Best Mountain Bike Trails

By Dom Nozzi

The mountain bike trails found on this list are the best-ever trails I have ever biked.

Criteria for this ranking:

• Technically challenging

• Lots of high-speed sections

• Lots of ups, downs, ski slalom-like turns

• Scenic

• Several trails in the vicinity with a range of skill levels

Best-Ever Mountain Bike Trails

401 Trail in Crested Butte, Colorado401 Trail18 Crested Butte July 2012

Snodgrass Trail in Crested Butte, Colorado

Betasso Trail west of Boulder, Colorado

Slickrock Trail, Moab, Utah

Intrepid Trail, the Great Pyramid Loop, and the Big Chief Loop at Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Lazy Trail, Moab, Utah

EZ Trail, Moab, Utah

Circle O Trail, Moab, Utah

Deadman’s Ridge Trail, Moab, Utah

Rustler’s Loop, Mary’s Loop, Wrangler’s Loop at Fruita, Colorado

West Magnolia Trail system near Nederland, Colorado

Schoolbus Trail (including the Hobbit 2 and Hobbit 1 trails), and the “Re-Root” trail near Nederland, Colorado

Barbara Whipple mountain bike trails near Buena Vista, Colorado

Ridgeline Trail, Dupont State Forest, North Carolina

Hesitation Trail and Aynes Loop in Browns County State Park, Indiana

Cellon Trail and Tung Nut Trail in San Felasco State Park, Florida

Camp Murphy trails in Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Florida

Markham Park trails in Broward County, Florida

Switzerland Trail near Gold Hill, Colorado

Walker Ranch Trail, Colorado

Cumberland Island loop trail, Georgia

Snake Trail at the Santos trail system near Ocala, Florida (also known as the “Barge Canal” trail system)

Termite Trail, Canopy Trail, Speedway Trail, Yellow Trail, Sink Hole Trail, Dr. Ruth’s Trail, and Ant Hill Trail at Santos

Antelope Trail and Nelson Loop at Hall Ranch in Colorado

Heil Valley Ranch trails near Boulder, Colorado

Big Shoals State Park, Suwannee River trail system near White Springs, Florida


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


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Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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