May 16, 2016
Like many before us, we were out of towners, given our tight schedule we used All Mountain Cyclery as a tour guide and super happy we did. Our ride leader, Matt, was great and picked the trails that matched our fitness level and ability. I know some hate leaders, but I tell you they can turn a great day into a fantastic day.
The best part of the park not necessarily mentioned below adequately enough, the park is laid out to loop back to a central point that has bathrooms, open air showers and a covered picnic area. This means you can ride a couple hours, drop by the parking/picnic area, take a break and do it again. It makes for a different experience than many of the other rides I've done. (Additionally on weekends the shuttle to the top of the hill is a god send when your legs are wearing out... it allows you to stretch out the day on the trails.)
This has to be the new Moab - the place you have to ride as the park is really well laid out and there is something for everyone.
Based on my limited experience with trails ratings of easy, medium, expert etc. these trails appear to be a bit more complicated for their rating than other trails. This is great in my opinion as it pushes your skills - but don't be surprised if the medium trail has you thinking 'holy crap' every once in a while - especially at higher speeds.
The one negative is that as the father of a very strong girl, the idea that the trail labeled girl scout is easier than the trail labeled boy scout is sort of old fashioned. (I know this is a bit PC, but it would be great to welcome more women into the sport and treat them with respect.)