Blue Diamond - Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

Blue Diamond - Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

DESCRIPTION

Red Rock Canyon riding. Hot in summer, obviously, it's in a desert.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 19, 2012]
Esteban
Cross Country Rider

Rode the trail network in April 2012 while in town for a business trip. It about pegged my fun meter! I had a blast out there! The climb was relatively mellow, and the downhill was a riot! So much so, I missed a turn. lmao It worked out well though, cuz it just gave me an excuse to climb back up and do it again!
The views along the trail were amazing. It was like

Customer Service

Talk to the locals in any shop. They were all super helpful. There's so many trails that's your best bet to match what you are looking to do.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Jul 05, 2011]
MTBdaddy
Weekend Warrior

If you ever find yourself in the Vegas or Blue Diamond/Red Rock Canyon area and need to rent a mountain bike, you MUST hit up McGhies. Chris (the manager) was awesome … he offered many trail options and helped tailor my ride based on skillset, interests, desired ride intensity, etc. Chris had my faithful steed (a 2011 Trek Fuel Ex5) fully equipped, setup and ready to go when I arrived. He even did a pedal swap to accommodate my SPD clips/shoes. Price was lowest in the area … best $40 I’ve ever spent, period.

About the single track: riding in the desert/mountains for the first time was awe-inspiring (I’m from West Michigan). Gnarly down hills, breathtaking (literally) up hills, amazing views, astonishing vistas, etc. Local riders where super friendly helping me navigate trail logistics along the way. It was truly a remarkable experience that I will not soon forget.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Jan 14, 2010]
poppawheeley
Cross Country Rider

These posts want to show up under the Cottonwood Trail Reviews. There are 60+ reviews there already. Everything north of 160 is considered Cottonwood North. Everything south - well - Cottonwood South.

Blue Diamond and Cottonwood are the same thing. Maps being sold at the bike shops all define this system of trails as Cottonwood.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Jan 25, 2009]
ROAD WARRIOR
Cross Country Rider

Finally got a chance to ride these trails. Mostly fast non-technical, flowing single-track. If you've ever ridden Gooseberry Mesa these are the opposite. Most of the trails between Blue Diamond and Rt 160 are ok for beginers, but are a blast for more advanced riders riding fast. Some of these trails can be ridden FAST!. Head to the south side of Rt 160 for many more miles of trails. See Cottonwood Reviews. Area is a huge complex of trails, so get a map at the bike shop to help navigate the mostly unmaked system. Or just go ride. Would be hard to get seriously lost.

Customer Service

For an epic ride start at the bike shop and head to Wilsons Tank. whichever trails you take getting there or coming back, you will have a great 25-30 mile ride.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Jun 24, 2006]
KADE
Weekend Warrior

Rode the north section (north of HWY 160)of the Cottonwood Trail on a trip to Vegas with my wife. It was her first time riding off road. The trail was not technical at all, only a few rocks and a few short steep climbs. It was very fast and still a lot of fun for me. A nice change of pace from the technical stuff I usually ride. Mostly hardpacked sand/gravel trails. The scenery is amazing and this was the highlight of my trip to Vegas. We did see some wild burros eating, they didn't bother us and we didn't bother them. It was very hot when we rode in the middle of June so bring your Camelbacks! It was only about a 25 min drive off the strip, so if your're in Vegas go check this out. It is beginner friendly, but more experienced riders should have fun here too.

Customer Service

We parked the car at the Bike Outpost in Blue Diamond. From there we rode south up the paved hill a little ways (1/4 mile) until we hit the trail head. The north loops are all right there. You can head south towards Highway 160, and there is a tunnel under the highway where you can access the more popular NORBA 15 mile Cottonwood loop.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Oct 12, 2005]
tcperkins
Weekend Warrior

This was by best Las Vegas experience. What some of the earlier negative posts miss is that for an out of towner, this place makes a Las Vegas vacation complete. It also is some of the only guilt free entertainment in Las Vegas. Most of the trails are moderate and fun. The Hurl offers technical and climbing challenges. But what makes this ride is the scenic beauty and the contrast from the rest of Vegas. The fact that there is a great shop at the base, the Bike Outpost with reasonably priced rentals, makes this a doable ride for folks who fly in with just their bike shoes, pedals and helmets. Spend a morning with some locals who can show you around. Get a soda or two at the market. Go out again or go hike or climb in Red Rocks. Just make sure you do it when it's not too hot. I like October and April, months in Nevada that offer a great contrast to Seattle, where I'm from.

Customer Service

The Hurl

Similar Products Used:

Don't know of any this close to Vegas.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 02, 2005]
ArizonaAdam
Cross Country Rider

Actually, I've ridden this trail twice. I took a couple of friends out to this trail this weekend, one a first time mtb'er, one an experienced rider with a nice bike, but without much recent saddle time, and me, an intermediate rider. I'll say that I was the only one who didn't crash at some point, but this trail was fun for everyone. There are long sections of gradual uphill, which also means there are long sections of gradual downhill that twist and turn through winding, banking single track. There are a few gnarly sections, a couple of semi-technical steep uphills and downhills, but overall I never had to walk my bike. This trail is truly a XC trail, but if you get off the beaten path I hear there is some technical stuff, drops, wicked downhills, haven't looked into it, not that interested. Mostly, I just had a blast, the speed of the trail is up to you, the uphills are moderate, and there are enough technicals to break up the monotony (if you call it that) of the looping ups and downs. I was riding from 11am-1pm on a Saturday, and it wasn't too busy at all, though the wheather was great, mid 80's, sunny. Bring lots of water.

Customer Service

Getting there: Head south from the strip on LV Blvd or the I-15, take Blue Diamond (Rd?) West toward Pahrump to the 159/Blue Diamond turnoff and make a right, going North. You can then turn into the town of Blue Diamond and start from there or, I hear there is also a proper trail head if you continue on the 160/Blue Diamond Rd and don't turn. There is also a senic route if you live closer to redrock, you can take the 215 out to the redrock exit and go south on the 159. Beautiful drive. I like starting from Blue Diamond because ... Start at the trail head (a rock that says "this is not the trail head"), go up the big, long hill to your left, and keep going, the section of trail I rode makes a big loop around back to where you started. If you don't go all the way, but end up coming back the way you left, the trail gets much shorter, but you get to ride down where you came up. The problem I've had at this trail is finding my way around the long way, both times I've taken a wrong turn at the three-way-fork, which is signed, and ended up taking a small loop back the way I came. I didn't mind, beucase that nasty uphill at the beginning turns into a great downhill, top gear fast.

Similar Products Used:

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 12, 2005]
refresh248
Cross Country Rider

Overall this park was good. I'm from Florida and was not used to the altitude and long climbs. It took me about an hour or so to get adjusted. I was happy with the amount of trails there were to ride and disappointed with the technical difficulty. The scenery was incredible and everyone there was super cool!!! I rented a Cannondale Prophet 1000 from the Bike Outpost for $60.00. This bike ROCKS!!! I would definitely go back if I ever visit the area again.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 10, 2003]
Steve
Cross Country Rider

From the Midwest and wanted to get a workout in, not just gamble around the tables. Took about 25 minutes to get to the trails from Las Vegas, and rented a bike from Bike Outpost. The weather was about 70 F and the trails were in great shape. Not a place to bring a beginner, saw quite a few of them bruised up and bleeding, although it's not too technical either. Rode for about three hours, had a blast. Used to having to ride through forests in Wisconsin and avoid the trees on either side of the trail. Here the only thing to avoid was burro apples and wiping in the rocks. Altogether great scenery, nice people, and a good workout.

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3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 08, 2001]
StealthBoy

Loose rocky beat-out nasty dustbowl "trails" with riders who have no respect for anything or anyone. Too many friggin' people too. Used to be good, but now the place sucks big time, go to Boulder City instead for a good time.

Customer Service

Not recommended unless you like out-of-control buttwipe racers barreling into you at top speed on their downhill runs.

Similar Products Used:

Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City

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1
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