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Woodward Mountain Bike Skills Progression Park, Fresno, California
This 10-acre progression park in Fresno helped pioneer bike park building in California and across the continent. Expertly designed and constructed by Nat Lopes of Hilride, the foresight and planning that went into the park in the beginning has paid off in huge dividends by remaining relevant to riders today. The park includes a massive “40-pack of table top jumps, trials areas, north shore ladder bridges, [and a] pump track,” according to Lopes.
Elk Grove Bike Park, Elk Grove, California
While only 2.4 acres in size, the Elk Grove Bike Park has had a big impact thanks to its three jump lines, three pump tracks, and one flow trail, serving over 11,000 riders per year. “In the short time that our bike park has been open it’s really put Elk Grove on the map in the BMX and cycling community. Riders routinely come from within a 50-mile radius to ride,” said Keith Coben of the Bike Park Crew. Be sure to bring the hamburgers and hot dogs because the jumps are located in Elk Grove’s largest regional park, complete with BBQ grills and all other types of standard park amenities.
North Valley Bike Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Like the rest of the bike parks that have been designed and built by the venerable Nat Lopes of Hilride, North Valley Bike Park features superbly-designed features and a progressive nature that helps riders of all ability levels grow as mountain bikers. With 50-100 riders on a weekday and 200+ riders per day on the weekends, North Valley is constantly buzzing with activity. Spread across two acres are a “full progression of pump tracks, dirt jumps, flow track, and north shore ladder bridge features,” according to Lopes. The abundance of choices helps spread the visitors out and keeps everyone busy!
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Been wanting to check out the Fresno park, I hear it is very well done, but I hadn’t heard about the Elk Grove park, which is about 5 miles south of Sacramento. Will have to check that out! Thanks for the heads up!
Woodward park is very nice! Being 45 minutes away its a great place to ride when time is short and you don’t want to go on a trail alone. Also a great place just to learn your bike and ride.
Yeah, I think the social aspect of bikes parks is what really makes them special compared to hitting the trail, even with a group.