In far southwestern Colorado, near Four Corners National Monument, sits one of the nation’s fastest-growing mountain bike destinations, Cortez. Located in Mesa Verde Country®, an area roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island, surrounds Mesa Verde National Park. Rapidly becoming a destination mountain biking area rivaling other well-known spots in Colorado and Utah, Mesa Verde Country features two national scenic byways, one national forest, three national monuments, one tribal park and the largest archaeological reserve in the United States. Phil’s World Nearly 40 mountain bike rides cover more than 500 miles in Mesa Verde Country. The most well known is the Phil’s World network of singletrack trails. Hard-packed, with overall elevation of approximately 750 feet, Phil’s World features individual climbs limited to a half-mile in length and 200 feet in elevation. The well-maintained track includes a rollercoaster section and several jumps. The landscape throughout Phil’s World is primarily Colorado desert, with some running through waist-high juniper trees and along the rims of cliffs. The entire system lies in...Read More
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