Mountain Biking: Best 10 Bucket List Trails

Know what you need more of in your summer? Mountain biking. So, here are ten of our favorite mountain biking trails.

South Boundary, Taos, New Mexico

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Distance: 20.8 miles
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Endurance: 5 out of 10 (more without a shuttle)

This mountain epic plunges from open-meadow, elk country at 10,700 feet in the Sangre de Cristo range of Northeastern New Mexico down to the scrub oaks and piñon pines some 3,500 feet below in Taos. The majority of the riding is on tight, loamy, root-filled single track through dark timbers and stands of light-post size aspens, though the last five miles is a precipitous, rocky plunge on loose red rock.

Logistics: If you ride it as a shuttle, the most popular option, the day starts with a sharp, two-mile climb from the Angel Fire valley. Really Fun Adventures, in Taos, offers shuttle services.

Doctor Park, Almont, Colorado

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Distance: 9.6 miles
Technical Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Endurance: 7 out of 10

Though the epic riding in Crested Butte, 20 miles up the road, often overshadows this outlier, Doctor Park holds its own against classics such as the 401, 403, and Teocali Ridge. After a grunt of a two-track climb to 10,900 feet, on the flank of Manganese Mountain, the ride turns to blessedly narrow, ingeniously constructed single track that slams 2,600 feet down to the Taylor River. It comes in three distinct parts: a top section through thick pines and sharp root drops, a flowing middle on buffed-out smooth, and a rugged bottom that picks through fangs of rock.

Logistics: You can shuttle up Forest Road 744, but full value is to park at Taylor Canyon Campground, on the road east of Almont, and make a 19-mile loop of it. For maps and support, Rock ‘N’ Roll Sports is 10 miles south in Gunnison.

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