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    MTB Destinations CLOSE to an airport

    My buddy has 2 free plane tickets from Delta and we want to try out a mountain bike destination. We live in NC so we've done the Brevard, Pisgah thing. Looking anywhere close to an airport that we can fly in and be in the city/town where we are going to ride. Don't want to drive 4 hours from airport (i.e. Crested Butte). Any suggestions?
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    Salt Lake (Delta's main hub) and Reno would be a good choice. Both have some rding right out of the city, and a half hour from either would get you into the mountains for tons of rides.

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    Fly into Grand Junction, CO - several awesome trail systems nearby in Fruita, CO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortep66 View Post
    Fly into Grand Junction, CO - several awesome trail systems nearby in Fruita, CO.
    This, as well as in Grand Junction.

    But... it's hot there this time of year
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    I would try to get to Bend, Oregon. But you might have to pay Alaskan airlines from Portland or Seattle.

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    Rochester, NY has some nice biking. I don't know if I can really compare it to many other places, though we have a lot of hills around here, varying terrain, and lots of woods. Believe it or not there is a whole other state north of NYC that is beautiful and completely different than down state.

    Dryer Road Park (30mins) is not huge, but it is setup as a mountain biking park, with a lot of wooded trails setup like skiing with varying labeled difficulties. Mostly single path, this park is designed from the ground up as mountain bike park. There is an open plateau at the top that you can get to various other trails.

    Ontario County Park (~1hr) larger lots of people like it for biking, they even do a 24hr race there.

    West Bay Park (20mins) One of the few I have yet to check out.

    Letchworth State Park (~1.5hrs) Grand Canyon of the East...Very beautiful 3 waterfalls. Wider trails, but a very nice park that is bike friendly.

    Erie Canal (~5mins) Flat and boring, ride it with my parents all the time. Prefer any of the above, though checking out the locks and watching a boat traverse them is cool. Stop in town and get some food, we take various trails along the canal, then use the tow path as a quick way back or to meet up with someone for lunch.

    Disclaimer, I don't know how this compares to other places as I am relatively new to this sport.

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    The nice thing about KSLC is that it's a direct from KRDU, if you're near there.

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    Sorry for the late update, we've decided to go to Salt Lake City! Thanks for all the great replies!
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    Boise would have been a great option too. We have a major airport and over 200 miles only 8 miles from the airport.
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    I second the Reno suggestion, fly to Reno, Tahoe is less than an hour away from the airport.
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    If I had to pick a spot it'd be grand junction... Fruita, moab, all close.
    Hot now though

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    Can't get closer than Seatac, trails under the runway both N and S.

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