Arizona - Nevada - Utah - Colorado - New Mexico - Arizona MTB Trip - Spring 2009


In January I noticed that British airways were having a half price air miles sale. So I decided to see what flights were available, I found that I could get a return flight to phoenix at the end of april. So to get away from the lovely english climate i.e. cold & wet. I booked a flight to Phoenix to get out to the USA and enjoy some desert riding and meet up with some friends I have out in the states.

I did some great rides on my trip, below is a map of where I rode. I planned my rides in advance before I flew out, and made sure that I would ride in some places I'd not been to before.

The new places I rode were

Monolith Garden New Mexico
Slick Rock Swamp Utah
Western Rim trail Colorado
Phils World / Sandcanyon Colorado
High Desert Trail/ Zuni Mtn New Mexico

There were a couple of very long drives which were not much fun, and on one of the drives from Fruita to New Mexico I got stopped by highway patrol as I headed through Moab for speeding 8-(. But I at last I did get to ride in some fantastic locations.

The SUV I had was a ford edge which was drove just like a normal car In total I drove 2175 miles on this trip, and visited 5 US states.

USA Spring 2009 route

The MTB guide books that I used for this holiday are listed below

1) Fruita Fat Tire Guidebook (ISBN 0-9700855-1-6)

2) Mountain Biking Grand Junction and Fruita (ISBN : 0-7627-1226-0)

3) Cosmic Rays Fat Tire trail Guide (ISBN : 0-9664769-6-4)

As well as the books I used a lot of web sites to find information about where to ride, and got advise from local riders using the regional forums on

To read more about this holiday click on each day in the left pane, where I have recorded what I got up to on each day.

Each picture can be enlarged, and videos can be played by clicking on the small images. The videos are in DIVX format.

Check out the Holiday Links page for details of useful sites I used for planning this holiday.