Nothing beats springtime in the Southwest. Snow in the high country to get those last days in on the slopes, and single track drying out down low just itchin to be ridden. While more and more town trails in Durango become ride ready, we are so happy to be the only guide company with permits to lead tours on the fast, flowy, fun trails at Phils World, Alien Run, and Glade Area trail system, all 30-40 minutes from Durango. The Webb family, Tony, Micah, Hollis, and Titus, great riders from Georgia, can check Phils off the “must ride” list.
It’s always special leading families on tours. With the great weather we’ve been having in Durango it’s allowed us to start guiding on the trails in town. Thursday we took out David, Sara, and their son Gavin. We covered about 15 miles in 3 hours hitting some primo single track. Friday David and Gavin went out with us again, this time riding Alien Run.
The 2021 tour season has officially kicked off with a four hour ride with Rachel Varn. Rachel, living in Maryland, is the founder of Pedal Power Kids, an organization formed to get more kids on bikes! Saturday’s tour, a 17 mile ride on the Alien Run trail system, including the Outer Limits, was certainly memorable. The Alien Run trail system gets its name because supposedly on March 25, 1948 a UFO crashed on this piece of high desert ground near Aztec, NM. The official site of the crash is marked by a plaque. The trail is made up of 3 separate loops, each one slightly more difficult. This includes the Outer limits, a 9 mile section made up of challenging terrain with ups and downs, twists and turns. Alien Run is a great ride for early and late season tours.
The 2021 tour season is getting under way. Spring has sprung and DMBT is up and running offering tours to early season hot spots such as Alien Run and the Glade Area Recreation Area which includes the famous Road Apple Course near Aztec, New Mexico. Another early spring option is the ever popular Phil’s World trail system thirty minutes west of Durango near Cortez, Colorado. The past weekend was perfect weather and trail conditions for some high desert riding.
We can all agree 2020 was like no other year. When the spread of COVID-19 created a global pandemic unseen in over 100 years, we all understood life as we’ve know it was going to change. After the initial two month lockdown and quarantine period in Colorado, tourism in our small mountain town of Durango saw quite a surge. People wanted to get away from the major cities like Denver, Dallas and Phoenix and experience the outdoors and fresh mountain air. While practicing all COVID protocols including masks, social distancing, and increased disinfecting, DMBT saw a substantial steady stream of clients. The season started off May 29 with Ray Bell from Austin and ended October 29 with Matt Kane. In between there were many individuals, couples, groups of friends, and families. A lot of families and kids! We were just so stoked that our trails were still open and we could share them with everyone.
A special thank you goes out to David and Allyson Howard, owners of Pedal the Peaks. They kept our clients outfitted on top of the line mountain bikes all summer and fall. We could not have done it without them!
We here at Durango Mountain Bike Tours are looking forward to 2021 and another banner year. Perhaps with some more riding options! Fingers crossed. We hope to see you here and are ready to show you “A True Colorado Experience.”
The Onofrio’s from Wichita, KS came out for a ride. The family of four hadn’t done really any mountain biking before, but wanted to have a true Colorado experience. So they called us, and we gave them a proper introduction. It wasn’t until we got back to the shop and shared a cold beverage when Matt and I realized we both were at RFK Stadium July 13, 1989 seeing the Grateful Dead concert. My first show.
Leighan hadn’t been on a bike in a while but she knew when in Durango that’s what you do. She and her fourteen year old twin boys came out for a fun filled three hour adventure. For her it was “just like riding a bike.” It all came back to her. And the boys had a blast on their first real mountain bike ride.
Brian and Debbie Wise came up from Phoenix for a work retreat. Brian has worked for All State insurance for 35 yrs. Originally from Wisconsin, the couple have been married for 37 years. Both had not done much Mountain biking, but were fit and up for a challenge. After our 3 hour tour, the happy couple were definitely talking about purchasing some new bikes.
What better way to break up a drive from Ridgeway, CO to Santa Fe, NM then with a 2 hr tour on Durango Singletrack. That’s what we did with the two brothers from Noblesville, IN. A quick rip through the trails then they were back on the road again.
Ed King that is. Ed came out from Missouri pulling his camper, mountain bike, and BMW touring motorcycle. He posted up at the Alpen Rose campground in the Animas Valley for a week and we rode a couple times. Ed was a blast to hang out with.