One of the most beautiful things about the sport of mountain biking is the dedication of clusters of mountain bikers spread around the planet who are constantly building newer and better mountain bike trails for travel-thirsty riders to explore and enjoy. Over the years we’ve drawn on our massive mountain bike trail database, the expertise of our widespread editorial team, survey data from our millions of readers (you), and rumors that our staff has collected from all corners of the nation, in order to assemble lists of the Top 10 Mountain Bike Destinations in North America and the Top 10 Mountain Bike Cities in North America. In the intervening three years since we published those first top 10 lists, the landscape of mountain biking in the United States has changed. Many top-level destinations have continued to build new and better trails, expanding their trail networks even more. Some destinations that didn’t make the cut before have built out astronomical amounts of new singletrack, subsequently building their national profile. And still other destinations have built very few or absolutely no new trails, and have fallen by the wayside as a result.
This latest list of the best mountain bike destinations factors in the changes that have swept the nation in the past three years. Also, you’ll note that we’ve narrowed the focus of this list to just the USA. So without further ado, here are the current top 10 best mountain bike destinations in the USA:
While Moab is one of the oldest mountain bike destinations on the planet, they refuse to rest on their laurels with the decades-old trails that originally put them on the map. Instead, Moab continues to build more and more bike-legal singletrack, at a rate of about 30 miles per year. And the new trails, quite honestly, are way better than the original classics!
While Moab’s growth in recent years has been incredible, the same iconic factors from 30 years ago are the primary ones that make it memorable today: world-famous slickrock riding, incredible desert views, a great town with excellent bike shops and shuttles, and miles upon miles of trails! It’s no wonder that we awarded Moab the distinctive honor of Mountain Bike Capital of the United States!