Flagstaff’s trails are second to none!
If you are looking for somewhere to get more fit, road riding at 7000 feet cannot be beaten.
The mountain biking in Flagstaff consists of scores of shorter trails arranged in a network. This provides unlimited opportunities for making different rides, but also creates a challenge in conveying routes on a web site. We recommend that you stop in and we’ll get you set up with a map and some advice depending upon what kind of riding you want to do. We truly have something for everyone!
Below are only a few highlighted trails and systems that may or may not make up a whole ride alone, but certainly can be part of some rides while you are here. Stop if the shop for a much more comprehensive overview of where to mountain bike while in Flagstaff.
- Flagstaff Urban Trail System – The “FUTS” is a great way to get around town, a great opportunity for beginner riders and provides access to the surrounding mountain bike trails.
- The Flagstaff Loop Trail – This work-in-progress will eventually loop the City of Flagstaff, providing connectivity between the FUTS, surrounding neighborhoods and the County and US Forest Service trails systems.
- The Arizona Trail – The Arizona Trail passes through the Flagstaff area on its way from Utah to Mexico. This recently completed trail offers some phenomenal opportunities to traverse broad swaths of the surrounding landscape. Use other trails in the system to make loops with the AZ Trail.
- Campbell Mesa Trails – This is a great system of loops for beginner riders or folks just looking for a quick easy spin.
- Dry Lake Hills Trails – Stemming from the backbone of the classic Schultz Creek Trail, this system includes steep climbs, rocky descents and great views of the San Francisco Peaks.
- For more trail info, check out MTBProject.com.
Flagstaff Road Rides
As mentioned, Flagstaff’s road rides are not very numerous, but they are world class! Many local rides pass through amazing scenery to stunning historic and geologic sites.We do have more road rides than listed below, so check in for other options after you’ve tried these.
- Lake Mary and Mormon Lake Roads – This is the classic Flagstaff road bike ride! Ride on a newly constructed wide shoulder through ponderosa pine forest. Circumnavigate Arizona’s largest natural body of water, Mormon Lake, (which is often dry…). Great views of the San Francisco Peaks.
- Snowbowl Road – This is a challenging out and back ride that gains well over 2000 feet in less than 14 miles from town. This is a classic twisty mountain-pass style ride that will take your breath away both literally and figuratively!
- Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments – This epic 50-mile loop drops from 7500 feet ASL to around 4500 feet ASL and climbs back. Fortunately, the scenery of Sinagua native ruins, the 900-years-young Sunset Crater volcano, and views of the San Francisco Peaks will keep you pedaling back up the hill. The map shows “lollipop loop” from Absolute Bikes which is 81 miles.