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Where to Ride: 5 US MTB Destinations

With an abundance of eager-to-explore mountain bike enthusiasts living and riding across our beautiful country, it’s only natural that certain destinations have earned a reputation for being perfect places to unplug, ride, and discover. At G-Form, we have some favorites of our own…

Here are our picks for top five mountain biking destinations in the USA:

Downieville, California:

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Originally California’s fifth largest town during the Gold Rush, this location offers over five hundred of miles to play, deep in the Sierra foothills. Most of the terrain includes fast, steep, banked switchbacks and adrenaline-boosting descents that will certainly challenge. Visit during the Downieville Classic for a two-day festival that includes both a cross-country and downhill race. As far as fast tracks go, hit up Third Divide, but beware, it’s not for the faint of heart.

East Burke, Vermont:

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Situated in Northern Vermont, the Kingdom Trails are nationally recognized as some of the best riding the east coast has to offer. With over 100 miles of well-groomed trails for a variety of skill levels, this place is tough to match. Each summer East Burke hosts the largest festival in New England, NEMBA Fest, which attracts riders from across the country for three days of endless riding, music, food, and beer. During your visit we suggest hitting up J-Bar and Ketchel, two of our favorite trails.

Moab, Utah:

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World famous for a colorful red-rock landscape, Moab looks straight from planet mars. Riding here provides spectacular scenery through stunning canyons and mesa tops. With both beginner and expert-level trail riding, we suggest hitting the Courthouse Loop for something mellow or the Slickrock if you’re looking to push your limits. If you get the chance, don’t leave without visiting Arches and Canyonlands National parks!

Sun Valley, Idaho:

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Perhaps the most underrated world-class destinations, it’s time to expose this mountain bike nirvana. With remarkable alpine views, over four hundred miles of single track, thirty miles of paved paths, and lift access on Bald Mountain; Sun Valley has what you need for the ultimate mountain bike experience. Start your morning ride with the Forbidden Fruit trail and wake up those legs with fast and flowy riding.

Crested Butte, Colorado:

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Known for its captivating trails through wildflowers, Crested Butte hosts the oldest-running mountain bike festival ever: Fat Tire Bike Week. Since then, this destination has drawn tens of thousands of mountain bikers from around the world. Having hosted the Enduro World Series in 2015, you can trust that Crested Butte has quite the reputation for breathtaking scenery and top-tier mountain bike riding. We recommend hitting trail classics such as the 409.5 or Deadman’s Loop.

Whether it’s the terrain, views, close-knit community, trail maintenance, or all of the above; it’s merits like these that make us enjoy our experience riding bikes even that much more.

If you haven’t already, be sure to take a look at our “What to Pack: Mountain Biking” guide.

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