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.
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!
A couple friends, Chris and Alex, try and take a trip each year to meet up and ride bikes. This year they chose Durango, and DMBT to show them around. We ended up heading west to ride Phil’s World. It was a great 17 mile ride, complete with Ska beers in the lot after. Looking forward to the next time.
Allen, from Kansas, was looking for an activity with some adventure to it on his last day of vacation in Durango. They had already hiked, rafted, rode horses and shopped. He decided to try mountain biking for him, his daughter, and her friend. They all did great, with his daughter declaring that was the most fun activity they had done on their trip.
Now that the dust has settled on this new year, I thought it a good time to take a look back on 2017, a monumental year for Durango Mountain Bike Tours. The biggest event for the company by far was the addition of Jim Mackay as a business partner, and the formation of DMBT LLC. Jim brings with him a wealth of knowledge in business development, marketing, web design, as well as a passion for biking and the outdoors. Revenue more then doubled in 2017 from 2016.
New permits were acquired, giving us access to guide at Phil’s World in Cortez, Alien Run In Aztec, and The Road Apple in Farmington. ’17 also saw me crack a Trek frame, get a new Santa Cruz, get that bike stolen, then get it back.
We had over 150 clients from 15 different states and 9 different countries. Tours started in March, and went all the way past Thanksgiving. New products were offered like the “No Brainer” and Southwest Single Track Adventures. Many partnerships and contacts were made through the industry with great folks like Gary and the gang at 2nd Ave Sports, Laurel and Bill from Wild Bunch Desert Guides, the Shuttlesmith from Santa Cruz, and Will from Trail Sports in Sedona, to name a few. Riding in amazing places like Moab, Sedona, Santa Cruz, Prescott, Grand Junction, Fruita, and Keystone among other places was a highlight as well.
2018 is looking to be even bigger and better. We’ve already had our first tour of the year (January 5th!), are forming some new incredible partnerships, looking to gain more permits and trail access, while building up our gang of amazing knowledgeable bike guides. Check out some of the happy faces and friends we made this past year.
Here we go 2018, Let’s Ride!
With the mild winter we’ve been having here in Durango and the southwest, the bikes are still out and shredding trails. Not only are we riding Phil’s and Alien, all the trails in town are still dry and in great shape. January 5th we already had our first tour of 2018 go out! Here’s a few pics from the last few weeks.
One of our favorite fall riding spots is Sand Canyon. It is part of Canyons of The Ancients National Monument, a 176,000 acres area protecting an archaeologically-significant landscape located about an hour west of Durango. It is a popular biking and hiking area with close access to many cliff dwellings. This trip was a few weeks ago with Jim Mackay and Walt Brown.