Las Vegas, Nevada trail report

There's more to Sin City than slot machines and bad buffets

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It's no doubt the public lands surrounding Vegas boast amazing views.

The public lands surrounding Las Vegas boast amazing views (click to enlarge).

Red Rock Canyon

Offering up a myriad of trail experiences, Red Rock is known for its rugged technical terrain and steep rutted trails. Beginning near a horse stable, the Cowboy trail network takes a tight and twisty path through cactus-strewn hills. Riders can choose from a variety of loops. After the long grunt up to the radio tower be sure to take in the expansive views.

Another network in the Red Rock Canyon area is Blue Diamond, which features a nice mix of trail options for riders of all abilities. Offering a good mix of beginner to intermediate riding, the Cottonwood North trail system starts and ends in the small town of Blue Diamond. It features a great mix of small drops, rock gardens, and moderate climbs and descents. This tranquil place is a true oasis. More information on MTBProject.com.

No matter what type of riding you prefer, Bootleg Canyon has you covered. Filled with everything from flowy contours to gnar, straight down the fall line, riders of all ability levels will enjoy a few hours at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City.

No matter what type of riding you prefer, Bootleg Canyon has you covered. Filled with everything from flowy contours to gnar, straight down the fall line (click to enlarge).

Bootleg Canyon

Home to the Interbike Outdoor Demo, Bootleg Canyon is a truly unique experience for riders of all interests and ability levels. Whether you prefer shuttling the gnar or punishing your legs and lungs on the climbs, Bootleg is truly a desert gem. Sharp rock litters the loose exposed hillsides as riders meander through trails that have seen constant evolution thanks to local volunteer efforts over the past few years.

Historically, a spider web of intertwined user created trails, SNMBA has been hard at work maintaining and signing the system to create a more cohesive, user-friendly network. Bootleg is a must visit while in the Las Vegas area. More information can be found on MTBProject.com.

Over its years of development many line options have formed at Bootleg giving riders many technical and less technical options over the course of a ride.

Over the years numerous lines have formed at Bootleg, giving riders technical and less technical options over the course of a ride (click to enlarge).

Area Amenities

Las Vegas Cyclery is committed to being a eco-conscious business. It was designed and built to be a net zero establishment, meaning they use no more energy than can be produced on site. This shop is definitely worth a visit.

Sunrise Coffee offers quality coffee drinks and a nice space to relax pre or post ride.

Boulder Dam Brewing in Boulder City is a great post-ride watering hole with happy hour prices on their tasty house beers.


About the author: Jordan Carr

Having spent more than half his life riding all types of bikes at almost every type of cycling event, Carr loves the freedom two-wheeled travel has brought to his life. Having spent many years behind the stand at a bike shop, he’s tested mountain bike products for a number of publications. Follow Carr's adventures as they travel the country promoting trails and mountain biking on Facebook and Instagram.


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  • joe says:

    Evening ride (higways/streets) from Red Rock Canyon down to Las Vegas strip is just as much fun. Fast and easy. On the way to your hotel you’ll “score” all the shows casinos offered to public. Traffic, crowds and “smart a.. on a bike”.

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