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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +468/468 ft
Total: 50 riders
 

Mountain Biking Cowboy Trails

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#87 of 106 mountain bike trails in Nevada
#9,466 in the world

This is a fun, semi-technical to semi-sick, stacked loop trail system located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. Take the trail immidiately to the right after entering the gate which follows a semi-sandy wash for a quarter mile or so then starts to climb. Once on the trail there are no trail markers, but it''s easy to follow the trail and a small enough area that you can''t get lost. Take left turns and you''ll have a smaller loop, right turns for longer loop with more climbing and mix some rights and some lefts for an intemediate loop(s). Several options. The surface is mostly packed dirt or decomposing rock, with frequent rocky sections and rock steps. Some switchbacks, some ledges, and some exposure. Lots of sharp rocks, cactus and sticker bushes to catch you if you fall. Keep climbing towards the radio towers and you''ll end up at an awesome overlook of the Las Vegas valley. From there descend the way you came (with alternate options at every fork)for a less technical but fun return or turn right at the antenna for a couple of more techy descent options. The highlight of which is the Bone shaker which has like 20, 2-4 foot drops linked together in a steep, fun, technical screamfest.

First added by eganjeff on Jan 1, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Trail Directions To get to the trailhead, just drive all the way to the end of West Charleston out of Vegas. Stop by Escape Adventures/Las Vegas Cyclery http://www.escapeadventures.com/lasvegas_bike_shop/ on your way out for maps of the trail. West Charleston becomes Hwy 159/Blue Diamond Road as you enter the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. About 3 miles in look for the a parking area on the left side of the road about 1 mile past the turnoff to the visitor center with a big sign announcing "Horseback Rides". Park here. http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&addtohistory=&formtype=address&searchtype=address&cat=&address=&city=Las Vegas&state=NV&zipcode=&searchtab=home
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  • hollyanne99
    ****

    My only riding here was riding up Flow Job, and then back down and it is hard, fun trail. Climbing up seems never ending, but there are great views as you ride cliff side. Once at the top, I descended the same direction (never made it over to the other loops) and it was a lot of fun! I found this more exciting than the Blue Diamond trails and it was a nice add-on that you don't need expert skills for.

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  • Peck3r
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    Very tough to find. Rangers working at the visitors center had no idea where the radio towers were. There wasn't a mtb biker anywhere and hikers were really bothered to see a bike on a pedestrian trail. I finally carried my bike out on my back....

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  • bowhunterwalker
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    I will not MTB these trails ever again. This is a trail system purpose built for hikers. No flow, loose, stupid steep loose climbs with drops. If you go, be ready to have your bike on your back as often as you are on its back.

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  • kier
    *****

    Stellar rocky desert single tracks with creatives loops on canyon top fingers. Best to have full suspension for these trails.

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