Monday, July 6, 2009

New Mesquite Offroad Trails Map

For some time I have been worrying about combining all the trails we have ridden our ATVs in the winter snowbird headquarters area into one composite map. I finally bit the bullet and just spent the time to do it — and here it is: Mesquite-Bunkerville Riding Trails

It must be said, that these are the "verified" trails in the area, not those on the ubiquitous "old time" or "marketing" maps handed out. No frills, no descriptions, no markers (except area labels), just a plain ordinary map of where you can take your bike all in a GoogleEarth .kml file.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."Groucho Marx

Over our many rides, we have come to understand that the "pioneers" seemed to have a better trail system than Mesquite does now. Often we have blissfully followed a road only to find a "cement plant" built right in the middle without so much as a "by-your-leave" and nobody taking the time to either put up a sign or change a map.

But these trails are the ones that we have successfully followed. Some are better views than others, some are "funner" rides than others, and still others lead to interesting short hikes. All (except the backside of Cabin Canyon) have been taken on 2-wheel drive ATVs.

There are still others not on this map, yet to be driven. Please leave a comment on the post if you'd like to add descriptions or additions to any of these trails.

And, PLEASE, send me any GPS tracks that you've followed which aren't on here!

So many trails … so little time!

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JR Dethorn said...

Looking for a fun trail to ride with my kids - around mesquite, nv. If anyone has a suggestion thanks. JR

D J said...

You gave no real info to make suggestions - how many bikes, ages, what you mean by "around" etc.; If you're looking to drive in the city and adjacent foothills I would guess, by now, you're a bit out of luck. The city really didn't like ATVers (no matter what they gave lip service to) 5 years ago when we rode there regularly. By now, they've probably closed off the last drainage ditch and dirt paths that we used to use to traverse through the city.

If you mean in the foothills surrounding the city, this whole blog if chock FULL of ideas already laid out for you in the last detail. Pick one and try it there's very little chance you'll find a bad ride or one that you didn't see something new.

If you want a quick half day ride, just go up any canyon for as long as you want to ride and turn around. Search "keyhole rock," "Bunkerville flats," etc.; if you want a good full day search... well, just troll the blog, they're all good.

If you want a real easy beginners ride, search "three corners," "Bunkerville Flats," "Beaver Dam Wash," etc.

Have a good time... whatever you end up doing.

D J said...

Also, I've just updated the faulty dropbox link to the file now that they've changed all the urls. (at least I've tried to.. let me know)

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