Spring Break in Moab

Hazed, Infused, and Bikes

Hazed, Infused, and Bikes

Got to spend some much needed time camping, riding, and hiking with the family in Moab for the boys spring break.

Desert Riding

Nothing quite like riding red rocks

Desert Riding
Slick Rock Trail

Slick Rock Trail

Every time I go to Moab I have to ride Slick Rock Trail. 13 miles of steep ups and downs with 360 degree spectacular views.

Trek Hi Fi Plus 29

My Bike

Trek Hi Fi Plus 29
My Family

My Family

We all took a nice ride down Sand Flats Rd

Riders on the Storm

Caught this pic of four riders coming over the rocks with some sweet clouds.

Riders on the Storm
Colorado River

Colorado River

Great views of the Colorado River from Slick Rock. Find the riders in this pic.

Park Avenue Trail

Its not always about the bikes when we go to Moab. We had some great hikes through Arches National Park. Here is a pic from the Park Avenue Trail.

Park Avenue Trail
Laxin in the Desert

Laxin in the Desert

The boys and I like to lax it up when we hike. Here we are next to Double Arch with our Lacrosse sticks.

Delicate Arch

The whole family under Delicate Arch. One of the most iconic images of Utah

Delicate Arch
Hike to the Arch

Hike to the Arch

A Nice little hike to get to Delicate Arch. Here is Cullen walking towards it.

Family

My boys are growing up so fast it blows my mind. Being able to spend time with them and my wife on trips in nature is one of the greatest things on earth!

Family
Under the Arch

Under the Arch

What can I say?

Love of My Life

This June will be exactly 20 years since me and this lovely lady packed up the 1980 Chevette with 2 bikes, 2 sleeping bags, $1500 cash and never looked back. Durango is such an amazing place and I could not fathom living any where else or without this beauty.

Love of My Life

Canyons of the Ancient

Into the Canyons

Into the Canyons

Here are some pics from another trip to Sand Canyon with my bud Walt. These were taken at the end of November. Back when it was warm. It is -5 degrees now in Durango. I’ll be throwing up some snowboarding photos soon.

Sleeping Ute

Sleeping Ute Mountain in the background

Sleeping Ute
Slick Rock

Slick Rock

Sweet section, reminds me of Moab

Awesome Rock Formations

My Trek Hi Fi plus 29

Awesome Rock Formations
Ancient Cliff Dwellings

Ancient Cliff Dwellings

Selfie with ancient ruins behind me

Single Track

This needs to be on every Mt Bikers bucket list.

Single Track
More Rocks and Trails

More Rocks and Trails

The views never get old here no mater how many times I ride it!

Scenic Trail

check out this piece of singe track hugging the rock formation and canyon wall.

Scenic Trail
Great day for a Bike Ride!

Great day for a Bike Ride!

Everyday is a Great Day for a Bike Ride!

Bombing Downhill

Thats me bringing it on home.

Bombing Downhill
Sunset over Sleeping Ute

Sunset over Sleeping Ute

Great way to finish up the ride

Great way to finish up the ride
Chillin on the Rock

Chillin on the Rock

Canyon of the Ancients

Canyon of the Ancients

Canyon of the Ancients

West of Cortez, about 45 minutes from Durango, is Canyon of the Ancients. This location was fairly recently given National Monument status.

Ancient Ruins

There are about 25-30 miles of trails open to hikers, bikers and horses. The trails wind through scenic sand stone and are littered with ancient ruins.

Ancient Ruins
Taking in the Sights

Taking in the Sights

Spectacular views abound.

The Canyon below

The Canyon below
History around every corner

History around every corner

Better than Mesa Verde

This place gets less exposure than Mesa Verde, located 20 minutes down the road, and is less crowded with a higher concentration of ruins.

Better than Mesa Verde
Peeking out

Peeking out

Hard to keep your eyes on the trail

Hard to keep your eyes on the trail
Mr. and Mrs. Robinette

Mr. and Mrs. Robinette

My wife is my best riding partner!

Nice rolling trails

Nice rolling trails
More scenery

More scenery

What an awesome day

It has been unseasonably warm this fall and going into winter. We rode this in late November and were still in shorts.

What an awesome day

Purgatory

Twilight Peaks

Twilight Peaks

The winter season at Purgatory, AKA Durango Mountain Resort, started out slow. A very warm fall and lack of snow delayed the opening until the day after Thanksgiving. When they did open, we had one run off of an old lift halfway up the mountain on man made snow. I'm happy to say we have gotten a few good storms and things up on the hill are looking much better, as you will see.

Early season

Too much brown. Although the warm weather was great for pulling the "Durango Double." Ride snow in the morning and ride bikes in the afternoon.

Early season
Jibber

Jibber

Lack of pow forced us to jib on some rails

Railfest

Cullen with a little air off the box

Railfest
Sliding

Sliding

More jibbin

Demon

Everyone funnels through Demon

Demon
Tracy Ridin

Tracy Ridin

Pretty sad

well, atleast we are riding. This is better than nothing. Its only a matter of time before Mother Nature takes are of us.

Pretty sad
Durango Double

Durango Double

These were taken about 4 hours apart. Cullen and I on the lift about 10am, then me on my bike along the Rim Trail. Pretty sure I was riding my bike in shorts.

FINALLY!

Yes, a storm delivering sweet POW!

FINALLY!
POWDER

POWDER

Riding in fresh snow is awesome! Nothing like it.

Keep it coming

We got 30 inches over about 3 days. Nothing epic, but enough to make things nice and white and to open more terrain and lifts. YES!

Keep it coming
After the storm, Blue Skys

After the storm, Blue Skys

Colorado is famous for big dumps moving in dumping snow, then moving out and having sunny, bluebird skys. The temps this day were right around 0 degrees, so the snow was super fluffy.

Twilight Peaks

Finally can see the peaks covered with white. Not all brown. Look at hat groomed corduroy

Twilight Peaks
Super Stoked

Super Stoked

Stoked to be shredding

Bundled up

It was freezing, but as long as you dress in layers, you'll be allright

Bundled up
Panoramic

Panoramic

Just discovered my I Phone can take panoramic photos. Here is one about halfway down the mountain.

Durango

Here is Durango in full panoramic view. Fort Lewis College to the left, sweeping around to the Lions Den on the far right.

Durango

Sedona Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is an oasis in the desert. Sitting at an elevation of about 5,000 feet above sea level, and surrounded by miles and miles of single track trails with scenic red rock vistas throughout, it is a must ride for any mt biker.

Camping Site

Here are my boys along the Oak Creek. This is right behind our camp site in the Manzaneta campground, located about 4 miles north of Sedona.

Camping Site
Bell Rock Pathway

Bell Rock Pathway

Here are the boys ready to ride. We didn't have a lot of time, and were looking for a pretty easy ride, so on my friend Matt's recommendation we rode the Bell Rock Pathway.

Bell Rock

The BRP is a very popular hiking and biking trail. It starts as a wide trail as you can see here, then tapers into single track. Ahead is the trails name sake, Bell Rock.

Bell Rock
Red Rock

Red Rock

Of course the boys forgot their helmets. Good thing the trail was relatively flat and not very technical. Perfect for beginners.

Me and the Boy

There are tons of trails that shoot off of Bell Rock such as the Llama trail, and many more. I definately will be back again to explore them.

Me and the Boy
Town of Oak Creek

Town of Oak Creek

The BRP is just North of the Town of Oak Creek, which is just south of Sedona.

Riding in the Desert

We rode Oct 21 and the temperature was perfect. About 70 degrees and sunny.

Riding in the Desert
Bell Rock

Bell Rock

Scenic views from everywhere

Awesome Riding

Awesome Riding
Bell Rock

Bell Rock

Sedona

Sedona
Bell Rock

Bell Rock

My son took this pic of me…

Bell Rock

…and this one

Bell Rock
Sun set on the cliffs

Sun set on the cliffs

Golf in Phoenix

We made it to Phoenix and were able to get a round of golf in as well.

Golf in Phoenix
Grip it and Rip It

Grip it and Rip It

Kyle letting it fly in Phoenix.

More Fall Riding

Gudy's Rest

Gudy's Rest

Looking out on the Colorado Trail from Gudy's Rest.

The Intersection of Dry Fork and Colorado Trail

The Intersection of Dry Fork and Colorado Trail
Cliff Rock Loop

Cliff Rock Loop

Fall riding in Durango

Fall riding in Durango
Cliff Rock

Cliff Rock

Twin Buttes

Twin Buttes

Fall Riding

Dry Fork

Dry Fork

The start (or end) of Dry Fork Trail from Lightner Creek Rd.

Colorado Trail

Section of the CT past the Dry Fork/CT intersection.

Colorado Trail
Trail lined by aspen leaves

Trail lined by aspen leaves

Singletrack through the trees

Singletrack through the trees
High Point

High Point

a high point on the Colorado Trail. Looking east towards Durango with Raider Ridge in the distance.

Fall riding is awesome!

Fall riding is awesome!
My Town!

My Town!

Durango as seen from the Rim Trail

Rim Trail

Looking north towards Animas Mountain

Rim Trail
Carbon Junction Trail

Carbon Junction Trail

More from the Colorado Trail

More from the Colorado Trail
Colorado Trail

Colorado Trail

Dry Fork and CT intersection.

This point is about 4 miles from the lightner Creek/Dry Fork side.

Dry Fork and CT intersection.

Grand Junction – Lunch Loops

Lunch Loops

Lunch Loops

Pet-E-Kes trail, part of the Lunch Loops trail network in Grand Junction, CO

Eagles Wing

High desert riding at its finest

Eagles Wing
Eagles Wing

Eagles Wing

Looking north with the town of Grand Junction in the distance

Colorado Plateau

Looking west towards the Colorado Monument

Colorado Plateau
Colorado Plateau

Colorado Plateau

Looking northwest

Grand Junction

ready for the decent towards Holy Cross

Grand Junction
Holy Cross

Holy Cross

A sign at the start of Holy Cross says it all. A very technical and challenging trail similar to Raider Ridge in Durango

Holy Buckets

at the end of Holy Cross is Holy Buckets. A "blue" trail to use ski terminology.

Holy Buckets
Clunker

Clunker

Working my way back to the parking lot. Lunch Loops is a great set of trails very cose to town. Perfect if you only have a short amount of time and want to get a good challenging ride in.

Phil’s World

Phils World

Phils World

Located about 40 minutes from Durango, Phils World is a trail netwrok specifically designed by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. It consists of 25 miles or so of smooth rolling trails with minimum climbing.

On the Ledge

High desert riding throughout some canyons and along some ledges.

On the Ledge
Taking a Break

Taking a Break

Some locals artwork with Gabe chillin in the background.

Sleeping Ute Mountain

Cortez sits on the edge of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and is minutes from the entrance to Mesa Verde Naional Park. The Sleeping Ute Mountain, a very spiritual lanmark to the Ute Indians, can be seen in the distance from this trail, Sean's Overlook.

Sleeping Ute Mountain
Lizard Lick Towing

Lizard Lick Towing

A lizard checking out the scene

Rounding the corner

Gabe making the turn

Rounding the corner
Riding the Rocks

Riding the Rocks

Yours truly riding one of the few technical sections