While most other North American mountain bike hot spots are covered with snow, we are fortunate to enjoy prime riding in the heart of the Mojave Desert at Death Valley National Park and Red Rock Canyon.
Leaving the tourist spots behind, we mountain bike into the surprising backcountry of Death Valley. Our first ride, Dante's View, is a 6,000-foot descent from the abrupt peaks behind Badwater to the golden foothills of Mustard Canyon. A ride along an ancient mining track to the top of Chloride Cliffs reveals both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States, from a single vantage point! Abandoned crystal mines dot the region, while a deep, narrowing canyon takes us past petroglyphs and ghost towns. A seldom-traveled dirt road winds right over the top of Keystone Thrust into the backside of Red Rock Canyon. Finally, two days of non-stop wild mustang trails complete our appreciation for the untamed Spirit of the Mojave!