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Escape to Outdoor Bliss: Mountain Biking Adventures in Vernal, Utah

Are you planning a trip to Vernal and curious about the mountain biking opportunities there?

We set out to discover Vernal, Utah’s premier mountain biking route for novice and intermediate riders. We rode on routes ideal for families or riders looking for a less challenging experience.

To begin, there is no place to rent bikes for mountain biking in Vernal, so you’ll need to bring your own. Visit Altitude Cycle if you find yourself in need of a replacement part or repair services.

There are only a few spots in Vernal for mountain riding. The finest places to get shade on a hot day are in McCoy Flats, Red Fleet, Dry Fork Canyon, and Hideaway Hollow.

McCoy Flats Biking Trails

McCoy Flats has some of the best routes for novice mountain bikers

Combo

The combo is a flat and simple 1.5-mile path that parallels the road. There are a few mild inclines, but overall it’s flat. You can see the road the whole time, so it’s a wonderful introductory mountain biking path. If you want more of a challenge, you can either go out on Combo and come back on And Cookies or do what we did and ride the And Cookies track the entire way.

Cookies

Cookies is a 2-mile route that may be ridden in various configurations, including out and back, as a loop with Combo (the easiest) or Got Milk (the most difficult). There are some challenging uphills that most novices would have to walk, but there are also some excellent downhills and flowing portions. Before venturing onto more challenging terrain, Cookie is a wonderful path to hone your climbing, descending, and cornering skills.

Dry Fork Canyon Biking Trails

Dry Fork Flume Trail

The 4.5-mile stretch of Dry Fork Flume connects the parking lots at each end of the Flume Interpretive Trail to the trailhead for the Flume Trail. This track is 9 miles round trip and can be ridden in either direction via a shuttle or as an out-and-back. While the first 2.5 miles of the ride (beginning at the Flume Trailhead EAST) were quite easy, the next two miles were challenging enough to earn the trail’s blue rating (intermediate).

Halfway Hollow Bike Trails

Corkscrew Trail

The Corkscrew is an intermediate ride that spans 8.5 miles and gains more than 900 feet in elevation. This trail is best experienced going in a clockwise direction. This path features gentle inclines and a few rocky sections, but simple enough for inexperienced hikers. This route is especially enjoyable because of the rapid and flowing passages through the junipers.

Race Track Trail

Race Track Trail’s 4.5- or 6.8-mile circle is an easy-to-intermediate bike ride. Only a 400-foot elevation climb makes it less challenging than a Corkscrew. There are some moderate inclines and declines on this trail and some fast and flowy parts.

Red Fleet Bike Trails

Jazz Chrome Molly

Red Fleet State Park is home to Jazz-Chrome Molly, a local legend of a path in the Vernal area. This trail is another of Vernal’s top picks for intermediate cyclists, but we didn’t enjoy it.   The trail is 5.8 miles long and climbs roughly 600 feet. There are a couple of moderate climbs interspersed with some thrilling descents. There are several tricky twists and turns on this path and some tight stretches of singletrack that require extra attention. 

Best Hotels to stay During Your Mountain Biking Adventures

TownePlace Suites Vernal

TownePlace Suites Vernal is the perfect place to recover after a day on the saddle. Our extended-stay hotel’s convenient location near the gas and oil sectors will make your bike rides a breeze. Our Vernal Utah hotel provides free hot breakfasts, an indoor pool, and a hot tub to guests staying in the Uinta Basin and is conveniently located near Highway 40. Suites come with either one or two bedrooms and a living room.

SpringHill Suites Vernal

No matter how long you’ll be in Utah, SpringHill Suites Vernal’s comfortable and contemporary suites will make you feel right at home. Each suite features a kitchenette with a mini-fridge and microwave and a separate work and living area and free Wi-Fi. Check out this hotel and enjoy a complimentary cooked breakfast, a convenience store, and a BBQ/picnic area for guests to use.

Conclusion

Vernal is home to some of the best desert hiking trails in the country. Hiking around Vernal or Dinosaur National Monument is like enjoying the splendour of a desert walk in Southern Utah or Arizona without the heat.