Three Spring Destinations: Which One is For You?
Here in Boulder, Spring has definitely sprung. Sure, we’re bound to get another dose of winter weather at some point over the next few months, but for now everyone and their brother are out on their mountain bikes enjoying the 70 degree weather… and we certainly can’t blame them. March is the time every serious mountain biker starts thinking about a long-weekend trip to warmer climates, where he or she can enjoy some Desert Southwest riding. Not by chance, here at Chasing Epic we happen to serve three of those such locations: Fruita, Sedona, and St. George.
Some people have asked why we don’t do trips in Moab. Sure, we love riding in Moab, and I’m sure you do too. What’s not to like with killer trails and beautiful (but harsh) landscape scenery as far as the eye can see. However, visit Moab on any weekend between February and June, and there’s a good chance you’ll be riding a congo line up your favorite trail. We prefer to visit the off-the-radar destinations where we can get away from crowds and ride trails that are just as good, but far less crowded.
The top three must-ride mountain bike destinations for 2016 are Fruita, Sedona, and St. George. Each one has its own character and qualities that make it unique and they should all be at the top of any rider’s bucket list. And best of all if you do it right, you won’t have to worry about crowded trails when you’re having the weekend of your life.
Located just four hours from both Denver and SLC, Fruita (and neighboring Grand Junction) is the perfect spring destination for a quick three-day weekend. There are enough trails to keep you busy for a week, and to get the most out of your 3-day trip you should ride with someone who knows the trails.
Sedona is just two hours north of Phoenix, and is one of the most picturesque towns in the country. The weather is absolutely perfect for mountain biking from March through May, where visitors can expect 75 degrees and sunny most days.