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I have been given the OK to let MTBR mountain bikers country wide know that Sedona is having its first Fat Tire Festival on April 23-24. As many riders know Sedona's has fun technical trails that cater to advanced intermediate or higher skilled riders.

The end of April is normally an ideal time to ride in Sedona, due to its perfect climate at that time. Many riders around the country who are normally stuck in a crummy springtime condition at that time of year, might seriously consider giving Sedona a try ,to prove it is in fact a mountain bikers paradise. If you haven't been to Sedona in the last two years, you are in for an unbelievable riding experience.

I, and other Sedona locals, will be showing the attendees a great riding experience. As the self-appointed Sedona mountain biking ambassador my mission is to give visiting mountain bikers the best riding experience for their hard earned vaction dollar.

I am attaching one of my never completed information pieces for some trails and rides that might put a smile on your face. I have numerous other Sedona rides in Everytrail.com that might give you a more comprehensive review of our vast trail system. Just search under traildoc to get a full list.

I hear Ibis and Turner are on board, so it might give you an opportunity to check out a 5" or 6" rig on one of the best trail systems in the country.

As a side note the Sea Otter is the week before the Sedona event and the Fruita Fat Tire Festival is a week after.

Hope to see you at the event,

TD
 

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STT GUY said:
Are the any places to stay that don't cost a weeks take home per night?

If yes list em.
That is a great question. How much a night are you talking about? There are a few camp grounds around the area that are FREE, but the closest is about eight miles west of the event site.

I will ask the promoter to put together a list of accomodations for us.

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You have to drive a bit out of town, but we always camp remotely. (10 minutes from downtown) Usually wake up to some tourists on quads riding through camp, but it beats hotels and camp grounds with RV's.
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mfshop said:
Oh my. Sedona. Guided ride with TD. So very tempting... who's promoting this event anyway?
A guy who lives in Flagstaff and works in Sedona, so he rides here a lot. If you ask me he is crazy to take on this event, but who am I to talk him out of it.

If the weather is good for the event (which it normally is) the riding should be excellent as long as you are shown the trail system by a local or someone who knows the trail system.

If you go out by yourself and are good at GPS tracking you could also have a great time. Following a map here does not work, and you will be totally upset you spent your hard earned wages on coming here.

The scenery is always excellent.

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traildoc said:
the riding should be excellent as long as you are shown the trail system by a local or someone who knows the trail system.

Following a map here does not work, and you will be totally upset you spent your hard earned wages on coming here.

TD
I've been to Sedona three times for a total of about 12 or 13 days now, twice with a buddy and once with the wife for a week. We bought a Cosmic Rays map at the Bike and Bean. The CR's map is ok, it shows the trails but does not list skill levels of the trails...(hint...hint... for anyone who wants to make a user friendly map and make a few bucks) and is a bit vague.

We found that a map combined with some friendly suggestions from the Bike and Bean staff we have had wonderful riding experiences. We did everythng from the Bell Rock, Templeton, Hangover, Damned if I know, bunch of stuff around submarine rock..many mikes of stuff over on the North side of town...it was great. We found plenty of "social" trail by just exploring.

Heck, part of the fun of riding is finding a new trail(s) by accident when you're out exploring.
 

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While everything I have seen on Sedona looks awesome, I have a hard time justifying 9.5 hours in my car when it only takes me 4 to get to Moab. Considering I have still not ridden everything in Moab, Fruita, Price, or St. George I will stay closer to home until I am absolutely sick of riding in Utah. Have a good festival, I am sure a ton of Cali's and Ariz's and even a few Utards will show up.
 

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While everything I have seen on Sedona looks awesome, I have a hard time justifying 9.5 hours in my car when it only takes me 4 to get to Moab. Considering I have still not ridden everything in Moab, Fruita, Price, or St. George I will stay closer to home until I am absolutely sick of riding in Utah. Have a good festival, I am sure a ton of Cali's and Ariz's and even a few Utards will show up.
It's worth the drive. I live 8 hours from Sedona and 6 hours from Moab and have been to Sedona three times since I last went to Moab.

Moab is awesome and I definitely need to get back there (hopefully end of April), but don't count out Sedona just because it's a bit longer drive especially if you can add Flagstaff or Prescott in the mix as well.
 

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KRob said:
It's worth the drive. I live 8 hours from Sedona and 6 hours from Moab and have been to Sedona three times since I last went to Moab.

Moab is awesome and I definitely need to get back there (hopefully end of April), but don't count out Sedona just because it's a bit longer drive especially if you can add Flagstaff or Prescott in the mix as well.
KRob:

Thanks for the plug. I also love Moab, but since I live in Sedona I am promoting our Fat Tire Festival. I know we have great riding and over the last couple of years there has been some new rides that many seem to enjoy. Certainly the weather should be warmer.

TD
 

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Things are coming along nicely for the festival. I am hopeful that Oak Creek Brewery will come up with a special Single Track Ale for the weekend. The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition is the group putting on the event. For those flying in from cold far away places, be sure to check the accommodations page. You can do this without renting a car! http://web.mac.com/stonecropaz/Site/Welcome.html
 

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In the spirit of the New Fat Tire Festival this coming Easter Weekend the Sedona locals have gone out and scouted a new loop that we think will give advanced riders a good cross section of the Sedona trail system. Check out this link and see if ths loop fits the type of user experience you are looking for.

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1044970

There is a partial video at the bottom of the ride description.

TD
 
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