tuscon or vegas?


mike gibson
Rapid City, SD
Joined: Jul 2006
Points: 0

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Need to get out of the snow.  Should I go to tuscon or vegas?   I have been to bootleg canyon but not any other areas near las vegas, and never been to tuscon.  Thanks for any recommendations.  — Jan 5, 2017


Brock Warner
Beaverton, OR
Joined: Nov 2014
Points: 835

Never ridden in Vegas but Tucson has a lot of good riding.  Classier town too, but that's more subjective.  :)

Check out Sweetwater for probably the best close-to-town to awesome-riding ratio.

Honeybee was my favorite while living there.  Pretty chill riding but lots of miles and away from it all.  Links up with more technical stuff up in the Tortolita Mountains.  There is some conflict on trail access now but it looks like someone has updated the route on here to reflect the legal/proper way to get to the trails, so follow that.

50 Year Trail is a classic and the Whoops are fun.

Willow Springs, otherwise known as the 24 Hour Course is a bit further out of town but also fun and chill riding.

And finally, Fantasy Island is a popular place for very cultivated, purpose-built trail riding with lots of ups and downs and windings around.

There's ton of other trails to ride around the area, even up on Mount Lemmon (although there's not as much as you might expect).  Living in a place now that is wet and dark in the winter, I sure am missing riding in Tucson right now.

— Jan 5, 2017


John Edgett
Unknown Hometown
Joined: Sep 2016
Points: 0

+1 for Tucson riding- don't forget Starr Pass for some intermediate trails, lots of brand new Singletrack been built there in the last year or so. And for more of a technical ride, Mt. Lemmon offers Bug Springs- Molino Basin - La Milagrosa. — Jan 6, 2017


Bill Tanner
Unknown Hometown
Joined: Mar 2016
Points: 0

Vegas most definitely! Fossil Canyon (across from Red Rocks) and Blue Diamond area trails are fast and fun. Three Mile Smile is a blast!  — Jan 6, 2017


James Farabaugh
Tucson, AZ
Joined: Sep 2016
Points: 0

Another +1 for Tucson, but I live here and have never ridden near Vegas so take my vote with a grain of salt. — Jan 6, 2017


James Farabaugh
Tucson, AZ
Joined: Sep 2016
Points: 0

Bill, it's not as bad as you imagine.  The trails get plenty of use, and the local IMBA chapter (SDMB) do a lot of trail maintenance.  No worries as long as you keep control and stay on the trail! — Jan 6, 2017


Michael Korpela
Unknown Hometown
Joined: Feb 2016
Points: 0

I am fortunate enough to be a travel nurse which means I get paid to move every 3 months to a new area with great mountain biking.  I did Bootleg Canyon last winter and am in Tucson now.  You can't go wrong with either choice.  For me Tucson is a much nicer city and I would come back here over the Las Vegas area in a heartbeat. — Jan 6, 2017


John Ritter
Unknown Hometown
Joined: Nov 2015
Points: 0
Michael Korpela wrote:

I am fortunate enough to be a travel nurse which means I get paid to move every 3 months to a new area with great mountain biking.  I did Bootleg Canyon last winter and am in Tucson now.  You can't go wrong with either choice.  For me Tucson is a much nicer city and I would come back here over the Las Vegas area in a heartbeat.

Me too Michael! here through April now. Then back to the PNW.  — Jan 6, 2017


mike gibson
Rapid City, SD
Joined: Jul 2006
Points: 0

Thanks to everyone for the responses.  Kinda leaning toward Tuscon, but the weather might be the decider. — Jan 6, 2017


George Zankich
Glendora
Joined: Aug 2014
Points: 491

In tucson you can also ride the Arizona Trail. Just on the outskirts of  tucson in Vail.  Its a nice ride from 3 bridges up to pistol hill. Like others have said tucson is a nice town. I've heard 50 mile and starr pass are great riding too. I visit in laws twice a year there but only ride in thw southwest area near the AZT. Fantasy island is fun too... good for night riding. I've only ridden blue diamond in vegas which was ok for a day of riding but hea2ed good stuff about bootleg. Wearher wise i would choose tucso... Vegas can get cold and windy this time of year. — Jan 6, 2017


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