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How's the riding around Flagstaff AZ?

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I'm considering a move to the grand canyon state, and am pretty set on Flagstaff... How's the riding? Does anyone know if the San Franciscos and the white mtn's are trail meca's?

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I live in the Phoenix area and the riding is good here. If you like tracks, go to socal, because we have crappy tracks here. I don't think Flagstaff is burnt down yet. :)

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I live in a rural community north of Phoenix and am not too far from Flagstaff. The only riding area around there that is very well known is the Cinders. This is sort of an unusual area which features a very gritty terrain with steep long loose hill climbs (much like dune riding).

However, the word I have from the trailriders club to which I belong is that there is a nice trail system in the San Franciscos. But, it is kept as a heavily guarded secret by the locals up there. You may very well find a nice little mecca up there once you get on the "inside."

The White Mountains are very far away from Flag near the eastern border of Arizona. Not much trailriding there, although it is known as a very popular fishing/hunting/camping region. This is the area that is currently ablaze (almost half a million acres burned so far with no end in sight). The Snowflake offroad race is in that general vacinity a little further north (southeast of Flag) and is an extremely popular high speed desert race.

Nearby to Flagstaff is the Prescott Forest which extends from the Bradshaws north of Phoenix northward to near the San Franciscos. This is my primary riding region. In the cooler months we ride lots of trails in the Bradshaws and the desert foothills closer to Phoenix. In the warmer months we move further north into the higher elevations closer to Prescott.

There's also some very nice desert trails in the vacinity of Parker and Lake Havasu along the western border of Arizona which are nice in the cooler months. The Parker race is another very popular fast desert race.

Then of course there is the dune areas in southwest AZ and over into southern Cal. if you're into that.

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My family has a cabin 30 miles from Flagstaff. Ususally I will take my dirt bike up every weekend, and ride jeep trails. There are thousands of miles of two track trails up there. I can ride all summer and never see the same tree twice.

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Hey, YZ400Court, you ever see any singletrack up there at all? With all that two track access, there has got to be some good trailriding spots somewhere in there.

I know that in the areas I ride the singletrack routes can be hard to find unless they are very clearly marked or if you "know somebody". :)

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Originally posted by neWRiver:

Hey, YZ400Court, you ever see any singletrack up there at all? With all that two track access, there has got to be some good trailriding spots somewhere in there.

I know that in the areas I ride the singletrack routes can be hard to find unless they are very clearly marked or if you "know somebody". :)

I think the key is knowing somebody. I ride South of Mormon lake and have not seen too much singletrack that looks like it has been ridden. Mostly cow trails and game trails, but tons of them. I used to hunt the area and have seen hundreds, maybe thousands of cow trails up there. I am always riding alone up there, and don't generally stray from the jeep trails.

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