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Hey everyone.

Heading out to Vegas in a few weeks for business, and I usually hit up Bootleg for a day of riding, but I wanted to check out Blue Diamond this time. What trails should I be going for, where is the good riding out there.

Usually at Bootleg I'm on the XC type trails, Mother, IMBA, Girl scout, etc. Also are their any decent hotels in the area? Thanks for any local advice!
 

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RMB So Cal said:
Hey everyone.

Heading out to Vegas in a few weeks for business, and I usually hit up Bootleg for a day of riding, but I wanted to check out Blue Diamond this time. What trails should I be going for, where is the good riding out there.

Usually at Bootleg I'm on the XC type trails, Mother, IMBA, Girl scout, etc. Also are their any decent hotels in the area? Thanks for any local advice!
Blue Diamond/Cottonwood Valley is 20-30 minutes from the strip. Probably the closest "bigger" decent hotel/casino is the Silverton.

You can either start from the town of Blue Diamond itself and the little bike shop(Bike Outpost) has maps OR you can start at the Late Night trailhead off Highway 160. The highway basically divides Cottonwood into north and south.

Lots of trails out there, a lot more than Bootleg.

Check out the sticky above and also meetup.com(Las Vegas Mountain Bike Group).

Have fun. There are locals out there riding everyday.
 

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The Element(Westin) in Summerlin is good. Can usually be had for $120ish to $160ish.

The LA Quinta on W Sahara is clean and close as well. Usually $70-$89.

Both include breakfast and have access to "real" coffee close by.

The Bonnie Springs Ranch is the closest option-Motel/Food/Drinks and will often cut deals for mtber's.

Hard to get lost at Blue Diamond. Best to just start pedaling and explore.
 

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If you are willing to climb to get to it, do the Deadhorse Loop which starts at the Late Night trail head. Get a map at the shop and USE IT! Climb to the second tunnel, paralleling the road, cross under and parallel again. This is double track that turns to the South near a horse trailhead. Watch for the turn to the South after awhile as it is kind of hard to see. We ended up going all the way up on single/double track and using way more energy than we needed to! Then roll to the South, up and down a bit then up Satan's Ladder, get a great view of the Strip at the Wilson Tank, then hit some of the best downhill single track that just comes out of nowhere back to the North of the loop.!! Rip and tear back to the trail head with a big smile!!


Mikey (from Idaho.) Locals may have better suggestions....I think Norman Clydesdale said it best in his last line!
 
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