It’s the middle of March, and cabin fever is afflicting mountain bikers all across the United States. Thankfully, if you want to escape the vice-like grip of snow and cold temperatures, there are plenty of places to catch some rays and roll on dry dirt.
Here are 12 fantastic choices for a spring mountain bike getaway:
Average temps: March: high of 76, low of 58. April: high of 81, low of 63.
Marquee ride: Alafia River State Park.
The Tampa area is home to nearby Alafia River State Park and Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve, which both offer fantastic winter/spring mountain biking. Also, these trails are much closer to the beach than those in Ocala, so if you’re intent on combining trail riding and sunbathing, this is the place!
Saint George/Hurricane, Utah
Average temps: March: high of 67, low of 42. April: high of 75, low of 49.
Marquee ride: Gooseberry Mesa.
The Saint George/Hurricane area offers up fantastic slickrock riding, gorgeous views of Zion National Park, and plenty of bright, hot sun. While this is definitely a well-known destination, for some reason Saint George just doesn’t get the press that Sedona and Moab do. So if you’re looking to escape the crowds, give Saint George a try!
Stay tuned for skibum’s upcoming coverage of this area.