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10 Best Mountain Bike Trails in the U.S. for Exhilarating Adventures

The United States is full of dramatic scenery and unique landscapes, which means its perfect for embarking on adrenaline-filled mountain biking adventures. Some of the best mountain bike trails in the U.S. offer a memorable outdoor experience, whether you’re looking for challenging obstacles, a smooth ride with stunning views or steep climbs designed to test your strength.

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With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve compiled a list of the best mountain bike trails across the country. Our full guide highlights a variety of trails that cater to different styles and preferences, each of them with something unique to offer, from level-elevating paths to purely fun rides. Grab your map and helmet, and let’s go!

401 Trail Loop – Crested Butte, Colorado

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Distance: 24.7 kilometres

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

When you think of best mountain bike trails in the U.S., 401 Trail Loop in Crested Butte often comes to mind – for good reason. Not only does this high alpine trail offer epic descents but it also boasts spectacular views of the Gothic Valley and Mount Crested Butte. Thrill-seekers will love the trail’s varied landscapes of snow-capped mountains and meadows of wildflowers, winding its way past alpine lakes. It starts with an eight-kilometre hike up the Schofield Pass, while the fast and gently sloping downhill hugs the hillside. Take your time and savour the views.

Where to Stay Near 401 Trail Loop

Elevation Hotel and Spa Crested Butte

Offering an ideal slope-side location, Elevation Hotel and Spa Crested Butte provides a full range of pampering amenities for mountain bikers. The luxury ski-in/ski-out hotel treats guests to slope-side dining, a luxury spa, heated indoor pool and three hot tubs with incredible mountain views. Its stylish rooms and suites are the perfect oasis after a tiring outdoor adventure, boasting flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes and balconies with nature views. Upgrade to a Slope-Side King for a soaker bathtub and balcony with scenic views of Mt. Crested Butte.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 136 – USD 1,099
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, CO 81225, United States

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Poison Spider Mesa Trail — Moab, Utah

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Distance: 21.7 kilometres

Level: Advanced

We’ve chosen Poison Spider Mesa Trail as one of the best mountain bike trails in the U.S. due to its location in Moab, Utah – a destination for serious riders. The exhilarating loop trail climbs 300 metres in elevation and descends fast and sharp along Portal Trail, which is your return route. Accessible year-round, this difficult route is often combined with challenging obstacles but also offers incredible scenery overlooking Moab and the La Sal Mountains. In addition to requiring expert bike skills for this trail, you’ll need plenty of water for the harsh desert climate.

Where to Stay Near Poison Spider Mesa Trail

Aarchway Inn

Aarchway Inn, hotel near the best mountain bike trails

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Where “luxury meets adventure”, Aarchway Inn is nestled between the picturesque red rock cliffs and buttes of Colorado River. Inviting perks at this hotel include an outdoor pool, hot tub and horseshoe course. Got the kids in tow? They’ll love the splash pad and playground. When it’s time to retire, choose from the pet-friendly Two Queen Beds Room, Studio Apartment or Family Room. All feature Direct TV (with HBO and ESPN), coffee makers and high-speed Wi-Fi. If you’re itching for adventure, Arches National Park is just three kilometres away.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 145 – USD 200
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 1551 North Highway 191, Moab, Utah, United States

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Torry Ridge – Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

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Distance: 19.3 kilometres

Level: Advanced

Set in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Torrey Ridge is ideal for riders who prefer a quiet mountain biking experience. It’s considered one of the best mountain bike trails for those looking to test their strength, as even experienced bikers will be surprised with the mix of terrains. Expect to see rocky and steep sections, technical climbing and suspension-testing descents. Unless you’re an elite rider and can complete it in 45 minutes, we recommend slowing down and soaking up the scenery (particularly in autumn when the foliage is at its most colourful).

Where to Stay Near Torry Ridge

Omni Charlottesville Hotel

Omni Charlottesville Hotel, hotel near the best mountain bike trail

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Showcasing a blend of downtown luxury and Southern charm, Omni Charlottesville Hotel greets visitors with a seven-story atrium lobby. Step inside to discover contemporary rooms, which boast stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and historic Charlottesville. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Pointe or grab a coffee-to-go at Morsel’s, then after your ride, unwind at the outdoor pool or take advantage of the gym’s indoor hot tub and dry sauna.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 143 – USD 245
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 235 W Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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Flying Dog Loop – Park City, Utah

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Distance: 27.1 kilometres

Level: Intermediate

Located in Park City, Utah, Flying Dog Loop offers a lot of trail variations that can be extended and reduced depending on your skill level. For this reason, it is one of our top picks for the best mountain bike trails in the U.S., as it makes it a great spot if you’re in a mixed ability group. There are three main trailheads, and as the trail climbs, you’ll pass aspen forest and meadows, then encounter well-designed switchbacks and climbing turns. Be sure to bring lots of water for this sun-exposed route. For the most pleasant temperatures, visit in autumn or early spring.

Where to Stay Near Flying Dog Loop

Hotel Park City, Autograph Collection

Hotel Park City, Autograph Collection, hotel near the best mountain bike trails

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Set in the mountains of northern Utah, Hotel Park City, Autograph Collection is a mix of modern luxury and an old-world ski resort. Not only will you have access to renowned ski slopes and an 18-hole golf course but also spacious suites with cosy fireplaces, king-size beds, jetted tubs and private balconies. Fuel up with juicy steaks at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, then recharge at the spa’s herbal-infused steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and hydrotherapy tub.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 264 – USD 1,119
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 2001 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060, United States

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McKenzie River Trail – Eugene, Oregon

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McKenzie River Trail

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Distance: 40.8 kilometres

Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced

Nestled in the vast Willamette National Forest, the McKenzie River Trail in Eugene, Oregon twists and turns through the Cascade Mountains and is accessible for all skill levels, offering a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced sections. Undoubtedly one of the best mountain bike trails in the U.S., it’s beloved for exhilarating curves that lead to 300-year-old forests, lava fields, hot springs and a mountain river lined with waterfalls. While it starts out challenging with rocky terrain, its conditions at the end are much easier offering flowing twists and striking photo opportunities.

Where to Stay Near McKenzie River Trail

Inn at the 5th

Inn at the 5th, hotel near the best mountain bike trail

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After a strenuous day of riding, Inn at the 5th offers luxury rooms and suites ideal for relaxation. Located within the 5th Street Public Market in downtown Eugene, select rooms boast built-in fireplaces and private balconies and whirlpool tubs. Perks at this boutique hotel include complimentary cruiser bikes, a luxury shuttle service and French-inspired fine dining at its on-site restaurant Marche. If you have time to explore, add the charming coastal towns on Oregon’s coast to your itinerary.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 199 – USD 1,000
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: 205 E. 6th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, United States

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South Boundary Trail #164 – Taos, New Mexico

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Distance: 34.4 kilometres

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Located in Carson National Forest, South Boundary Trail #164 is one of New Mexico’s best mountain bike trails. Starting in Taos and ending near Angel Fire, you’ll be taken on a tour of the Sangre de Cristo Range across ridges, valleys and through conifer forests. After hiking uphill, you’ll reach the “Heaven on Earth” section that offers gorgeous vistas of aspen groves before another two-kilometre climb and steep four-kilometre descent. While spring and summer bring pleasant riding temperatures, the trail is at its most picturesque in autumn when the aspens turn into shades of yellows, golds and oranges.

Where to Stay Near South Boundary Trail #164

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa is a luxury retreat with spacious suites, catering to couples, families and solo travellers alike. Select suites include fireplaces, living rooms, extra bedrooms and private patios with mountain views. Foodies will flock to the hotel’s award-winning De la Tierra Restaurant, which offers a creative menu of global and local dishes. Alternatively, opt for creative cocktails at Anaconda Bar, soak in the saltwater pool or get pampered with a massage at The Living Spa.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 184 – USD 570
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 317 Kit Carson Road, Taos, NM 87571, United States

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Munds Wagon Trail – Sedona, Arizona

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Distance: 12.8

Level: Intermediate

Set in Coconino National Forest, Munds Wagon Trail carves through Sedona’s iconic red rock landscape. It ascends over 350 metres and circles the base of Merry-Go-Round Rock, which offers gorgeous views down Bear Wallow Canyon toward Sedona. Bring your camera for this trail, as the red rock views along the way are simply amazing. On your ride, you can capture magnificent views of the Mogollon Rim high above the canyon floor and Mitten Ridge as you enjoy a spectacular backdrop of rust-coloured rock towers. Also, you can bring your loved one along for the adventure, as Sedona is considered one of the most affordable romantic destinations in the U.S.

Where to Stay Near Munds Wagon Trail

Amara Resort & Spa

Amara Resort & Spa, hotel near the best mountain bike trails

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Tucked along the banks of Oak Creek Canyon, Amara Resort & Spa is a quiet sanctuary just steps from Uptown Sedona. You’re spoilt with on-site amenities, including morning yoga and courtyard lawn games, while relaxation comes easy with poolside cocktails and a luxury spa. Additionally, you can enjoy Southwest fare (including its famed beer cheese) at SaltRock Southwest Kitchen. For a jetted soaking tub and furnished patio, stay in the lavish Creek Side Spa Suite that offers Oak Creek and red rock views.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 211 – USD 755
Guest Rating: 8.5
Address: 100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336, United States

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Bangtail Divide Trail – Bozeman, Montana

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Distance: 40.2 kilometres

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Head to Bozeman, Montana to ride Bangtail Divide Trail, an epic mountain trail with scenic views of wildflower meadows and mountain ranges. Be ready for a long haul on this lengthy route, which is 75% single track and mixes flowing downhill sections and switchbacks with steep climbs to test your stamina. The trail showcases some of the best landscapes of Montana, taking you past spruce and fir forests and offering sweeping views of Bridger Canyon, Bridger Ride and the Crazy Mountains. Fun fact – Bangtail Divide was purpose-built by Terry Johnson, a local trail building legend who was ahead of the sustainable, bike-friendly building curve.

Where to Stay Near Bangtail Divide Trail

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bozeman

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Just a short drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Bozeman caters to all types of adventurers. It’s large Studios feature divided living rooms, workspaces, flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Before you ride, fuel up at the complimentary breakfast, then return from your adventure and enjoy a dip in the indoor pool or grab a drink at the bar. Gallatin’s restaurant serves an array of local beers on tap and offers a nightly happy hour.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 134 – USD 205
Guest Rating: 9.3
Address: 1601 Baxter Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718, United States

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DuPont Ridgeline Trail – Brevard, North Carolina

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Distance: 10.1 kilometres

Level: Intermediate

DuPont Ridgeline Trail in Brevard, North Carolina has a little bit of everything: a flowy single track, forest roads and picturesque waterfalls. DuPont State Forest, which was the setting for The Hunger Games film, is one of the best mountain biking destinations in the Southeast with around 160 kilometres of mountain bike trails. The circular DuPont Ridgeline Trail offers a mix of climbing and fast downhill sections, then finishes with an exhilarating descent. After sharpening your mountain bike trail skills in DuPont, head to nearby Pisgah National Forest, which offers hundreds of kilometres of trails and an array of activities to enjoy–both on and off the bike.

Where to Stay Near DuPont Ridgeline Trail

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort, hotel near the best mountain bike trails

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Mix up your mountain bike adventure with a stay at North Carolina’s premier mountain golf resort, Etowah Valley Golf & Resort. Not only does it feature a championship 27-hole golf course, but it also boasts two hydro-clay tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool and horseshoes. Enjoy outdoor dining at Zeke’s Greenside Tavern, then retreat to one of the rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and balconies overlooking the course. Additionally, three and four-bedroom cottages are available for larger groups.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 140 – USD 179
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 470 Brickyard Road, Etowah, NC 28729, United States

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Mountainside Loop – Kingdom Trails, Vermont

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Distance: 25.7 kilometres

Level: Advanced

Mountainside Loop in Kingdom Trails, Vermont is a circular route that starts and ends at the Burke Mountain Campground. It begins with a switchback-laden climb, then descends on a track dotted with exposed tree roots, jumps and bridges. Moose Alley is the trail’s long (and fun) downhill section that goes through a serene forest, while the trail finishes with a steep but rewarding climb back to the campground. For prime leaf-peeping and an abundance of outdoor recreation like skiing and hiking to waterfalls, head to nearby Stowe for a memorable mountain getaway.

Where to Stay Near Mountainside Loop

Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center

Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center, hotel near the best mountain bike trails

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Mingle with like-minded travellers at Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center, a cosy retreat in the mountains of Vermont. The only hotel on Kingdom Trails, it offers ride-in/ride-out access to both Kingdom Trails and the Burke Mountain Bike Park. Choose from Studios and one to three-bedroom Suites, which include complimentary Wi-Fi, Cable TV and in some, kitchenettes or full kitchens. Enjoy a sit-down meal at The View Pub or grab meals-to-go at Bear Essentials, then take advantage of the outdoor pool, hot tub, family arcade and fitness centre.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 162 – USD 277
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 2259 Mountain Road, East Burke, VT 05832, United States

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Get Out and Explore the Best Mountain Bike Trails in the U.S.

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Like a thrilling roller coaster, the best mountain bike trails in the U.S. are nothing short of exhilarating. As revealed by our list, it can be a daunting task to narrow down the best trails dotted across the country. Therefore, you can use our guide to choose with trail fits your skills, needs and preferences. After your adventure, kick back and recharge at one of the top hotels nearby offering luxe perks such as outdoor pools, indulgent spas and gourmet restaurants.

 

What do you think are the best mountain bike trails in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below.

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