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.
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.
The July rains have begun and we finally got the 416 Fire under control. The Colorado Trail has reopened and we have been hitting up the high country rides. Last weekend we rode from the top of Molas pass on the CT over Rolling Pass, to White Creek, Engine Creek, Cascade Creek Trails. 25 miles, 3,000 feet climbing and about 5,000 feet of downhill.
I was stoked to finally ride the Monarch Crest Trail. Listed as one of the top five rides in Colorado, this trail did not disappoint. I started in Poncha Springs, using High Valley Bike Shuttle to get me to the top of Monarch Pass. From there I rode Monarch Crest to Silver Creek finishing on Rainbow Trail. All told 38 miles, 2,600 feet elevation gained and close to 6,000 feet descended. An epic ride for sure!
Was in Telluride July 1, first day the Prospect Trail was opened for the summer. Rode the gondola up to start the ride, finishing with some great downhill flow. Was even greeted with bacon and grilled cheese at the top by the San Miguel Bike Alliance.
It’s not often I skip the uphill ride and shuttle to the top. But sometimes it just has to be done. That was the case last weekend when my buddy Drew, aka @elementelectric, came to town. We shuttled Pass Trail-Engineer Mountain AND Haflin Creek Trail dame day. Only about 15 miles total of riding, but we dropped close to 5,000 vertical feet and rode two epic downhills.
Drove Gene and his son Gavin the 25 miles south to experience the amazing Alien Run Trail. This is high desert riding at its finest. Located just south of Aztec, New Mexico, rumor has it that an alien space craft crashed at this site. I have to say that the three single track loops you can take are out of this world! The boys handled the 6 mile beginner loop like champs
Had a great time taking Ezra, from East Tennessee, up and over Telegraph. A elementary school teacher, he was on a 4 week vacation with his family through the west. He made sure to carve out some time to hit the renowned Durango single track!