Surprise Mountain Bike Destinations to Try This Winter

The arrival of Winter doesn't have to signal an end to your mountain biking. There are plenty of locations where the cooler months are the ideal time to get out there. And to avoid crowds of the more popular locations, check out these lesser-known spots for great terrain and miles of trails.

Phoenix/Tucson, AZ

Cactus desertTemperatures in Spring and Summer can get up into the hundreds, restricting when you can get out there to explore. But winter temps average in the mid-60's, making this an ideal location for winter mountain biking. 

According to BikePacking.Com, the Black Canyon Trail "is a long descent through a spectacular swath of the Sonoran Desert. This 67 mile, uninterrupted single track trail is a winter time must do for any bikepacking enthusiast."

The BCT offers biking options for nearly every level of rider and can be broken down into day-long sections. 

If it's a bigger challenge you seek, the South Mountain Park/Preserve is one of the largest municipally managed parks in the nation spanning more than 16,000 acres and consisting of three mountain ranges. 

Brevard, NC

 Listed among National Geographic's 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns, the nearly 1,000 miles of trails in and around Brevard have been called "America's best kept secret," by Bike magazine. This small town offers tons of local charm, great barbecue, and bike shops that serve coffee and beer.

At the entrance of Pisgah National Forest lies The Bike Farm, "a 440-acre biketopia of glamping, guide and coaching services, a trail network, and a skills park," according to National Geographic.

Recommended Gear

Whether you'll be glamping at The Bike Farm or roughing the Sonoran Desert on the BCT, our Premium Rugged Cooler (available in 25, 40, or 75 quart sizes) will keep your provisions and refreshments fresh

Hang our Ultimate Wireless Waterproof Outdoor Lantern inside your tent or set it on the picnic table as you recover from your day on the trail.