Durango, Colorado
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Home to many top off-road pros, Durango is an access point for the famed 515-mile Colorado Trail. You'll begin at 6,960 feet and climb into stands of golden aspen. Riders can peruse the memorabilia inside the Mountain Bike Specialists bike shop, a crammed temple to singletrack, then ask for a map. [mountainbikespecialists.com]