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 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.
Had a blast showing Jason, Rachel, and their daughter Katie, from the suburbs of Houston, TX, around Durango on our Town & Trails Tour. This trip was also special as my wife Tracy was guiding with me, and she was awesome. In total we covered 15 miles, 1,300 feet elevation gain in 3 hours. I was so impressed with the family seeing that 2 of the 3 has never been Mountain biking. They were already talking about “the next time.” Thanks once again to our friends at Second Ave Sports for the killer bikes!
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!
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!
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!