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Old 11-30-04, 12:20 PM   #1
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Winter Mountain Bike Trip

I'm trying to plan a winter mountain bike trip, probably around mid-January. Any ideas on the best location/time/trails? Initially I thought of Arizona or Southern California because of the weather, but I guess even SoCal gets rain in the winter. What are my best state-side options for good, warm weather mountain biking in the winter?
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Old 11-30-04, 12:39 PM   #2
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I'm going to Australia in January!!! But I would recommend New Mexico myself. I think its a lot prettier than Arizona and tends to be a little less touristy/old people infested.
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I'm pretty sure Sedona, AZ is the best for the winter.
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I'm pretty sure Sedona, AZ is the best for the winter.
Phoenix has warmer temps and more technical riding.
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New Mexico sucks in the winter, don't come here

I just about got frostbite on my hands on a 1.5 hour ride - never ride without gloves when it's sub-freezing out :/

If you don't mind cold, the scenery is really lovely with snow, but it tends to rain a lot.

Go to Phoenix or surrounding area, nice and warm there
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Go to Alaska.

Ok, not really, go to Australia.
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AZ is a great place in the winter. Phx and Tucson will both be pretty warm and dry. Sedona can get snow in the winter, so it might not be the best place. In the Phx area ride Trail 100, the McDowell Mtns (both the competitive loops and the Pemberton Trails are must ride trails), Pima and Dynamite's "100 miles of single track", the White Tanks, and the Estrella Mtns. The McDowell Mtns, White Tanks, and Estrella (Es-tray-ya) Mtns have "competitive loops". These trails are one way, built by mtn bikers with mtn bikers in mind, and the yeild rules are "slower yields to faster". They are all a blast (McD's are my favorite). I'll be spending about 10 days in Phx over Christmas time and I plan to ride all those trials. If you go just get ready for some rocks. They have a lot of them down there. Of course going to AZ in January means you'll miss out on some excellent riding in the state. You'll have to come back in the spring/early summer to ride in Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, the White Mtns, Payson... the list goes on. There is just a ton of great riding all over AZ.
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I'd kill to ride around my hometown back in MN. Especially in late January.
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AZ is a great place in the winter. Phx and Tucson will both be pretty warm and dry. Sedona can get snow in the winter, so it might not be the best place. In the Phx area ride Trail 100, the McDowell Mtns (both the competitive loops and the Pemberton Trails are must ride trails), Pima and Dynamite's "100 miles of single track", the White Tanks, and the Estrella Mtns. The McDowell Mtns, White Tanks, and Estrella (Es-tray-ya) Mtns have "competitive loops". These trails are one way, built by mtn bikers with mtn bikers in mind, and the yeild rules are "slower yields to faster". They are all a blast (McD's are my favorite).
...you left off the best riding in the Phoenix area, South Mountain.
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Old 12-02-04, 09:34 AM   #11
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Southern Utah, clear down close to Arizona. The terrain is almost like Moab and stuff, and the temperature is perfect. St. George is a good place to stay.
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