One of the more popular areas
to ride is Indian Canyons, an area
settled centuries ago by the Agua
Caliente Cahuilla Indians. Many
traces of their communities exist today and horseback riders
see rock art, house pits and
foundations, irrigation ditches,
dams, reservoirs, trails and food
Ginther suggests using Smoke
Tree Stables to lead the expedition,
an experienced company adept at
working with groups and specializing in
rides through the Indian Canyons.
Moab, located in southern Utah 30 miles
east of Canyonlands National Park, bills
itself as “home to the greatest mountain
biking on the planet.”
Riders weave through magnificent can-
yons, rock formations and mesa tops in this
While highly skilled riders are drawn to
Moab, the area is also great for beginners.
“The trail system is graded much like a ski
area with green circles for easier trails, blue
diate and black
diamond for expert,” says Michele Hill, a
spokesperson for the Moab Travel Council.
For experts in your group, the most
famous challenge is the highly technical
Slickrock Bike Trail, an exceptionally diffi-
cult 9.6-mile trail.
Novices will enjoy trails in Dead Horse
Point State Park, which has easier trails like
the Intrepid, offering views of the Colorado River Canyon, and the Raven Roll, a
1.7-mile-long straightaway on a hard packed
surface. Other trails popular with novices
include Hurrah Pass and Chilkoot Pass in
the Klondike Bluff Area.
Visitors can purchase a trail map for $3 at
local Moab bike shops. For groups, there are
several outfitters that rent bikes and offer
guided bike tours on various trails.
Five mountain ranges surround Tucson,
Ariz., providing hundreds of miles of hiking
trails to explore terrain that varies from the
rugged, cactus-speckled variety to areas
with groves of pine and aspen trees.
Better still, for those who don’t have time
to leave the city, there are several engaging
urban trails available for groups.
Highlighting Tucson’s menu of hiking
trails is The Loop, which encompasses 55
car-free miles of trails around Tucson popular with hikers and bikers; Rillito River Park
Trail, an 11-mile trail that meanders through
Tucson’s north side; and Santa Cruz River
Park Trail, a paved trail that includes part of
the Anza National Historic Trail.
Some of the darkest skies in southern
California are at Joshua Tree National Park,
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