Horizon Park - TRAIL

Horizon Park - Trail, Arkansas City, Kansas

Quick, rocky from place to place, good uphills and downhills, killer uphill at the end of the ride, especially after several loops. When muddy, can be dangerous, but fun. Good view of the river in places. Can be ridden by the whole family.

User Reviews (25)

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the_law_man01   Weekend Warrior [Nov 02, 2015]

Outstanding trail! I've completed trail runs on this trail. However, Kansas Singletrack Society has been doing some work, and the trail is better than ever. There are some good drops and climbs. You'll definitely use all of the basic essential MTB skills and might even reach into your more advanced skills bag. I know I discovered a few skills I need to work on.

Similar Products Used: Miller's Meadows and Air Capital in Wichita, KS.

Several more trails within 1 - 1.5 hour drive.
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4
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4
Steve H.   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2014]

This is fantastic trail! I'm fairly new to mtb'ing, but this was the funnest trail I've been on. I need some more time in the saddle for some of the trail (I walked some downhills as well as uphills), but there was a wide range of obstacles and I was really able to push the limits of my skills. The trail is well maintained.

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5
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4
whilgers   Cross Country Rider [Oct 08, 2009]

This is a serious trail if you choose to ride the whole lap. The top or I think it is called the north woods which is the last mile or so of 11 mile lap is a whole family section. The bulk of this trail is definitely not for the family unless you all are experienced mtbers.

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4
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4
Jason   Weekend Warrior [Aug 29, 2007]

Been going to Horizon many times, and must say for it being in Kansas, this is probably the best trails around. Lots of areas to test your skill from novice to expert. I started going on a beater mountain bike, because all my money went into my BMX bikes, now have a full blown dual slalom bike I can romp around on.

Suggestions if you go:
Pack and lunch
Bring plenty of water to and on the trail
Bring a helmet!!!
Don't ride alone, as if you get hurt out there...you may be out there a while before your found. LOTS of places to get hurt seriously!
Bring a $1.00 or two for a donation for the Church.

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5
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5
BA   Cross Country Rider [Nov 27, 2006]

I rode this trail to get a break from the family while in Wichita for Thanksgiving. Well worth the drive. I am methodically trying to ride every good trail in the midwest and so far this is definitely in the top 3. I consider myself an aggressive trail rider and this trail had it all and was techincal and fun on a 4 inch bike. Plenty of fast twisty sections, little kickers here and there, and even some nice little drops to downslope. The burly downhills were a blast as was the double whoopie. Parts of it reminded me of the edge trail in Fruita. GPS odometer when it was all done was right at 11 miles with the northwoods loop included. Anyway, enough said, this trail made a brutal 3 day family holiday in Wichita totally bareable. If you are heading that way, load up your bike and ride this trail.

Customer Service

Drop in at the trailhead and follow the arrows, if I had time I would have did it backwards too.

Similar Products Used: None that I know of.
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5
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4
josh02_2001   Weekend Warrior [Oct 19, 2005]

This trail was amazing, there is not much to say that hasn't already been said. It was well worth the trip, and i plan on making the drive many more times. Some reviews talk about this being a trail not recommended for beginners but i think if you know your limits this trail is awesome for getting some experience. I consider myself a beginner/intermediate rider and i was ok, granted i did have to walk up some stuff and had a couple spills but nothing major. The trails are amazingly maintained and very well marked. Me and my buddies thought the old concrete plant was pretty awesome, worth getting off your bikes and walking around, and plus will give you a little break. Overall this is my favorite trail i have ridden so far.

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5
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5
bobssled   Racer [Aug 30, 2004]

You won't believe you are in Kansas! The course loop is approximately 9 miles long with over 1000 feet of climbing and 90% single track. The remaining 10% is primitive double track. There are flat and fast open throttle sections as well as wooded trails and rocky, technical track. Rolling roller coaster like descents intermingle with short ascents, drops and whoop-de-doos. The energy sucking climb towards the end of each lap will slow even the strongest rider. After a few laps you'd swear you were on an EPIC! Bottom line, you won't be able to wipe the grin off your face. Horizon is set on a wooded bluff overlooking the Arkansas River as it turns south into Oklahoma. It is adjacent to the Kaw Wildlife reserve. And just so you know, mountain lions have been spotted in the area. This is limestone country... if you know what I mean. Also, lot's of bluestem grass and yucca plants. Kind of a prairie/desert habitat on the bluff and thick woods in the river valley and on top of the hill. Now for some revised info. Horizon Park is really called Camp Horizon or the Horizon United Methodist Center (800.486.4425). I've always wondered if we should start a new thread on this trail, but no biggie. Also, the trail is one big 9+ mile loop, with more planned in the future, not the 10-12 miles stated in the description. Camp Horizon is only 7 miles from Arkansas City, Kansas. Directions to the camp can be found at www.horizoncenter.org . And, some may disagree, but the trail can be highly technical in spots, but for the most part is easy to moderate. The trail is maintained by several local mountain bikers from south central Kansas and the Kansas Singetrack Society. The trails are open 24/7. Hat's off to Horizon for giving us access to some of the best terrain Kansas has to offer! There is no day fee, but the camp does have a donation box at the trailhead, and a few bucks are much appreciated. All proceeds go directly to the camp. Also, check out the Tour de Lizard. www.tourdelizard.com

Customer Service

Starts right off the parkin lot. The trail is easy to follow after that.

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5
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5
catracker00   Cross Country Rider [Jan 01, 2004]

I haven't ridden for a few months butr decided to get back in the swing on this trail. I am used to riding rocky trails in Texas and this has that. This has many elevation changes large and small - excellent especially for Kansas. It has some technical sections that get real hard the more tired you get. I was burning before the first turn back into the parking lot. Very enjoyable and I brought an entire backpack full of water - I drank almost all of it. I'm gonna ride this baby many more times!!

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5
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4
okiecalvin   Weekend Warrior [Aug 18, 2003]

If your in the area you've got to ride this trail--it's got everything. Camp Horizon is a privately owned Methodist church camp and should be applauded for keeping this trail up. Want to ride singletrack-it's there; scenic views-got 'em; steep downhills-u bet; monster climb-they've got a doozie! Pretty well marked trail that took about 2 hours to ride, but I'm sure I can cut a lot of time off on the next trip. (I missed a few turns.) Like I said, if you're in the area ride it and don't forget to put a few $$$ in the donation box at the start, it'll be well worth a few bucks.

Customer Service

Go down from the parking lot and follow the signs. For the complete route don't take the first sign back to the parking lot, besides the fun starts after that!

Similar Products Used: In Kansas? Come on, this has to be the only game in the whole state.
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5
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3
herb   [Mar 25, 2000]

pretty good, up and downs. was muddy when we went and it made it very interesting. the last hill is great for a killer workout

Customer Service

same as above

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