Texas is a huge state with plenty of great riding, and spring is the
best time to check it out. The cold weather of winter is backing off,
and the heat of summer hasn’t hit yet. There is fine riding in western Texas and even outside Dallas, but Austin is the place.
Austin is a fun and vibrant city with an active live-music scene
and eccentric locals. This is a great place to come if you like to spend
your day riding the trails, and then kick back with friends at one of
the many small clubs in the evening. Our favorite trails are in the
Barton Creek Greenbelt and the Emma Long Metro Area Park.
Located near the Hoover Dam, Boulder City can
also lay claim to the popular mountain bike trails
of Bootleg Canyon. This mountainous and rocky
trail system is only 25 miles from Las Vegas, so
it’s long been the site of the Dirt Demo sessions
for the annual Interbike show.
Bootleg Canyon offers a challenging desert trail
system, with rocks, cliffs, climbs and triple-black-diamond descents. Bootleg Canyon has attracted
top gravity racers like World Champions Gee
Atherton and Greg Minnaar for their winter
training. Shuttle runs are available for downhillers.
Be careful of the rocks in the area, though.
Most are sharp enough to cut your tires or your
skin. Knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended.
mountain bikers flock
to Boulder City in the
winter to sample the
challenging trails of
Bootleg Canyon. March
and April are the best
months of all, though,
with temperatures in
the 60s and 70s most
Lonestar state: If you’re thinking about taking a mountain bike trip to
Austin, spring is the time to go. The weather is good, the city is alive and
the trails rock too. Photo: Chris Konn