Deservingly so, mountain bikers regularly flock to Sedona, Arizona. Well known as a mountain biking playground, there is no denying the allure of the famous red dirt and stunning mesas. Include me among the many that will always jump at the chance to ride the area.
But, those in the know are well aware of the awesome, but less known trails overlooking the nearby town of Cottonwood. Offering a slightly different riding experience, Cottonwood doesn’t bring the vast scale of trail networks one will find in neighboring Sedona, but don’t let that fool you. I’ve been riding here the past few days and have been pleasantly surprised with the variety of riding conditions, lack of crowds, and immediate access from the Dead Horse Ranch State Park campsites.
A common understanding amongst bike enthusiasts, this simple math equation holds true as gospel for many who ride.
Mathematically, I’m increasingly convinced I would be well-served adding a proper gravel bike as a companion to my current mountain bike. Doing so will allow me to better explore and venture deeper into forest roads.
Today I finally had a chance to get outside and play in the forest over at the local #firemountaintrailsystem. Conveniently located a few minutes from our national park campground, the newly completed bike trail network is decently sized and loads of fun, although not particularly technical.
The thick, lush tree canopy high above ensures the area is wet, green, and beautiful. The air is cool, but not cold. Countless varieties of wild mushrooms grow uninhibited. There is a surreal, almost magical feeling out here.
The trails are slick and technical; the descents sketchy.
Damn, it is good to be out of the city and in the woods rolling on two wheels.