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    For the Visitors: Las Vegas Area Trail Info

    This is the beginning of a new sticky. It is intended to provide trail information to visitors so that they can maximize their enjoyment of the the great trail systems around Las Vegas. Feel free to add/ask anything.

    For starters, we have three primary trail systems just outside of the Las Vegas Valley.

    Cottonwood is a cross country style riding area and has everything from beginner to advanced and any combination of the two. It is located west of town off of highway 160. Here is a link to the MTBR reviews of the area.

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...1_4562crx.aspx

    Many people park at a bike shop in the little town of Blue Diamond and access the trails from there. Here is a link to their web site.

    http://mcghies.com/page.cfm?pageId=293

    Cowboy Trails are a technical/advanced cross country style of riding area. They are located on the west side of town off of highway 159 near the entrance to the Red Rock visitors center, on the east side of the highway. Here is a link to the MTBR reviews of the area.

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...5_4562crx.aspx

    I found this interesting link too

    http://www.mountainbikebill.com/NVCowboyTrails.htm

    Bootleg Canyon offers a variety of trail types from beginner cross country to crazy downhill. It is located just outside of Boulder City Nevada, which is 30 minutes or so east of Las Vegas. Here is a link to the official Bootleg Canyon site.

    http://www.bootlegcanyon.org/

    Here is a link the the MTBR reviews of Bootleg Canyon

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/mountain-...5_6512crx.aspx

    Here is a link to a bike shop near the trail head

    http://www.allmountaincyclery.com/
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    Great job
    I should be out riding....

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    Nice! This was much needed and long overdo!!
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    perfect we needed this!!!

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    very cool, I am coming tomorrow - I'd like to ride but decided not to bring my bike on the plane so if I do I am renting. Shoes and shorts are packed..

    Any "regular" weekly rides?

    Hoping for a good ride followed by a (few) good beer(s)..

    I am staying on the strip BTW

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    Nice map of cottonwood

    Here is a printable map of cottonwood that is well laid out.(thanks Matt.)
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    Printable map of bootleg canyon

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    Thanks for the great info in this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Cool
    Here is a link to a bike shop near the trail head

    http://www.allmountaincyclery.com/
    About to sign up for their Bootleg tour on 3/14 and do some XC riding with some friends. From a quick search of this forum, it sounds like they are reputable. I'll be sure to report back on my experience though.
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    Visiting Vegas...looking for a group ride

    Hey there-
    I'm visiting the strip this week and I'm looking for a group ride anywhere in the area on Thurs, Fri or Sat...Cottonwood or Bootleg Canyon or whatever. Anyone have any good ideas?
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    Good info

    Thanks for those. I like to show my pals out of state where to ride.

    Don't forget the Mt. Charleston trails. During the summer months, those trails are getting busier and it's just not for downhill. Mt. Charleston Cowboy (Twilight?) and the Telegraph trails. Oh, and Bristlecone (this IS for visitors, right?, hey, it's where my then 10 year old started.. he's 12 now and riding Late Night)

    I don't have links/maps for these trails. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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    Anyone around to ride Cottonwood or Cowboy Trails mornings April 1-3?

    Hi,

    I am going to be in Las Vegas April 1-3 for the CTIA show. I don't have to show up until 11AM, so I figure if I can get a ride in before 9:00-9:15AM, that should give me plenty of time to shower, have breakfast, and head over to work. Are there regular rides out of either Cottonwood or Cowboy Trails that start early in the morning on weekdays? I can bring lights if the rides start really early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmilliron
    Thanks for the great info in this thread.

    About to sign up for their Bootleg tour on 3/14 and do some XC riding with some friends. From a quick search of this forum, it sounds like they are reputable. I'll be sure to report back on my experience though.
    Had an absolutely fantastic experience. Highly recommended tour, especially if you're in Vegas without a car. Was out there for the weekend so I just tossed my bike cloths, pedals and shoes into my carry on bag.

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    Although I think that the Bike Outpost probably puts out a good rental rig when needed, you don't want to get your own rig worked on at that shop. The chic working there is nowhere near as competent of a tech as would be expected, let alone what she will tell you about her skills. I would say she knows 1/4 of what she says. Yes, she is quick to tell anyone about her mastery of bike mechanics. She will also let you know her low opinion of your lack of mastery. Let me tell you about my first and only bike fix job with her.
    I took both of my bikes to her for new brake pads and bleeds on all of my lines. First of all, the bill was $300. Whatever. Then she tells me that the pivot pin on one of my Juicy 7 brake levers fell out while she was test riding my bike and that I would have to get new brakes. (of course it was not her fault) She said that NOTHING could be done. New brakes. I of course was very doubtful about this diagnosis so I called a buddy who works in a shop in Colorado and he laughed, and I got a new pivot for free.
    Now here we go into her major ineptitude and why you should never ask her to look at your bike. When I dropped the bikes off, (I was new to hydraulic brakes at the time) I asked her to also bring in my brake contact point on my lever. She showed me the "adjustment" screw and "adjusted" the lever. I didn't notice a difference but didn't care, so I left it in her care for the remainder of the repairs. I found out that the "adjustment" screw she used was actually the lock screw for the pivot, which she loosened and had drop out on her and lost; she acted like it was "just one of those things", but at least you get new brakes. Yeah, nothing like dropping some coin these days for a little fun. Anyway, I learned that there are two screws in there and she didn't know the difference and just chose the wrong one. She was on the bad side of 50/50. What amazing skill.
    Now for my other bike. I took it out for its first ride since being in her care and I end up eating shiite when I went for my rear brake going into a high speed corner and all of the sudden I had no rear brake because there was air in my line. The cause according to her; not her ineptitude, she, after all, is the best bike mechanic in the world, no, too many zip ties on the line. You could have 100 and it wouldn't matter. I had five from handle bar to rear brake and none of them in anyway kinked the line. I had ridden that bike with those ties for a while before I started to get a little play in the braking which was way worse after she "fixed" it.
    I know of a few people who have had similar experiences with her. When I was discussing this topic this morning with another regular area rider he acknowledged my perspective and added "yeah, she is crazy, I haven't been back there in a year" and told me stories (plural) similiar to mine.
    If Bishop were there none of this would have happened.
    This happened a while ago and I was just going to keep it to myself, but after talking to this other guy and rethinking what had happened I thought I should give a heads up on here so that maybe someone else does not have deal with this crap.
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    IDK who this chick is your talking about at the outpost buuut Bishop was a hack too ... his favorite tool was a hammer...hammers dont belong in bike shops. The only cool thing about bish was a beer would get ya a "remedy" for free. LOL I didnt even know bish was gone...course I havent been around for a coupla years, just got back into it this week...lovin it...it all seems new(sorta) again....

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    Group Rides arround Las Vegas Valley and Bike Services

    Hi there....

    If anybody likes to ride with other people check meetup.com and look for the Las Vegas Mountain bike group we usually have rides 2 or 3 times a week with riders from all levels so if you ride regularly or are in town just visiting is a good place to check what is going on arround town. We also have a ride on MT. Charleston the next Saturday June 6 2009 National Trail Day sponsor by the US Forest Service. So it will be great to have tons of riders involved so that way the US Forest Service might help to create and promote more trails arround Las Vegas.

    After reading about the bad service from the girl at the bike outpost I will recommend JT's on Horizon Ridge, Henderson. It is on the other side of town from me but I like their service there.
    The guys at Las Vegas Cyclery are also good.
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    need help planning ride

    Hi. How come no one replies to the people looking for a "guide"

    Anyways, I'm in the same situation. I'll be in vegas mid this month and looking for ppl to show me the works and give me some pointers.

    I am available to ride these dates. I know its going to be blistering hot so that's why I am for early early morning and evening rides. THANKS

    I can ride..
    Wed 8/19 evening
    Thu 8/20 morning and evening
    Fri 8/21 morning

    Even if no one can show me around, where can I get the best trail map for self support and with the 4 opportunities to ride, what is the top for spots I need to hit as far as trail and overlooks.

    Also, how does the whole getting the trailhead thing work?

    THANKS. I really need some planning help.

    EDIT: I'm viewing the trail system from Bootlegs site. Hopefully I can do mostly the west of the canyon on Wed evening. Then knock out the lake trails on Thurs with some venturing into the DH trails. Friday, maybe I'll just pay and shuttle the DH for as long as I can ride till later plans for the night. Am I sounding too ambitious?
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    Quote Originally Posted by THATmanMANNY
    Hi. How come no one replies to the people looking for a "guide"

    Anyways, I'm in the same situation. I'll be in vegas mid this month and looking for ppl to show me the works and give me some pointers.

    I am available to ride these dates. I know its going to be blistering hot so that's why I am for early early morning and evening rides. THANKS

    I can ride..
    Wed 8/19 evening
    Thu 8/20 morning and evening
    Fri 8/21 morning

    Even if no one can show me around, where can I get the best trail map for self support and with the 4 opportunities to ride, what is the top for spots I need to hit as far as trail and overlooks.

    Also, how does the whole getting the trailhead thing work?

    THANKS. I really need some planning help.

    EDIT: I'm viewing the trail system from Bootlegs site. What is the best way to flow through these trails?
    We might be able to help you on one of those days for an evening ride.

    The best place to start is at the restrooms. Go up the canyon via Girl Scout. From there you have lots of options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedsdoc
    We might be able to help you on one of those days for an evening ride.

    The best place to start is at the restrooms. Go up the canyon via Girl Scout. From there you have lots of options.
    sweet. I will PM you.

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    I'll be staying just on the border of vegas. Im not going to rent a car. Save some cash moneeey. I'm going to make do with public transportation and getting around by bike. It seems like the buses run regularly, everyday, early morn and late night. SO if you see someone trying to hitch a ride to or at the trailhead please be kind to give them a lift.

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    THANK YOU!!! to a man named Roger who showed me a way to get back into Henderson on the bicycle, pedsdoc for taking me riding with his friends, and even riding with Scott Johnson!, All Mountain Cyclery, the locals who keep this place running, etc.

    I got in the 4 rides. Those new paved bike paths are a great addition to the town/park. I only got in one DH trail. I hope to return when shuttles are running. There is so much to cover here in just a couple of days so I focused on the XC stuff and got to mess around on the features located by the restrooms. I HAD AN EPIC ADVENTURE! And I'm very fortunate I got to ride before running into the two days it rains all year

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    Quote Originally Posted by THATmanMANNY
    THANK YOU!!! to a man named Roger who showed me a way to get back into Henderson on the bicycle, pedsdoc for taking me riding with his friends, and even riding with Scott Johnson!, All Mountain Cyclery, the locals who keep this place running, etc.

    I got in the 4 rides. Those new paved bike paths are a great addition to the town/park. I only got in one DH trail. I hope to return when shuttles are running. There is so much to cover here in just a couple of days so I focused on the XC stuff and got to mess around on the features located by the restrooms. I HAD AN EPIC ADVENTURE! And I'm very fortunate I got to ride before running into the two days it rains all year
    Manny,

    It's good to hear you enjoyed the riding at Bootleg Canyon. This is the only picture I was able to get of you riding. You were about to go down West Leg at night.


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    ride help

    I am willing to show anyone around who is in need of a guide in the cottonwood/ blue diamond area .. I'll be riding anyway.... Just give me a PM...

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    Thanks for the thread- I'll be in Vegas 1st week of Feb and would like to check out Bootleg DH trails. I've only got 1 day open. Do they run shuttles? Can I rent a bike out there somewhere? I won't have my own transportation so if some shops run guided trips or something I might be interested. I'm not interested in cross country. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Yes boulder city cyclery rents bikes at bootleg They also offer shuttle service

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    All Mountain Cyclery runs shuttles on weekends and has downhill bikes for rent.
    Hotrodmalin,
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    Got the pm's. thanks- looks like my day open is friday. does anyone run shuttles during the week?

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    Late Nite Trails/Blue Diamond Bike Part Vending Machine

    Check out the 24hrBikeShop Vending Machine located at the gas station (Blue Diamond Travel Center) at the junction of Hwy 160/159 on your way out to the Late Night & Blue Diamond Trailhead. It's got trail maps, lube, tubes, tools and more plus killer souvenir T-Shirts and pint glasses. It also takes credit cards. For directions see www.24hrBikeShop.com

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    Did Blue Diamond last week of March. Simply wonderful single track there with awesome aesthetics riding along at dusk and at Daybreak. Loved the portions of Black Velvet for a little more technical aspect of riding in the area.

    Very 29er friendly, as well as single speed friendly. Nice layout.

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    For those that want to print a smaller map of bootleg canyon and be able to read it here is a version i did and printed at 4x6 that is readable and not small enough for your packs.

    and the Cottonewood that was posted earlier is already readable if you size it to 4x6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Cool
    Although I think that the Bike Outpost probably puts out a good rental rig when needed, you don't want to get your own rig worked on at that shop. The chic working there is nowhere near as competent of a tech as would be expected, let alone what she will tell you about her skills. I would say she knows 1/4 of what she says. Yes, she is quick to tell anyone about her mastery of bike mechanics. She will also let you know her low opinion of your lack of mastery. Let me tell you about my first and only bike fix job with her.
    I took both of my bikes to her for new brake pads and bleeds on all of my lines. First of all, the bill was $300. Whatever. Then she tells me that the pivot pin on one of my Juicy 7 brake levers fell out while she was test riding my bike and that I would have to get new brakes. (of course it was not her fault) She said that NOTHING could be done. New brakes. I of course was very doubtful about this diagnosis so I called a buddy who works in a shop in Colorado and he laughed, and I got a new pivot for free.
    Now here we go into her major ineptitude and why you should never ask her to look at your bike. When I dropped the bikes off, (I was new to hydraulic brakes at the time) I asked her to also bring in my brake contact point on my lever. She showed me the "adjustment" screw and "adjusted" the lever. I didn't notice a difference but didn't care, so I left it in her care for the remainder of the repairs. I found out that the "adjustment" screw she used was actually the lock screw for the pivot, which she loosened and had drop out on her and lost; she acted like it was "just one of those things", but at least you get new brakes. Yeah, nothing like dropping some coin these days for a little fun. Anyway, I learned that there are two screws in there and she didn't know the difference and just chose the wrong one. She was on the bad side of 50/50. What amazing skill.
    Now for my other bike. I took it out for its first ride since being in her care and I end up eating shiite when I went for my rear brake going into a high speed corner and all of the sudden I had no rear brake because there was air in my line. The cause according to her; not her ineptitude, she, after all, is the best bike mechanic in the world, no, too many zip ties on the line. You could have 100 and it wouldn't matter. I had five from handle bar to rear brake and none of them in anyway kinked the line. I had ridden that bike with those ties for a while before I started to get a little play in the braking which was way worse after she "fixed" it.
    I know of a few people who have had similar experiences with her. When I was discussing this topic this morning with another regular area rider he acknowledged my perspective and added "yeah, she is crazy, I haven't been back there in a year" and told me stories (plural) similiar to mine.
    If Bishop were there none of this would have happened.
    This happened a while ago and I was just going to keep it to myself, but after talking to this other guy and rethinking what had happened I thought I should give a heads up on here so that maybe someone else does not have deal with this crap.
    This all irrelevant now because the "chic" is gone, and it looks like we are stying with the new wrench out there, Chris.

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    helmet cam video of last race course, snakeback to the bathrooms(downhill trail)
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    Awesome. We just rode Cottonwood on Friday as the weather was cooler than usual. Some nice riding out there.
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    Thanks for the info.

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    We'll be in Vegas Sept 5-11. How will the temperature be for riding? It's been a hot summer hear on the east coast, 85-95deg most days. From what I read here, I think I'd like to ride Cottonwood or Bootleg. Any reasons to ride one over the other? We're comfortable riding the east coast rocks and roots. Tech XC trails would be great but the nastier DH runs aren't our thing. Maybe time will allow us to get two days of riding in and we can ride both places.
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    east coast guests

    Hank,
    Sept is really nice. Although it could be in the upper 80's or low 90's, its just fine. My cousin lives in Mass and he loved Bootleg. You may find Cottonwood on the tame side, but there are a few trails out there that are fun: Latenight, Black Velvet and the Hurl. Cowboy is absolutely killer, technical and challenging, but you have to climb up to enjoy the trip back down. If you're staying on the Strip, BC would be the place. Ride the Epic Loop. Hope you have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly_hank
    We'll be in Vegas Sept 5-11. How will the temperature be for riding? It's been a hot summer hear on the east coast, 85-95deg most days. From what I read here, I think I'd like to ride Cottonwood or Bootleg. Any reasons to ride one over the other? We're comfortable riding the east coast rocks and roots. Tech XC trails would be great but the nastier DH runs aren't our thing. Maybe time will allow us to get two days of riding in and we can ride both places.
    Ok just from working in the area I will suggest going early in the morning, sun up to beat the heat wherever you go, bring extra water of course,I had drank my entire camel back within seven miles, and I hydrated up very well before I left. I aslo managed to find cacti which torched a quarter of my tire completely ruining my tube, so bring an extra tube as well, loved the cowboy trail, was very fun I didnt think it was to bad technical wise, although I only made it four miles in before I decided to turn around as my spare was used, it did have its moments and it was certainly enjoyable.
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    if you can handle the heat here at bootleg(well just as hot at cottonwood) id say bootleg hands down. especially if you want some technical cross country. youll want to go early morning and have a ton of water. since you arent going till sept 5 i can go ride some of the cross country trails and post them up. it can give you a pretty good idea since its the new hd go pro.
    I hope your car has a big trunk because I am going to put my bike in it.

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    I will be riding in VEGAS DEC 2 at around 1PM.

    I was planing on renting a bike from McGhies and hitting Cottonwood Valley (Landmine loop to Black Velvet - and back

    Is this a good plan?

    I am staying at the New York New York and might rent a car to get out there.

    Is there anything closer that I could taxi too? Is this place decent to rent a bike from? Will I get lost with a map? lol...

    I am going with a friend of mine.

    Any information is GOOD information. Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    I will be riding in VEGAS DEC 2 at around 1PM.

    I was planing on renting a bike from McGhies and hitting Cottonwood Valley (Landmine loop to Black Velvet - and back

    Is this a good plan?

    I am staying at the New York New York and might rent a car to get out there.

    Is there anything closer that I could taxi too? Is this place decent to rent a bike from? Will I get lost with a map? lol...

    I am going with a friend of mine.

    Any information is GOOD information. Thank you
    Paul
    l'd rent from lasvegascyclery.com or do one of there day tours. It may cost less then renting a car and a bike. Plus there rental bike are sweeter than McGhie's. you could also take the Cat bus to the bike shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    I will be riding in VEGAS DEC 2 at around 1PM.
    Will I get lost with a map? lol...
    Any information is GOOD information. Thank you
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    You won't get lost. If you start at the bike shop you will be riding towards a huge mountain range that you will obviously not be crossing (maybe 6,000 feet straight up?). When you'll enter the Black Velvet trail you get pretty darn close to the base of these mountains. On your return you'll have those mts. to your back.

    After Black Velvet you can work your way towards one of the tunnels. Cross the road and get in some mileage up to Badger Pass. Your return from Badger Pass is very fast. I would ride the route you described , go under the lower tunnel and climb to the pass. This would take me about 2 1/2 hours to top out Then I could actually get back to the shop in the most 40 fun filled minutes ever! Man, I miss that ride big time!

    Or just take every fun looking turn and leave room for some extra time to get back to the bike shop. There are lots of great trails in there! Enjoy!
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    What is a cat bus?

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    CAT bus is the Citizen's Area Transit, our quasi-municipal bus system. Check out the route schedule from RTC at http://www.rtcsnv.com/

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    I can get to the bike shop using the bus????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    I can get to the bike shop using the bus????
    Yep from NYNY casino, just take the bus up Tropicana (get a transfer pass) then transfer to Durango get off at Charleston walk 1/2 mile east on Charleston shop will be on the corner of cimarron and Charleston. Tell the Bus driver where your going He'll help you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob1208lv
    Yep from NYNY casino, just take the bus up Tropicana (get a transfer pass) then transfer to Durango get off at Charleston walk 1/2 mile east on Charleston shop will be on the corner of cimarron and Charleston. Tell the Bus driver where your going He'll help you out.
    It makes no sense to me as to why will you take the buss to get to the shop to rent a bike...???
    If you are only going to rent the bike you are still far away from any Trail Head.
    If you are going to pay for one of their guided tours, have them pick you up at your hotel and bring you breakfast.
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    I would stick with plan A and rent a car to the Bike Outpost. They have a brand new rental fleet. Chris at the shop is a good guy and he will make sure you are well taken care of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Cool
    I would stick with plan A and rent a car to the Bike Outpost. They have a brand new rental fleet. Chris at the shop is a good guy and he will make sure you are well taken care of.
    IMO this will be your best choice.
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    How am I far away from the trail head if i can get to the shop? The trailhead is 1/4 mile isn't it?
    I think the rental car might be the best option at this point, I agree, rather then waiting around for a bus. Thanks for the input.

    How are the trails? I cant wait. I ride in the New England area and am sure I will be in for a big surprise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    How am I far away from the trail head if i can get to the shop? The trailhead is 1/4 mile isn't it?
    I think the rental car might be the best option at this point, I agree, rather then waiting around for a bus. Thanks for the input.

    How are the trails? I cant wait. I ride in the New England area and am sure I will be in for a big surprise!

    The rental car is a better option. The shop in Blue Diamond is a couple minutes by bike to the trailheads. They should be able to give you a basic map with your bike rental.

    Desert singletrack. Lots of it. Hardpack. Loose over hard, hard over loose. Rocky. No roots you have to deal with though. But watch out for the cactus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    How am I far away from the trail head if i can get to the shop? The trailhead is 1/4 mile isn't it?
    I think the rental car might be the best option at this point, I agree, rather then waiting around for a bus. Thanks for the input.

    How are the trails? I cant wait. I ride in the New England area and am sure I will be in for a big surprise!

    I think there is some confusion on which bike shop everyone is writing about. McGhie's shop in Blue Diamond is at the trail head. Las Vegas Cyclery is on Charleston near a bus stop. You can not get to Blue Diamond on the CAT bus.

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    NY NY is about 20-25 minutes from Blue Diamond and the trails are a couple hundred yards from the bike shop. The trail system is huge and quite varied in terms of terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauldotcom
    How am I far away from the trail head if i can get to the shop? The trailhead is 1/4 mile isn't it?
    I think the rental car might be the best option at this point, I agree, rather then waiting around for a bus. Thanks for the input.

    How are the trails? I cant wait. I ride in the New England area and am sure I will be in for a big surprise!

    The Mountain Bike Outpost in Blue Diamond is but;
    Las Vegas Cyclery in Charleston and Cimarron is not.

    , just take the bus up Tropicana (get a transfer pass) then transfer to Durango get off at Charleston walk 1/2 mile east on Charleston shop will be on the corner of cimarron and Charleston

    Yes!
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    How much travel is good to be riding out at Cowboy trails. I know that it's pretty chunky out there with the rock gardens. Just wanted to see what anyone who rides out there reguarly is working with.
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    If you're starting at the Bike Outpost you're basically riding Cottonwood and the trails are pretty mellow. Nothing too techy and a lot of trail options. Let us know when you're going to be here and maybe a couple of us can hookup with you and show you around.
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    What about camping options in the area?

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    There is a campground near the Redrock conservation area which is real close to the Cowboy trails and a few miles further from the Cottonwood trails.

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    BC hotel recs?

    Planning on coming down to ride BC for the first time while in course at LV in early March. Would like to stay in BC to ride when not in course at LV. Any good recommendations for close to TH, bike friendly hotel stay that is not too far off a drive from LV as well (course starts at 8am for two days, so would like to be within a 30min drive if possible).

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    Railroad Pass Casino you can ride outta the hotel onto bike path or trail(ernies extension)
    ...as far as the accommodations go ummmmmm they would be a subpar for strip standards but your here to ride ...right?
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    I'm coming to LV specifically to ride Feb 25th and 26th. I will have one or two others with me.

    If anyone would like to show us the fun loops to take so we're not going to opposite of the fun way that'd be rad.

    We will be looking to ride for 5-6 hours a day at a pretty fast clip, putting a foot down only to stuff food in our face and ensure our safety protocol is correct.

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    Ok then,

    Well, thanks for all the help everyone.

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    We just got back from riding some of the LV trails. It was nice break from the cold and wet of Idaho this spring. We are x-country riders and found the Cottonwood trails to be a very nice fit. Be sure to stop by an see Chris at the Bike Outpost in Blue Diamond and he will give you a colorful narrative of local trails. Landmine and and The Hurl were what we rode here....both fun.

    We also rode Bootleg Canyon, and the guys at All Mtn Cycle also were a big help before we hit their trails. These trails are more downhill oriented, more rocky, but well worth the trip to Boulder City. We warmed up the Lower and Middle Lake View Trails...which I reccomend, and then took the shuttle for the downhill runs. We stuck to Boy Scout & Girl Scout trails....don't let the names fool you, as these trails will get your attention, as they did with my friend in this picture.
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    Chris is the best man. Perfect dude to talk trails with.
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    More trails

    Since this sticky was started some progress have been made when it comes to trails near by.

    There are 2 more trails around the city that need to be mentioned here:
    The Union Trails and the The Bear's Best they are both consider backyard trails to the people that live close to them since they are right next to populated neighborhoods. Don't let that fact full you they are both great trails that will keep you busy and offer a great view of the strip.

    If you are willing to drive 45 min. to 1 hr from Las Vegas there's also Mount Charlestone where you can find The Twiligh Zone, Bristlecone Trail and The Downhill trails.
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    We can also add the Anthem East trails out of Anthem Hills Park. You can get 12-15 miles on the official Anthem East Trail and take side trips on the narrow single track for a few additional miles. The trail itself starts fun and gets a bit more lame as you follow it south along the edge of the housing developments with some really steep (but totally ride-able power line road) followed by the switchbacks at the south end are brutally tight (the lower ones are too tight for my AM rig). But you can then climb to the TV Transmitter and return on the trail or on the road for a bit more cardio.

    I'll get a map together once I catch all the single track, I think I am getting close to having ridden it all. It's not bad for a quick late afternoon ride or a night ride -- and it is close to home.

    So far I like it more than the Union Trails and about the same as Bear's Best (but Anthem is much closer for me) and an easy ride while my kids are a soccer practice at the park.

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    A map of Cowboy that I didn't see here. It was supplied by johnnyspoke in another thread...


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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    A map of Cowboy that I didn't see here. It was supplied by johnnyspoke in another thread...

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    Awesome! Gonna have to check out that as well. I just moved here from utah and have only been out to bootleg canyon and the blue diamond trail that starts near the bike shop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
    Awesome! Gonna have to check out that as well. I just moved here from utah and have only been out to bootleg canyon and the blue diamond trail that starts near the bike shop!
    I don't know the Blue Diamond-area trails but, and this is just my opinion, these Cowboy Trails are 100% better than the XC trails at Bootleg. Now, I've not ridden them all at Bootleg but the trails on the lower end aren't fun to me. Boy Scout was fun. Seemed more like a real trail. Girl Scout was fair as well but somewhere between the elevation of Boy Scout and Girl Scout is where the sh|tty gravel trails start.

    Cowboy trails are more like actual trails, not a narrow ridge chiseled into the side of some sandstone & gravel. That's just my opinion. and only of the lower trails like POW, IMBA, Mother...

    I've yet to hit the DH trails but all the video I see of them is pure awesomeness.

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    I didn't try mother pow or imba, caldera was ok but nothing special.

    These cowboy trails have some good downhill stints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
    I didn't try mother pow or imba, caldera was ok but nothing special.
    I didn't ride Caldera but it seemed to be more XC with not so much elevation gain/loss whereas Boy Scout starts at the top where the shuttle stops and descends to where Caldera starts or in that general location. Of course, if you want to climb Boy Scout you can do that as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by klif01 View Post
    These cowboy trails have some good downhill stints?
    I've only been on it once but Bone Shaker is a "good" downhill stint. There's plenty of climbing to get to the DH sections but the climbing is fun if you like technical climbing over rocks & steps and stuff.

    If you've got some time watch the video I just posted. It's got plenty of climbing in it and Bone Shaker starts at 8:00 or so...

    Cowboy Trails Sunday 2011-11-06?

    There's also Bob Gnarly and Bomb Voyage on another ridge that requires a little more climbing. I didn't make it over there but some day...

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    Hey all, kinda getting back into riding, and was wondering if there are any good trails on the north side of Vegas. I live on base, but can commute any where. Would like to try close to home before i drive across town to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    A map of Cowboy that I didn't see here. It was supplied by johnnyspoke in another thread...

    Good info

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    Not really. The twlight trail is on SR158,( Kyle Canyon/Mt Charleston ) you park at the dirt lot @mile 12 There is about 12-15miles of trail.

    Bears Best is @ 215/Flamingo 10-12 miles of fun stuff.

    Cottonwood/Blue Diamond, you can park in BD@ bike shop,or park @ Latenight trailhead,4.7 miles W of Blue Diamond turn on SR160 to access the trails on the south side.

    Bootleg in Boulder City,X/C to serious downhill.

    You can find more info in other threads,or post a new thead with questions.

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    Lots of info missing in this sticky.
    BBT info
    Union Trails info
    Coyote Springs info
    ???
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    What is the name of the parking lot on blue diamond hwy on the north side of the road before you head up the canyon to go to pahrump. I rode a nice loop from there last weekend and got to test out the new hd hero2

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    The paved parking lot is called Latenight. The dirt lot prior to Latenight is called Katie's Lot.

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    I've been riding BC for some years now and I'm fairly familiar with the DH side of things there and the usual Boy Scout ride down from the shuttle drop off. This Friday, I have a friend who's more into trail/xc riding and I'm looking into getting a local info on a recommended trail riding route more suited to riders who don't like to climb much

    I think I rode Caldera once..not a fan. I think it's too monotonous. Never been to Par None or Mother and IMBA and such.. Any route suggestion (with minimal climbing or gradual climbing), start, loop and finish? I will probably ride DH on Sat morning...or maybe explore Cowboy area..

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaFred View Post
    Lots of info missing in this sticky.
    BBT info
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    Coyote Springs info
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    So why not add it? I know you know BBT

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzer View Post
    I've been riding BC for some years now and I'm fairly familiar with the DH side of things there and the usual Boy Scout ride down from the shuttle drop off. This Friday, I have a friend who's more into trail/xc riding and I'm looking into getting a local info on a recommended trail riding route more suited to riders who don't like to climb much

    I think I rode Caldera once..not a fan. I think it's too monotonous. Never been to Par None or Mother and IMBA and such.. Any route suggestion (with minimal climbing or gradual climbing), start, loop and finish? I will probably ride DH on Sat morning...or maybe explore Cowboy area..

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    You can do a point-to-point shuttle by leaving one vehicle at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. Then drive up the road to the shuttle drop off. Drop in on Boy Scout but then ride outer Caldera in a counter-clockwise direction. Then detour on Ernie's extension heading west and end back at Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. There's some minimal climbing but the route is mostly XC downhill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara View Post
    You can do a point-to-point shuttle by leaving one vehicle at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. Then drive up the road to the shuttle drop off. Drop in on Boy Scout but then ride outer Caldera in a counter-clockwise direction. Then detour on Ernie's extension heading west and end back at Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino. There's some minimal climbing but the route is mostly XC downhill.
    Sounds fun. I will try that next month.
    We ended up riding at Gooseberry Mesa instead and then recovered with some chill shuttle runs on Boy's Scout the next day. Thanks guys. Vegas and Utah are fun

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    Cowboy trails rock my world. Hoping to make a dirt ride connector from Cowboy to Cottonwood. Anyone have some ideas? I am searching Topofusion aerial views and there are a few routes, just not sure if they are on private property.

    Here is a map I found of Cowboy


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    Tried out the Green Loop at Cottonwood trails while visiting from Phoenix, last week. Can't wait to come back and explore more trails in this area!

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    Awesome source of local trail info, it's been surprising hard to find trail info for Vegas, thanks for posting!!
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    Great thread gang and thanks.
    The wifey and I are wanting 1 day of riding last week of January while we are visiting. Best shop for rentals, trail access, scenery, possibly guide?????
    Probably need to stick to xc singlrtrack.
    Thanks so much for your help. First time to LV...

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    Book your guide with McGhie's bike shop, which owns the Bike Outpost at the trail head of Cottonwood, where you can get your bikes. Ask for Bob for your guide. He is a great guy and loves riding and guiding. I would not recommend their other guide. They even offer transportation from your hotel to the trails.

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    Thanks alot Guy, I'll give them a call.

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    Did blue diamond today, ran into some locals who showed me one of the longer routes,
    lots of fun.

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    I'm gonna be in Vegas in February on the 19th and 20th. Going to be riding on the 20th in the morning. Would love to see some of that beautiful Nevada desert. I love flowing single track but not harsh climbs.

    Any suggestions?
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    I booked a tour with McGhie's and got a reply that Bobby would be our guide. Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apexpredator65 View Post
    I'm gonna be in Vegas in February on the 19th and 20th. Going to be riding on the 20th in the morning. Would love to see some of that beautiful Nevada desert. I love flowing single track but not harsh climbs.

    Any suggestions?
    I think Cottonwood would be a nice place to start if you park at the Late Night parking lot. Lots of options from there. At Bootleg Canyon, the climbs are not really that harsh. For example the Girl Scout trail is about 1.5 miles long, about 300 feet elevation gain. Now Cowboy Trails is a harsh climb, about 5 miles to the top but probably has the best view of Vegas and the valley.

    Have fun.

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    After reading the thread I was thinking about doing BBT when I get to Vegas on Sunday afternoon.
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    Great discussion here! Thanks to all who contributed for the benefit of us out-of-towners.

    One question I don't think was mentioned:

    What are the best (longish) XC routes for visitors that are least likely to get them lost?

    Are the trails generally easy to follow? Are they marked? Any recommended maps other than the ones included here?

    Thanks!

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    If you start in Blue Diamond and go up Badger pass to wilson tank overlook and return on deadhorse to landmine back to BD you should be in the 22-25ish mile range.
    Stop in the Outpost(lbs) in Blue Diamond, talk to chris, he'll help you pick a route & map it out.
    If you have a basic sense of direction you can't get lost out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-80 Rider View Post
    Great discussion here! Thanks to all who contributed for the benefit of us out-of-towners.

    One question I don't think was mentioned:

    What are the best (longish) XC routes for visitors that are least likely to get them lost?

    Are the trails generally easy to follow? Are they marked? Any recommended maps other than the ones included here?

    Thanks!
    The most XC routes that have lots of traffic you can easily ride over 60 miles if you want and have good signs IMHO will be Cottonwood Valley.
    So you can either go to the Latenight TH parking lot (Blue Diamond Rd.
    (Hwy. 160) 4.7 miles West, PAST turn off to 159
    Las Vegas, NV) or you can park in the town of Blue Diamond at the Bike Outpost and Chris can give you more tips and recommendations and you could get a map and goodies there as well.
    There's a ride going on Saturday if you want to join some riders: Cottonwood Slow Paced Ride Up Badger Pass - The Las Vegas Mountain Bike Group (Las Vegas, NV) - Meetup

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    Knoob, thanks for the advice. I'll do some research.

    Camaleon, thanks, as well. Appreciate the invite, but it's a month too early for me to make it. Sounds like fun, though.

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    i am booked up for the week in april in vegas. Im trying to convince my buddy to go on a guided mtb tour with me from Mcghie's Bike Outpost at the blue diamond location.

    I have heard great reviews of this ride/tour. Has anyone taken this and how many miles is it for the 1/2 day tour? My buddy isnt into bikeing but i think once he gets out into the terrain it may change his mind. I plan to bring my own pedals and shoes at this point. I am hoping they can pick us up from our hotel (the imperial palace). All i know for sure is i am excited for this.

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    The sticky needs a major update.

    - What are the temps and weather in the area throughout the year?
    - Where are the bike shops to rent rides, get parts, or perform repairs?
    - Where is the closest lodging to the trails?
    - What local club can we contact to help with building/maintenance?


    There are many of us that want to visit your region, especially to escape bad winter weather. Win/Win situation for everyone.

    Please update the sticky.

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