Cowboy Trails - Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cowboy Trails - Trail, Las Vegas, Nevada

DESCRIPTION

This is a fun, semi-technical to semi-sick, stacked loop trail system located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. Take the trail immidiately to the right after entering the gate which follows a semi-sandy wash for a quarter mile or so then starts to climb. Once on the trail there are no trail markers, but it''s easy to follow the trail and a small enough area that you can''t get lost. Take left turns and you''ll have a smaller loop, right turns for longer loop with more climbing and mix some rights and some lefts for an intemediate loop(s). Several options. The surface is mostly packed dirt or decomposing rock, with frequent rocky sections and rock steps. Some switchbacks, some ledges, and some exposure. Lots of sharp rocks, cactus and sticker bushes to catch you if you fall. Keep climbing towards the radio towers and you''ll end up at an awesome overlook of the Las Vegas valley. From there descend the way you came (with alternate options at every fork)for a less technical but fun return or turn right at the antenna for a couple of more techy descent options. The highlight of which is the Bone shaker which has like 20, 2-4 foot drops linked together in a steep, fun, technical screamfest.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 03, 2013]
Nate
Cross Country Rider

Keep in mind, these trails are built for horses and shared with bikers. Trails are rough and steep in sections and can be very technical. Some sections are well packed, but rutted from travel. The best word to describe them is rocky. I've ridden all types of terrain and this is one of the least enjoyable areas I've found. Loose rock gardens, sudden climbs, poor trail maintenance, and a pretty bad design. It's not even that much fun to come down, because you can't pick up speed in the technical sections. The only reason for riding this area is if you're a serious downhill rider or need to work on your technical riding.

Customer Service

Ride up on bunny; don't be fooled by the name. It's still tough and rocky, but the other routes become hike-a-bike sections unless your Danny MacAskill. No recommendations on coming down as I was unable to try out the other side (North).

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Blue Diamond area is much better with more options and distances. Bootleg is short but a great ride with all riding levels and challenges, if you're in that area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 21, 2011]
Eric
Weekend Warrior

A fun trail if you are looking for a good workout with a rewarding finish. The Good: Nice singletrack trails that fork in many directions offering a lot of different rides. Great views of the red rock canyon and ultimately the Las Vegas Valley if you make it to the lookout. The Bad: A lot of climbing (for you DH'ers and Free Riders) some very sandy and rough trails beaten up by the horses.

Customer Service

Take Bunny trail (first trail on right as you pass through gate). Follow up to the fork, take left fork (Fossil Canyon). Once at the top you can cut back to the left and take the "First Finger" a fun ride but adds unnecessary distance on if you are wanting to save some energy for the down. You can skip it by going a few yard further and taking an old service road up a quarter mile or so. It will pretty much end and take a left. You will see a fork, take it right to go into SARS. Follow this trail all the way around to the Radio Tower and ultimately the Lookout. Take the trail at the top heading right (Ridge Line). This is a fun, short, technical ride with some decent 3-4 foot drops. Take a left and your on (Tre Amigos). You will go down one canyon and up another and down again. There is a fork to the right (Bob Gnarly) DO NOT TAKE!! This trail is Bad!! No Flow and very rocky. It is a waste of a climb. Best is to hike bike up out of canyon again and you will meet up at the head of Bone Shaker. Take this. You can head back up the trail and go back through, First Finger, and Fossil canyon, but this is too much climbing for me.

Similar Products Used:

Bootleg

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 26, 2010]
DrHog
Cross Country Rider

This is a great area that doesn't get a ton of attention from local riders. I think part of this is that there really isn't an easy trail in the whole system, so you need to get comfortable on the MTB somewhere else first, and then hone your skills here. Also, there are some great FR/DH trails, but no shuttle option, so I think some of those riders ride elsewhere. These trails are best done with a long travel XC or all mountain rig with substantial rubber (2.2" or more). If you don't mind pedaling your FR/DH bike up to the top of Boneshaker, by all means bring it--you can't have too much travel here. It's best to bring a buddy on these trails; epic crashes are possible and cell service is for the most part non-existent. Views here are awe-inspiring; the red rock cliffs are just to the west, and the views across Vegas are great if you make it to the top of the ridge.

This network is now viewable from your iPhone if you have the Motion-X GPS app. Just download the O-Terrain maps for the immediate area before you ride, and you should be able to orient yourself to all of the named trails as you ride. Also search the picture link near the first posting for a trail network map.

Customer Service

The Basic Climb: Go up Bunny and shift over to Fossil Canyon at the first junction. Steady intermediate climbing over some rocky obstacles, most of which are doable with practice. Trail tops out on the dirt road.

Intermediate Options: First and Second Finger trails, Outer Loop.

To the Top: If you'd like to see the great view of Vegas from the ridge, or want access to the gnarlier trails, take SARS (aka Anti-SARS) past the radio tower to the top of the ridge.

Easiest Way Down: Retrace back through SARS to Fossil Canyon or Cat N the Hat, then down Bunny. Rock Garden is a punishing trail with lots of sharp volcanic rock, but not a lot of dropoffs.

Extreme Downhills: There are 3 difficult routes down the ridges on the east side. Ridge and Bomb Voyage flirt with exposure, but are the easier paths. Bob Gnarly is in the creekbed and not very flowy. Boneshaker combines some nice upper flow with big drops and tight switchbacks to finish.

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Blue Diamond/Cottonwood network (easier overall)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 18, 2009]
poppawheeley
Weekend Warrior

Took the girlfriend again. And another first time rider.

Not the right location for the new comer though I loved it. I mostly ride out at Bootleg so Cowboy trails were mostly familiar terrain to me. The decomposing rock was something new. And there is a lot of lose cracked up rocks on the trail. The scenery, the views, are really special. The Joshua Trees and the Yucca etc.. make this much more of a true desert ride. Great for pictures etc.. I met some other riders on the trail and they recommended I take my friends down to the Blue Diamond area and do the "Late Night" trail. Great recommendation. Smooth hard single track with lots of fun ups and downs.

Cowboy trail is awesome. I loved it. If the folks you are riding with think that you suit up with armor just for the fun of it or to look cool. I recommend a different trail for them.

Customer Service

from hendo take 215 west to windmill. exit west. drive out of town past 159 heading towards pahrump. watch for a paved lot on your right with bathrooms, trail maps and spanish trail info

Similar Products Used:

late night ride. dinosaur teeth.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 03, 2009]
pangster
Cross Country Rider

semi-techical trail with climbing and great decents. let's not forget the stunning views. the rocks are sharp so watch out. i'm tubeless and i ended up with three sidewall tears.

Customer Service

CCW. park outside the riding stables gate and the trail head is on the right after you enter the gate. stay right the rest of the way. i was from out of town and had no problems finding the route.

Similar Products Used:

bootleg (the best)
cottonmill

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 24, 2009]
bikemikemc
Weekend Warrior

Amazing. Vegas recently received some rain and the trails were in perfect condition, tacky and dust free and righteously packed. The climb out of the staging area is amazing and the views (when you can afford to take your eyes off the front wheel) are spectacular. Great variety of fast sweeping hard pack with technical features, drops and plenty of cacti. Pedal grabbing, derailleur breaking, wrist spraining and endorphine feeding trail action.

Customer Service

Up Fossil to Outer Loop to The Top. Down the ridge to first finger back to fossil.

Similar Products Used:

Cottonwood and Bootleg Canyon.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 31, 2008]
WilburKookmeyer
Weekend Warrior

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! We rode this trail while on our way to Moab this year. Highly techincal and excellent views of Red Rocks made this a perfect "opener" to our week long trip. It is now on the permenant list of road trip rides.

The ride up was an excellent series of techincal step ups and up hill rock gardens.

Customer Service

We rode a loop in a counter clock-wise direction. From the parking lot, we took off on the first trail we found on the right. From there we just stayed to the right at every intersection. After a couple of miles of right turns you will come to "Bone Shaker". Take "Bone Shaker" back down hill.
Starts out as a flowy and fast single track. Quickly gets techincal with rock drops a couple of rock gardens and ends on some steep loose and scary single track.... SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 27, 2006]
dnicholasr
Cross Country Rider

These trails are for experienced technical riders or those wanting to take on that challenge. I do not recommend this trail for beginners. A decent level of fitness as well as good bike handling skills are mandatory. The trail consists of loose gravel/sand over hardpack and many rocks/lava stone. I recommend hard tires. The area is full of cactus so bring plenty of tubes and a pump. With all of that being said, these trails are challenging and fun. Ride the sections you can, try some you think you can clean and walk the rest. Each trip will definitely increase your skills. Crashing will be painfull. I rode my Rocky Mountain Slayer with Nevegal 2.35 DTC tires and they were destroyed. Sidewalls were to thin for the lava stone. A great ride for small and intermediate drops. Do not expect a high speed course ride. The ride is more about step ups, drops and steep angles. I will ride it once in awhile for the training but for a good speed workout I will go to the Mustang and Cottonwood trails. Several people wore pads. Probably smart since I crashed three times.

Customer Service

Go up Bunny. Hit any of the connectors. If you have a big hit bike descend on Bone Shaker 4 and 5 foot drops are common, otherwise return on Bunny. Don't be misled, Bunny is tough but it is the easier of all the trails there.

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Mustang Trails - easy to beginner cross country
Cottonwood Valley - interdiate cross country
Bootleg Canyon - intermediate to advanced cross country
intermediate to expert downhill

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 17, 2005]
NMPhi767
Weekend Warrior

This is a pretty good trail. I have seen tougher, but this has quite a few hairy obstacles. There are plenty of rock gardens, plenty of ledges to launch off of and a few boulders to just climb up and over. Most of the obstacles can be rolled if you are not in to small hucking. Boneshaker is not recommended for those without good suspension and good skills.

Customer Service

Go to Las Vegas Cyclery and pick a map. They have the right loop picked out for you.

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Bootleg Canyon is pretty awesome, but a little far if you live in NW Vegas like me.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 01, 2005]
flotsom
Weekend Warrior

Keeping right the whole way makes for about an 8 mile ride. The last ~1.5 miles is very technical downhill made by some masochists. The top 1/2 mile of that last part is what I think they're calling Boneshaker. It's very fun but disaster is never far away - lots of pointy rocks.

Customer Service

From the parking area, stay to your right at all forks for an 8+ mile route. Turn left to finish sooner.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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