Guidebook

An Easy Introduction to Mountain Biking in Las Vegas

Pedal down Vegas's flowiest trails.

Greg Heil

Description

While the desert outside of Las Vegas may seem like a brutal, unforgiving landscape filled with mountains of sharp rocks, if you choose the right trail, you'll be treated to a delightful mountain bike experience devoid of technical difficulty. Certain trails offer a smooth, sandy trail tread that swoops through the mellow arroyos of the desert, bobbing and weaving up and over small hillsides. The kinesthetic swoop and flow of these trails is guaranteed to put a grin on your face!

Arguably the easiest loop in the region is the Mustang Loop. At just 3.8 miles and with 380 feet of climbing, this bite-sized ride is a perfect introduction to Las Vegas mountain biking! For a little more mileage from the same trailhead, the Dead Horse -> 3 Mile Smile Loop offers 14 miles of swooping singletrack through the desert.

For another quick ride close to town, the 5.5-mile jaunt on Step Mom, Your Mom, and Alice provides a fantastic flowy mountain bike experience! And to guarantee that you leave with a grin on your face, try out the nearby Perma Grin Loop.

Finally, for a longer cross country-style jaunt but with almost no technical challenge, head to the McCullough Hills on the southern edge of the metro area.

Mustang Loop
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Mustang Loop

6.1 km
115 m
116 m
A flowy beginner-friendly loop through a beautiful section of the desert.
Easy
Private
Quick Ride: Step Mom -> Your Mom -> Alice
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Quick Ride: Step Mom -> Your Mom -> Alice

8.8 km
127 m
127 m
Take Your Mom and Step Mom for a quick ride.
Moderate
Private
McCullough Hills: 701 Loop
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McCullough Hills: 701 Loop

22.7 km
447 m
446 m
An endless maze of flowy singletrack.
Easy
Private
Dead Horse -> 3 Mile Smile Loop
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Dead Horse -> 3 Mile Smile Loop

23.1 km
506 m
507 m
A beautiful, smooth XC pedal deep in the hills.
Moderate
Private
Bear's Best: Perma Grin Figure-8
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Bear's Best: Perma Grin Figure-8

15.8 km
259 m
259 m
Fantastic swoop and flow in the desert outside of Las Vegas.
Difficult
Private