Phil's World

4.62 out of 5
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↑ 2,600 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
elevation (ft)

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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (2)
System Trails (2)
Hippie House Loop
Phil's Middle World Loop
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Reviews (38)


November 1, 2018
mtnryder Trailblazer  
Review: Phil's World is the single best designed "trail system" I've ever ridden. I ride it at least once a year when I visit Durango. The trail system is 100% singletrack, directional and mountain bikers only. Pure heaven. The one knock on Phil's is the lack of challenging terrain and they recently added an off-shoot from Stinky Springs with some quality tech for those interested.

Bunny Hop

August 13, 2017
Review: As enjoyable as any trail that I have ever ridden. Thanks Phil

Granny Gear

July 5, 2017
mtb_boyong Granny Gear  
Review: Had a lot to offer, so fun with the wife who is a beginner. We did trust loop and connected to hippie house on our firt ride to get a feel. This is the easy loop. We then did the main loop loop following day. All in all it was worth the drive from Denver!!

Granny Gear

November 22, 2016
C2F Granny Gear  
Review: Fun, was wet and seriously muddy. Would be great when dry

Bunny Hop

July 3, 2016
Bill Mundy Bunny Hop  
Review: This trail was awesome! We've all ridden tougher, but I doubt more fun.


June 7, 2016
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: Fun network that has grown since last there. Even a stream for my dog to drink.

Granny Gear

May 4, 2016
Review: Sweeeeet!


April 1, 2016
rhulsey Gnarly  
Review: A really nice singletrack purpose-built for mountain biking. Most of the loops/trails are on the "lightly" technical side (green/blue), while some of the loops are much more technical; like the Ledge Loop (blue/black). Rib Cage is an absolute blast and we ended up going through it a couple of times.


July 4, 2015
Review: Great flow. Fast and fun.


June 15, 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.

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Phil's World MTB Trail 4.62 out of 5 based on 38 ratings. 38 user reviews.
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