Every day at Mountain Bike Specialists we hear from another visitor how glad they are to have chosen Durango as their destination for mountain biking! John Glover of MBS stated what he hears most often is guests love the trails, the "feel" of the town, and restaurants, but most of all the trails!
Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate your way more quickly, reduce the time wondering what to do when you arrive, and get started on your adventure:
- Order maps and guide books in advance. A little "leg work" before you arrive can put you on the absolute right path (trail) as soon as you arrive.
- Install the MTB Project app on your smartphone. It’s free and offers complete maps, difficulty ratings, and directions to all area trails, along with plenty of user reviews. Remember to download the maps ahead of time so you can access when out of cell phone range. The MTB Project website is another great resource to research the area before you arrive.
- Always keep in mind, the weather of the Southwest is mostly gorgeous but can change quickly. Be prepared with clothing for a variety of conditions.
- Get going EARLY in the AM to avoid an unexpected "overnighter"!
- Durango has more restaurants and breweries per capita than San Francisco! So be prepared to gain a pound or two while you are here.
- Durango has embraced bike culture so you should be able to find what you need at several bike shops, but also feel right at home with all the active riders in the community.
Learn about Durango’s local trails organization too: Trails 2000. If you are motivated you could thank them with a donation of any size. You'll see how hard this group works while you are exploring the area on network trails they maintain, which literally blanket the surrounding mountains. Enjoy!
National Geographic recently put us on a list for top mountain biking destinations. Check it out here. America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns