No matter what the weather, fall is an invigorating time to be riding on dirt. Enjoy this list of trails for shoulder-season riding to experience cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and scenic vistas that reward the effort.
Remember, safety first. Always wear a helmet and other appropriate protective gear and respect the Rules of the Trail. Also, check trail conditions prior to venturing off-road. Trails may be closed for many reasons, especially with quickly changing seasonal weather conditions.
1. Black Canyon Trail
The 80 mile (128 km) Black Canyon Trail provides mountain bikers with a long range back country trail riding opportunity. This historic National Recreation Trail is of national significance, following a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. This trail provides a challenging ride experience characterized by rough, unstable soils and rocks, with various trail grades and numerous elevation changes within a harsh desert climate. The trail meanders through the Sonoran Desert landscape, including saguaro forests and rugged canyons.