Wyoming is one of the Rocky Mountain states—and as such, it’s the perfect backdrop for mountain biking. Hit the heights with some serious technical climbs. Go bombing down some of the sickest downhills you’ve seen. Then relax and ride across rolling plains.
It doesn’t get much better than this. Wyoming is yet another state with a passionate mountain biking community—so let’s go through some of the top trails here.
Fountain Pot Loop
If you want to go biking with your kids, this is the trail for you. Start by camping in Yellowstone and then head out into the open country. This fourteen-mile trail offers a lot of beautiful scenery.
Pack a picnic lunch and stop off somewhere with your family for a break. Then be sure to head over and look at the springs in Yellowstone; check out the bison in the park, and don’t forget to also stop off at some of the gorgeous lakes for a few breathers.
The Fountain Pot Loop does head up a bit, so your kids get to experience an easy climb. The path is often littered with small stones, so that could be their first introduction to rock gardens.
This trail is all about an easy ride. If you’re looking for thrills and spills, this is not the right place for you. That said, there’s plenty more that Wyoming has to offer, so don’t worry if you need to skip this one.
If you’re up for a challenge, try the Slickrock Trail in Cody. Not to be confused with the trail of the same name in Utah, this offers a similar experience all the same. Considering that petrified sand is difficult to come by here, it also makes this trail unique.
Be warned, slickrock riding requires a high level of skill, and it’s not for newbies. This trail is intended for those with intermediate or advanced skills. It’s only 7.5 miles, but don’t let that fool you.
Slickrock riding is incredibly challenging because it’s so very easy to slide on. It’s also quite easy to get lost on this trail, so be sure to look out for landmarks to note your position. The sandstone can also be treacherous, so it’s best to ride carefully, at least at first.
Most riders stick to the outside edges of the outcropping until they get their bearings. The trail is double-tracked, but many riders work around it counterclockwise. If you’re an advanced rider, head off to the interior of the trail for a challenging ride.
Game Creek Loop
Now we’re off to Jackson. This town has a lot of recreational activities to enjoy. The Loop in question is very popular and winds its way through meadows and forests. Visit during the spring to see nature at its full-blooming best.
Game Creek Loop is 18.5 miles and a great spot to view the Teton Valley. The trail seems deceptively simple to start because the first section tracks the Flat Creek, which is pretty easy. Just carry on, though. You’ll soon work up a sweat with the frequent undulations in the track.
If you like to push yourself to the limit, the climbs along the way can be brutal, and the final five or six miles are not to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s something that you should never tackle on your own; using the buddy system here is the safest way to go because this section of track is brutal for even more experienced riders. You’ll have to concentrate hard because there are many obstacles to get past. That said, it’s quite exhilarating to come through at the end and know you’ve conquered this beast of a trail.
Wilson is a small town that lives in the shadow of Jackson. It’s not famous for much, but this Loop draws more and more riders each year. And note that you need to have some solid technical skills here.
It’s only 14.4 miles, but that is misleading. Trust us—this is going to be one of the tougher rides of your mountain-biking career. You’ll start at Fish Creek Road and work your way uphill; once there, you’ll have to battle gravel that seems hellbent on making you wipe out.
You’ll need to suck it up to get past this section, but that’s only the start of the difficulty. Your calves will be crying out for relief by the time you get to the downhill section. Get ready for a rough ride and keep your eyes peeled.
You’ll have to navigate past berms, roots, and a range of other obstacles. If you make it through this trail without ditching or sliding, you have some mad skills.
Curt Gowdy State Park
This is an award-winning trail in Cheyenne, and it has received the distinction of being awarded the honors as the best mountain biking trail in the state. It’s classified as an “Epic” ride by the IMBA…and that’s a title that isn’t awarded lightly.
The trail is only about 19 miles long, but you’ll have climbed around 2,260 feet by the time you’ve completed it.
If you enjoy tackling technical climbs and rock gardens, this is the perfect trail for you. And know this: You’re going to need a lot of experience to handle this run. Even the bravest rider will think twice about bombing down this baby—it almost seems as if the rocks jump in your way.
You’ll also have to navigate boulders and can expect some airtime. There are some flat sections along the trail that you can let loose on as well.
What makes this trail really special, though, is the scenery; it’s miles and miles of natural wilderness. You’ll go past creeks, lakes, and plenty of beautiful rock formations. Hit the park in spring and see Wyoming flora at its best.
Wyoming is the destination of choice for some of the top riders in the world. The state offers a range of unique trails and experiences, and it’s got some of the most technically challenging and unique trails in the country…and it absolutely deserves a spot on your bucket list.
Wyoming Mountain Bike Trail Map
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