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Trail Highlight: Bootleg Canyon

Bootleg is a unique place. Bootleg has something to offer everyone but is best known as a premier spot for mountain biking, ranging from steep downhill trails to hard tech climbs and smooth flowy trails.

Location

Bootleg Canyon is based in Boulder City on the way out to Lake Mead. There are two trailheads for parking. The first and most popular is located at the base of the canyon and next to convenient restrooms. You know you are there when you are greeted by a massive statue of a mountain bike. A second parking area is found down a bitter lower from the canyon at the Stonehedge Trailhead.

The Trails

The trail system boasts over 36 miles of trails. The area has a few hiking-only trails, but most of the trails are multi-use, including trail running and mountain biking. The lower trails are appropriate for beginner and intermediate riders. Ride your way up the canyon or take a shuttle to the top to navigate some technical cross-country and downhill trails.

Whatever your skill level, from green to double black, you will find a trail you love at Bootleg. Given the technical nature of the trail system, we recommend a couple of precautions for riding:

  • Knee and elbow pads are highly recommended; even if you are just going to ride xc trails, the trails are rough, and the rocks are sharp.

  • Although this is stating the obvious, a helmet is a must. We here at the shop wear a half-shells when pedaling and a full face for the downhill trails and shuttling.

  • If you are not running tubeless tires, make sure to carry a few tubes on you (the rocks are spicy).

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