Hey Everyone: First time user here. Seems like a good place to ask for input on a MTB vacation. Wife and I are 50. Son is 14. August vacation plans have fallen through because of COVID crap so I’m trying to come up with other ideas we can do that are low risk. We love to hike (have done 15-20 mile day trip hiking in the east in ADK and the AT), but we’ve been getting into Mountain Biking alot lately. Looking for suggestions on a place where we can do both. Wife isn’t that into MTB’ing. She’d be fine on Intermediate trails. We’re NOT looking for downhill stuff. Looking for scenery that’s out of this world, bike rental is a must (we’re not going to fly out our own bikes), and do some hiking on the side. Thinking UTAH, but open to suggestions. Want to focus our search in the West as we’ve never been there before. Thanks!
I would avoid any low elevation (3000-6000 ft) places like Moab UT, Hurricane UT, Sedona AZ, and Fruita/Grand Junction CO. Those place places will be brutally hot and are spring/fall destinations. Unless you’re acclimatized to high altitude, I would avoid any places higher than 8000 ft at least at the beginning of your trip like Crested Butte CO and Brian Head UT. I would be looking for places at 6000-8000 ft like Durango/Cortez CO, Salida/Gunnison CO, and Park City UT. These places should have pleasant temps in August. I would reserve rental bikes ahead of your arrival to be certain you will get them.
Bike Nerd – much appreciated, and great info and insights. I’m a bit frustrated. We so much want to plan a trip this summer, and we thought out west could be “safe”, and now some of these areas are popping up as COVID resurgence hot zones.
<p>I went to Sedona the other week for the first time and it was awesome. I live in Yuma, so I’m used to the heat. If you don’t mind heat, I’d recommend it. But if you are looking for something cooler with a similar vibe, Flagstaff is a great place to ride in addition to Bike Nerd’s recommendations. It fits right in his recommended elevation range too. I camped there a few weeks ago for one night, then hit the trails in the morning. You can camp in many areas for free. Or you can hit the Flagstaff KOA, which is relatively cheap and offers bathrooms, showers, etc. If you choose to camp, be sure to check the fire ban policy. I had to rely on electric and propane for cooking because fires were banned when I was there due to the dry conditions. </p><p>I hit Sunset Trail as the feature trail in Flagstaff. It’s located on Mt. Elden and surrounded by many other trails. I wasn’t yet acclimated to the altitude and could definitely feel it. Needless to say, I didn’t break any records, but I had fun. It’s also conveniently located near the KOA campground. </p><p>If you do ever end up in Sedona, I recommend hitting up Over the Edge bike shop. I stopped by and those guys hooked me up with good gouge on which trails to hit based on what I told them I was into. The shop is small, but they have some nice stuff. The guys working there were really cool too. The feature trail I hit there was Mescal. </p><p> </p>