The Cowboy Trails are a dream for anyone who loves extremely technical riding in a unique and beautiful setting. The trails require a big effort going both uphill and down.
The ride listed here is a recommended tour for all that Cowboy has to offer. It starts with a long, challenging climb followed by a steep and rowdy descent. Along the way you'll pedal, grind and bomb your way through the classic Mojave Desert setting of Joshua Trees and granite slickrock.
Need to Know
The Cowboy Trails are multi-use and frequented by equestrians and hikers. Please be courteous to other trail users.
The trails and routes here are extremely technical and are not marked very well. Be sure to have the MTB Project mobile app
with you as a guide.
Knee and elbow pads, as well as a dropper seatpost are recommended for riding at Cowboy Trails.
Start the Cowboy Trails loop at the bottom of Bunny
along Red Rock Canyon Road. Bunny
is a horse trail. It's loose dirt and rock with some great steps along the way. It's not a bad way up just quite loose from the countless hooves that travel this path.
continue straight onto Cat in the Hat
which is similar in terms of terrain only slightly steeper and with bigger obstacles. Continue along Cat in the Hat
until you wrap around to the junction with First Finger
to connect to SARS
Stay right on SARS
to continue the route. It's more of the same - climbing and navigating the rocky terrain. SARS
ends on a very short downhill to the intersection with Bob Gnarly
and Radio Tower
. Stay right again to head up along a small canyon ledge to the overlook. This is a great place to catch your breath, have a snack and take in the view of the Las Vegas Strip.
Ready for the rowdy descent?
is a long descent from the top of the Cowboy Trail System.System. It's with very technical with loose rocks and steep sections - 100% rowdy from top to bottom.
From the overlook, start downhill along a big shoulder. There are a few drops that come up quickly - be prepared for fast transitions. The trail surface alternates between medium-sized loose rocks and marble-sized scree.
At the far end of the shoulder, the trail turns left (west) near a large rock formation. Make sure your knee pads are on tight and your seat post is dropped - it gets extra spicy from here.
continues to descend quickly through more steep and technical terrain, rolling over and through large drops and big slabs. Towards the bottom, the trail snakes through a series of tight switchbacks before rolling out to the end through a small drainage.
From here, follow the mellow singletrack back to the parking area along Red Rock Canyon Road.
Shared By: Leslie Kehmeier