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    Suggestions for a spring trip

    A buddy and I are trying to piece together a mountain biking / road biking (if needed) / camping / brewery tour here in the Rocky Mountain west. I'm in Missoula, MT, he is in Fort Collins, CO ...... any must do rides near breweries?

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    Moab has great riding, a brewpub, and can be ridden in the spring.
    Park City has both as well, but also has snow in the spring.
    Fruita, CO, also has good riding, but I'm not sure of their brewery status - Grand Junction must have something.
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    Vegas Baby (and Bootleg)!

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    I would suggest waiting until Late May & take a trip to Bend... Otherwise, if you really need to go in March/April, Gooseberry Mesa?? Also, not sure on the beer there..

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    when is "spring" on your schedule?

    for beer....in the rocky mountain west..you're there - in montana.

    but, spring is late there (for riding that is)

    my wife and i are planning to drive south....really south around presidents weekend.

    vegas and then on to arizona...maybe head back up through hurricane/st. george on the home.

    bring the snow toys...and ski at brian head and/or salt lake..

    it will feel good to wear shorts, hopefully flip flops, and soak up some sun in the middle of feb..

    so, we're looking for ideas in arizona - for camping and riding...

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    A friend in Fort Collins just sent me this- http://www.beerdrinkersguidetocolorado.com/beermap.html. Maybe there's an Arizona version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayndar
    A friend in Fort Collins just sent me this- http://www.beerdrinkersguidetocolorado.com/beermap.html. Maybe there's an Arizona version?
    Our time frame is actually quite flexible, so we may indeed push it back a little later in the spring. Thanks for the brew map link, that is awesome! Lots of good places to drink beer in CO! I'm actually headed to Denver for work this week as it turns out.

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    Fruita Camp, then Festival

    I am planning on a late April trip to Fruita. I am going to the Betterride clinic April 23-25, bike around the area (Moab, Grand Junction) for a week, then finish it off with the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, April 29th through May 2nd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullet3
    I am planning on a late April trip to Fruita. I am going to the Betterride clinic April 23-25, bike around the area (Moab, Grand Junction) for a week, then finish it off with the Fruita Fat Tire Festival, April 29th through May 2nd.
    Avoid the Fruita Fat Tire Fest unless you enjoy bumper-to-bumper trails, excessive parking lot posturing and a bike shop with an attitude. In fact, avoid Fruita altogather, it's not all that really. There's better stuff off the beaten track. Serious.
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    I've been kooked up in the Middle East for too long now, so I'm also looking for a good party! If it sucks I can always leave. Moab is just over the hill.
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    I'm also looking for suggestions for a Dad-Sons trip I am planning for 3/26 - 4/4. My boys are 13 and 10 and not real strong riders yet, so I want to make it a trip of riding, day hiking & exploring, possibly fishing and maybe some target plinking, etc. I am thinking about St. George and Zion area - have never camped there and wondering what the weather is typically like this time of year. Any other suggestions for other fun stuff to do?

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    Sedona baby Sedona, great in the spring time, and if go over to the west to Cottonwood
    you can fish. and probably plink. My daughter rode several of the Sedona trails when
    she was 12. Your boys will enjoy the stuff around Bell Rock and Cathedral rock.
    you may have to dismount for some of it, but overall it would be a great epic ride for
    your kids.

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    Thanks Mitch I'll highly consider that as a destination.

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    Palisade CO, just east of Grand Junction, has a brewery and micro-distillery that share the same parking lot.

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    we'll be pulling through sedona in a few weeks..

    hoping for good/warm/dry weather.

    is it worth driving the extra distance down to phx area?

    also, we're hiking down/spending one night in the grand canyon. hopefully it won't be too icey at the top..

    mitch...i may be hitting you up with trail suggestions in sedona...my wife doesn't do the techy stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombin4X
    I'm also looking for suggestions for a Dad-Sons trip I am planning for 3/26 - 4/4. My boys are 13 and 10 and not real strong riders yet, so I want to make it a trip of riding, day hiking & exploring, possibly fishing and maybe some target plinking, etc. I am thinking about St. George and Zion area - have never camped there and wondering what the weather is typically like this time of year. Any other suggestions for other fun stuff to do?

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    St.George has quite a few great trails nearby and is usually warmer the Moab. I only had a few days on the trails but everything I rode was doable by kids that age- gooseberry mesa, stucki springs, and one that you get to by riding under I-15 through a corrugated metal pipe with some kind of tortoise preserve. I didn't hit JEM or Little Creek Mesa. My mantra when riding with kids is to take your time, stop and have a snack, take it slow and keep it fun for them. There's a great swimming pool community center too if the weather's bad.

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    Here's an ongoing Sedona thread that may be informative/interesting:
    A little Sedona stoke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayndar
    St.George has quite a few great trails nearby and is usually warmer the Moab. I only had a few days on the trails but everything I rode was doable by kids that age- gooseberry mesa, stucki springs, and one that you get to by riding under I-15 through a corrugated metal pipe with some kind of tortoise preserve. I didn't hit JEM or Little Creek Mesa. My mantra when riding with kids is to take your time, stop and have a snack, take it slow and keep it fun for them. There's a great swimming pool community center too if the weather's bad.
    Excellent, thanks.

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    In Sedona your pedaling is powered by the energies of crystals, drumming circles, herbal healing and medicine wheels. I once saw an old lady wearing a gold suit and hawking butter from the soul of the earth there. All sparkly n shiz. Freaky.

    http://www.lovesedona.com/01.htm

    St. George is nice if you like suburban sprawl.

    Consider yourself edified.
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    I'm definitely going to Sedona then... I'm sick and tired of having to spend my own energy to go uphill!!!
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    Speaking of the Moab Fruita area. I also came across this website recently: http://www.altitudecycle.com/. I can't vouch for the bike shop, but they have good pictures and reviews of trails in Vernal. Might be worth checking out if you are going that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garnetspur
    we'll be pulling through sedona in a few weeks..

    hoping for good/warm/dry weather.

    is it worth driving the extra distance down to phx area?

    also, we're hiking down/spending one night in the grand canyon. hopefully it won't be too icey at the top..

    mitch...i may be hitting you up with trail suggestions in sedona...my wife doesn't do the techy stuff.
    it's either sedona or phoenix next weekend..

    depending on weather.

    right now, sedona highs are 55, phx is 71. so, phx gets the nod at this point.

    maybe sedona on our way to the grand canyon....

    doing an over-nighter there...then, back to boise..

    trail suggestions in either sedona or phx anyone?

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    I've never ridden either of them, but I've spent a day in Sedona, and It's one of the mos beautiful places I've ever seen. I'd do it just for the scenery, but I'd bet there's some great trails there. I haven't heard of anything that great in Phoenix.
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    Phoenix is worth the trip

    Quote Originally Posted by garnetspur
    we'll be pulling through sedona in a few weeks..

    hoping for good/warm/dry weather.

    is it worth driving the extra distance down to phx area?

    also, we're hiking down/spending one night in the grand canyon. hopefully it won't be too icey at the top..

    mitch...i may be hitting you up with trail suggestions in sedona...my wife doesn't do the techy stuff.
    GS,

    I just returned from a couple months down in Phoenix and have been spending most of the winter in the area for the past four years. To answer your question, yes, PHX is well worth the trip. Here is a trip report I posted some years ago: Arizona Trip Report

    Not sure how much time you have but I recommend staging out of McDowell Mountain Park if you're camping, it's affordable at around $22 a night and they have showers and flush toilets. The trails right outside camp are pretty buff and not very technical but they're fast and a good cardio. There is a competitive loop in the park and also super fun and more of a challenge. You mentioned your wife isn't into technical, so the trails around McDowell would be right up here alley. The McDowell mountains to the west of the park have many new trails, a visit to the Arizona MTBR forum would be a good place to look for beta.

    The Usery Mountain Park, North Mountain and South Mountain are other good riding options.

    As far as Sedona, I'd be surprised if it is rideable this time of year. I think a better route is to go via SLC - Vegas - Kingman - Phoenix for two reasons: First, I-17 around Flagstaff can close due to snow and it can be sketchy driving during the winter. A route through Vegas-Kingman "should" avoid the snow and will definitely avoid high elevations. Second, Vegas is a good mid-point stop and there is some riding there at Red Rock Canyon State Park. St George is also a good place for a midway stop.

    Finally, don't leave any valuables in your car at the trailheads. Vehicle break-ins are a problem at some of the more remote sites. We, and several others found out the hard way. The thieves aren't afraid to bust windows.

    Enjoy. I wish I were still down there. You can't beat the sunny skies and balmy weather of Phoenix in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bong_Crosby
    GS,

    I just returned from a couple months down in Phoenix and have been spending most of the winter in the area for the past four years. To answer your question, yes, PHX is well worth the trip. Here is a trip report I posted some years ago:

    Enjoy. I wish I were still down there. You can't beat the sunny skies and balmy weather of Phoenix in the winter.
    thanks Bong...

    the temps look nice in the PHX area - vs. the sedona area. in fact, it's almost as warm in boise as it will be in sedona this weekend.

    your post here makes me feel good about making the drive.

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