These flame-colored, slick-rock mountains used to be a spaghettilike mess where adrenaline junkies pedaled at their own risk. But after a trailblazing effort in recent years by the local bike community and U.S. Forest Service, Sedona has emerged as the nation’s premier mountain biking destination. Get there as soon as you can. The more than 200 miles of trails— from easy, multiuse paths to dangerous, technical tracks flying over rock formations and creek beds—are luring diehards from Utah’s trendy and congested Moab.
What to do: Pure Adventures ($875 for a 7-day/8-night package includes bike; $195 for guided rides) and Over the Edge Sports ($90 per person a day for guided group rides) each offer bike fittings, in addition to updated maps of the area’s shapeshifting routes. Book a room at the low-key Red Agave Resort ($139 for a studio; $239 for chalet), mere paces from the mouth of the area’s popular “Slim Shady” trail.
Where to fly: Phoenix, AZ
Evenings: Oak Creek Brewery & Grill
Fitness level: Low to Mid