. Which, by the way, does night rides at Phils World. If you do this trail recommend you get some local advice and you have to do the Rib Cage and expect to get some air. The views from the Mesa are astounding. Most of the trail in this area are rated high because of the down hills/drop in evelation, this trail is up a bit, down a bit, and so on. It is fast, lots of turns, and a a lot of chances to grab some air. make it a must due if you are anywhere near Durango or Cortez. it can get hot so plan for an early ride in the summer months. This can be a beginners trail but there are many sections that are on cliff egdes but can be walked based on your experience and comfort level.

Similar Trail: Many of the back east out and back rides with varying terrain and switchbacks

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jeff on June 29, 2012
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Review: This is a review of just the lower (southern) trails which I thought were good but perhaps not as amazing as the other trails at Phil's World. The trails are exposed and feature minimal climbing yet we found ourselves pedaling pretty much the whole time. Gotta get back out here and ride the rest of the trails!

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Joshb976 on June 27, 2012
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Review: First place I ever rode and my mountain bike heart will forever live here. Great climbs, Great downhill, wonderful for beginners and advanced riders. Something here for everyone, and one more thing.....THE RIB CAGE!

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luv2mtb on July 7, 2011
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Review: I have ridden thousands of miles of singletrack in seven states on many different trails. The twenty miles I rode this morning on this network was the most fun I've ever had. Check it out.

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98special on November 22, 2010
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Review: Like skibum say's,it lives up to the hype.I have riden all 5 of the trail system and each one has it own personality.If you chose to ride in the summer take alot of water.The local club has done a FANTASTIC job of building new trails,it now is near 35 miles of single track.

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John Fisch on August 20, 2010
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Review: This one lives up to the hype and then some! There is now over 20 miles of top quality singletrack in a multiple loop network with great variety. The fun to work ratio on this trail is unbelievable. There's super tight n' twisty singletrack through the pinion, there's broad, swoopy singletrack through the high desert, there's rock formations, techy bits, ledges and jumps. There's a little bit of everything except extended climbs or death-defying downhills, but you won't miss that. Just try to wipe the grin off your face. Concur with AK_Dan; the Rib Cage is like Chutes and Ladders on steroids--lots of air time if you want it. All trails are designated one way, so you can really open up in places without fear of oncoming traffic. This is dry country, so bring plenty of water if you want to do it all. Also, all the maps at trail junctions were destroyed when I went, so you may want to bring your own.

* Review edited 8/20/2010

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kberry on September 23, 2009
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Review: i lived in cortez for a yr and could not get enough of phil's world... that is of course until the middle of the summer when its too scorching hot. i just wanted everyone to know that there is a new loop that has been added and the trail is now better marked w/ maps so that you are able to make your ride as long or short as you want. it still remains my std for trails since moving away.

Similar Trail: horse gulch durango co

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AK_Dan on December 10, 2008
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Review: Amazing! My hat is off to the guys at Kokopelli bike shop in Cortez for all their work on this trail system. Not the biggest, the longest or the baddest but definetly the best fully singletrack trail Ive ridden yet(and I have done a few)! The flow of these trails is fantastic and the amount of technical stuff is just right. The ride through the Rib Cage out does the ladders of Chute & Ladders in Fruita. I rode with a group of locals from nearby Durango and they informed me a lot of the trails have been rerouted just this summer and 2 of the loops we did were brand new, so if you have done this before go hit it again! I logged 15 miles and there are plenty more to do next time. This is the first trail system I have seen with a donation slot at the trailhead. $3 is the suggested amount, please drop it in, after riding the trails you may just drop in another buck or two! I posted a few new pics-

Similar Trail: Zippity-do-dah, Chutes & Ladders, Horsethief Bench

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MtnByker on August 4, 2008
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Review: Do not miss this trail! One of the best trails in the four corners area. Beautiful singletrack and the twisted pinon juniper trees give it a haunted forest feel. Crank it up for a nice YEE-HAA ride or throttle back for a sweet cruise. Something for everyone!

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arnolda14 on June 16, 2007
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Review: Wow, is this fun. Miles and miles of singletrack to choose from with something for everyone. Built by and for mtn bikers. The whoopdidoos at the rib cage are the best I've ever ridden. If you only do one ride in Cortez, this is the one to do. Big props to the guys at Kokopelli Bikes in Cortez. We saw not one other soul while we were up there mid-week and it was hotter than roasted heat so make sure to bring more water than you think you need and be prepared to take care of yourself if something goes wrong. This trail will make you fall in love with gravity all over again. This is one of my favorite rides on the planet. Just down the road from Mesa Verde.

* Review edited 6/6/2009

Similar Trail: Prime Cut and Kessel Run in Fruita

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mogulskier013 on June 15, 2007
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Review: and one more thing - the section on the south side of the highway is decent but not nearly as well kept and not nearly as fun - you are much better served going for another lap on the north side.

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mogulskier013 on June 15, 2007
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Review: Unbelievable fast singletrack. No technical sections at all, just pedaling fast and hard. Absolutely one of the best trails around - including trails in and around Durango . . . .the part where you drop into and out of the creek bed multiple times is very much like riding a half pipe in the winter months.

Similar Trail: There isn't really anything like this trail that I have ever ridden.

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abegold on December 22, 2006
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Review: There is also a section on the south side of highway 160 accessed by riding under the highway south of the parking behind the fairgrounds. More rabbits here. 6-7 more miles.

Similar Trail: Sand Canyon Trail

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Phil's World MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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