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5 Gnarly Mountain Biking Spots in the U.S.

Updated: Jun 4, 2023

Mountain biking is an exhilarating past time involving skill, endurance and preparation. Uphills, downhills, berms and turns present a desirable challenge to mountain bikers, and few feelings will rival the sense of accomplishment after finishing a dynamic off-road trail.

If you’re up for the challenge, read on to discover 5 amazing retreat lodges to enjoy after a grueling day of mountain biking.

#5 - Starr Cabin in Summit Sky Ranch in Colorado

Built in 2019, this open and spacious mountain modern home is beautifully furnished and has everything you will need for a great mountain biking getaway with family or friends. Enjoy amazing views from a sunny patio surrounded by the Gore Range and Ptarmigan Peak. Located in the gorgeous Summit Sky Ranch Resort, you will have access to an outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, a gym and a yoga room.

Once you get settled in, the mountain biking can begin! Lakeshore Perimeter Trail is just 10 minutes from Starr Cabin and affords incredible views of Dillon Reservoir as you mountain bike the trail. A trail of easy to moderate difficulty, Lakeshore Permiter Trail follows along the water and takes you through pine forests and meadows full of wildflowers. There are several areas with benches where you can stop and picnic during your 6.3-mile bike. Book Starr Cabin now:

#4 - Lakefront Cabin with Hot Tub in Colorado

Lakefront Cabin is nestled amongst the trees in a mountain setting overlooking Burgess Reservoir in Colorado. It affords panoramic views of the mountain area and wildlife. This newly updated home is the perfect getaway for couples or small groups looking to relax and enjoy the immediate area or go adventuring at the nearby attractions and mountain biking runs.

When you're ready to hit the trail, you can mountain bike at one of the most popular spots in Colorado, Pike National Forest. Pike National Forest is a beautiful landscape with mixed pine and aspen forests, rolling hills, and massive mountains up in the sky at over 14,000 feet above sea level. The National Forest has everything from beginner-friendly singletrack to dynamic double black diamond runs for experts. Book Lakefront Cabin now:

#3 - The Great Escape River Retreat in Georgia

The Great Escape River Retreat is a wonderful place for a family or group of mountain bikers to unwind after a day of trekking the trails. The lodge has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and a hot tub and spacious living room to sprawl out in. You will truly appreciate the fully log cabin as a home base for your mountain biking adventures.

A short distance from The Great Escape River Retreat, Bear Creek/Pinhoti Trail is a scenic route of intermediate difficulty that follows along Bear Creek. While mountain biking the trail, you will encounter the beauty of nature in the form of ferns, moss-cover and a rushing stream that can be heard throughout the valley. Book The Great Escape River Retreat now:

#2 - Bear's Den Chalet in Vermont

Bear's Den Chalet is a rustic, cozy, standalone home nestled within the woods of the Bear's Crossing Community, and adjacent to the Mt. Snow Ski resort. The ski home trail, located directly across the street, is a great place to mountain bike in the warmer months, and is exclusive for Bear's Crossing residents.

Bear's Den Chalet guests can also ride the Mount Snow Bike Park, which puts "smiles on dirt-covered faces every summer." The park has recently added mountain biking features to exhilarate and challenge, like berms, ladders, man-made surfaces and dirt jumps. However if you're more of a beginner, you can ride the Gateway trail, one of the longest introductory downhill trails in the East.

After an exciting day of mountain biking, you can return home and sprawl out in the roomy log cabin-style interior of Bear's Den Chalet. Additionally, you are welcome to access the Bear's Crossing Clubhouse where you can play pool and ping pong, and swim in the heated outdoor pool. Book Bear's Den Chalet now:

#1 - Luxurious Hot Springs Cabin in Arkansas

Hot Springs Cabin is a great home base for nearby mountain biking adventures. With 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, dog-friendly accommodations, and a chef's kitchen, Hot Springs Cabin is the perfect place to call home while recharging and planning your next mountain biking adventure.

If you're traveling to this Arkansas getaway, you'll not want to miss Hot Springs National Park. Hot Springs has an assortment of trails with offerings for all skill levels and ages. Three such trails are International Mountain Biking Association "EPIC" rides, defined as "immersive rides that are technically and physically least 20 miles in length."

The EPIC 33-mile Womble Trail is by far the most famous trail in Arkansas; people from all over the country travel in to bike it. It is mainly made up of loose rock with occasional half-packed dirt, and features exhilirating downhills that require some nerve to complete. An easier trail is the 21.5 mile Iron Mountain Trail, which features nicely bermed turns and some drops of varying difficulty.

When the day reaches its end you can retire and sit on the wrap-around porch or watch a movie on the Smart TV in the comfortable living room. Book Luxurious Hot Springs Cabin now:

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