5 Best Mountain Biking Trails Near Las Vegas

When thinking of Las Vegas, mountain biking is probably not the first thing to come to mind. However, because of all the sweeping desert landscape and varied terrain, Las Vegas is filled with popular mountain biking trails for all experience levels. Bring lots of water with you and enjoy the ride!

1. Cottonwood Valley

Known as one of the best locations for mountain biking in Las Vegas, Cottonwood Valley is comprised of about 140 miles of singletrack trails surrounded by beautiful scenery. The Cottonwood Valley trails offer routes for all skill levels through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area. Whether you’re looking for a challenging ride or an opportunity to explore the area, Cottonwood Valley is sure to please!

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2. Blue Diamond Loop

This great 10+ mile ride is comprised of much of the Cottonwood trail system. Located in the quaint town of Blue Diamond, this trail features small drops mixed in with moderate climbs — making it a great for ride of all levels of experience.

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3. Badger Pass Loop

Part of the Blue Diamond system, Badger Pass is a great trail for beginners. This singletrack ride features a steady climb that eventually takes you to fun and complex downhills.

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4. Dead Horse Loop

Don’t be deceived by the modest start to the trail. Dead Horse Loop is a moderate 15 mile ride that covers a variety of terrain from loose gravel and double-track to rolling single track and sweeping plateaus. This trail simulates a roller coaster with constant ups and downs with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The loop back referred to as the 3 Mile Smile for its packed red dirt and smooth riding conditions. For riders without a GPS, the trail is also well marked.

5. Bear’s Best

Located West of Las Vegas in Summerlin, Bears Best is filled with BMX like flowing turns intermixed with patches of fun rocky obstacles and smooth trailways. The first mile of this 14.5 mile trail starts out paved then drops down into a dry water basin where the 10 mile singletrack loop then begins. It’s perfect for intermediate level riders.

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