Phil's World

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.58 out of 5
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Intermediate
27
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,600 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
6,311
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
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.
added by joeGranny Gear May 14, 2005
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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June 14, 2015
 
Review: This ride is the best definition of a mountain biking smorgasbord I know of. Short steep rocky climbs, steady climbs (no lengthy ones though), smooth fast curved sections, sandstone ledges, rollers, and technical drops are all present here. Add in a few vantage points for great panoramic vistas of the Four Corners region. There is something for beginning to advanced riders to enjoy. This is the perfect place for the beginner to take that next step. The other outstanding attribute is the trails are one-way only. So no need to worry about having to keep alert for riders traveling in the opposite direction. There are several options for loops depending on how many miles and how difficult a ride you would like to do. You can also ride here for several hours without doing the same trail twice if you wish. Even when the trailhead is packed, you can feel a sense of solitude on your ride.

No it is not Crested Butte, Monarch Crest, or 18 Road. Nor should people suggest it is in that class and compare it to those locations. Also it is not a system for those looking for something 'hardcore'. It is great in its unique way, for the reasons mentioned earlier. This is a must ride if you live in the Four Corners, or just visiting for a few days. The added benefit is this system is amongst the first to dry out in SW Colorado. As would be expected, it is hot and arid during the warmer months and there are remote areas, so be sure to take the usual appropriate precautions.

Similar Trail: Alien Run, Road Apple

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April 23, 2015
 
Review: I had a blast on this trail. It was my first time riding it and the trail was very well maintained and fast! It has enough going on to keep you on your toes for most of the ride and some great views. I honestly think this trail is a mix of many aspects some of the 18 road trails has. It isn't as fast but it makes up for it in its park like build. All in all awesome trail and can't wait to ride it again.

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April 4, 2015
 
Review: Awesome Ride! We did Lemon, Abajo and the Rib Cage! Did the Rib Cage 3 times! Ended up being 13 miles total!

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January 28, 2015
 
Review: Wow. Everything it was hyped to be, and a little bit more. There's definitely sections to challenge expert riders, and sections that the freshest beginner can fall in love with. You should visit Durango for the southern terminus of the CO Trail, the incredible Telegraph Trail System, and a pretty good breakfast burrito at Durango Doughworks; and if you visit Durango you need to make the hour drive to Phil's World. It's as simple as that.

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December 28, 2014
 
Review: Based on all that I had read about Phil's World I thought that it was going to be a very easy intermediate trail. It delivered so much more than I expected. I rode the entire trail at the end of September. I only ran into 2 other people and the temperature was perfect at 22C. The trail had more climbing than I expected (not long but constant short climbs that add up) and had more difficult sections than expected. I was on a Mtn bike trip of the SW and this was by far my favourite ride (on this trip I also rode near Zion and several of the classics in Moab). It really had a ton of variety and I was very tired at the end. Bonus was that I could ride to and from the trail head from where I was staying in Cortez. I stopped at the Kokapelli Bike shop and they were helpful but the trail is so well marked that you really don't need a whole lot of guidance. The only think I can't understand is why everyone is so stoked on the Rib Cage. Yes it was fun but just a bunch of rollers that were way down my list of things I loved at Phil's World. Only place that I have ridden that I liked better is Fernie, British Columbia which is Rocky Mountain riding vs desert/Mesa.

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August 9, 2014
 
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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July 26, 2014
 
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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June 9, 2014
 
Review: F.U.N.

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April 27, 2014
 
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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April 13, 2014
 
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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Phil's World MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
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