Welcome to Caliente — the hottest (pun intended) new biking destination in the West. With everything from technical descents to dirt jumps to fast flow, our trail systems have something for every rider — and we’re still building! By the end of 2021, we anticipate having over 40 miles of fully linked, purpose-built singletrack to thrill you, no matter your riding style or ability. And don’t even get us started on the hundreds of miles of gravel grinding! The area’s beautiful terrain, sunny climate, great trails and classic desert solitude create an unrivaled mountain biking experience. Read on to find out more and plan your visit!
Kershaw-Ryan is home to the seven-mile Kershaw Redemption loop, which was designed and built for maximum flow and includes a few optional features for those who enjoy getting some air. More advanced riders will also love Kershaw Redemption for its banked turns. We recommend riding it counterclockwise for maximum flow. Upon completion, Kershaw-Ryan will offer 12-14 miles of trail. Click here for directions to Kershaw-Ryan State Park.
Cathedral Gorge offers a mostly flat 3-mile beginner trail — the Juniper Draw Loop — that circles around the lower park and takes riders right up to the base of towering rock cliffs. Above the park floor, on Hawks Ridge, riders will find a trail designed specifically for mountain biking.
Beaver Dam offers dirt roads great for mountain biking and home to the annual Gravel Grinder.
Barnes Canyon Trails – Everyone can enjoy the wide variety of beginner to expert trails at Barnes Canyon. Mongoose and Back 40 are both fun climbs to the top of the mesa, where you can choose from green, blue, black, or double black descent trails. The views from the trails are stunning. Don’t miss the the beautiful TeePee Rocks that can be seen from Primer and Parallel. Click here for directions to Barnes Canyon Trailhead.
Connector Trail – An 11-mile connector trail between Barnes Canyon and Kershaw-Ryan is currently under construction. This trail will be a legend in its own right, encompassing big climbs, engaging descents, and wild scenery. Estimated completion winter 2021.
Ella Mountain Trail – We’re calling it the Caliente Marathon. By summer of 2022, this will be a 25-mile, 3000-foot descent off nearby Ella Mountain — right back into town. The first 9 miles will open in summer 2021, and this ride is not to be missed. Stunning views, exposed slickrock (yeah, you read right, slickrock), and incredible flow will make this trail one for the books.
Additional Trails – The Bureau of Land Management has been awarded another grant from SNPLMA (Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act) for more trails and possibly another trailhead. Details are pending.
Kids and adults alike have a blast playing at the Caliente Skills Park. There’s a pump track and dirt jumps for beginner to advanced riders. Connected to the skills park is a three-mile stacked loop network of flow trails. You can go for an easy spin and enjoy big banked turns on the blue trails or test your jumping abilities on the black descent trails. Click here for directions to Caliente Skills Park.
Check back for updated information on the mountain bike trails.
All of the local riding is within a short drive of Caliente, so you can easily start and end your day in our charming little town, nestled into a quiet desert valley. There are plenty of options for camping and lodging, ranging from free camping on public land to comfortable accommodations at our local hotels. A popular option is camping at Kershaw-Ryan State Park, a developed campground within riding distance of Kershaw Redemption access. Our local restaurants offer great pre-and post-ride meals, and be sure to check out the train depot, one of the only remaining mission-style train depots in the west.
We respect our neighbors and friends in Caliente, and that includes their cattle. During some seasons, cattle roam Barnes Canyon — if you come across them, please do not spook, harass, chase, run or otherwise disturb them. Wait for the cattle to move off the trail on their own or choose a different route. Remember, this is their home, not ours.
Caliente averages six inches of precipitation per year, most of which falls during the winter months and the summer monsoons in August and September. At most other times of the year, you can expect dry trails. The best riding conditions are typically spring, early summer, and fall through early winter. Be aware that it can get very hot mid-summer — If you choose to ride then, please plan ahead with plenty of water and basic bike repair supplies.
Please do not ride on our trails when they are wet, as they do sustain significant damage. When there’s snow on the ground, it’s usually possible to ride early in the day before the trails thaw enough to be muddy. When our trails are wet, our neighbors to the north in Ely, NV often have great snow biking conditions!
The riding in Caliente is often quite remote. Many areas have limited or no cell service, so if you have an emergency on the trails, it may be some time before you can get help. Before every ride you MUST plan ahead to make sure you have enough water, a basic first aid kit, and the supplies and skills to make basic repairs to your bike.
Water is not available at the Barnes Canyon trailhead. Potable water is available in Caliente at the Depot and the Sinclair gas station. Caliente does not have a bike shop yet, so come with enough tubes and basic supplies to self-support for the duration of your trip. Throughout the pandemic, please plan on wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while you visit our towns.
The Caliente Mountain Biking Association (CAMBA) is a dedicated group of locals who collaborate to support the development of mountain biking in Lincoln County. The group focuses on maintaining existing trails, supporting construction of new trails, developing partnerships, marketing, planning events, and getting locals (including youth) involved.
Mission: CAMBA promotes and advocates for the development of mountain biking in Lincoln County to benefit the local community and the international mountain bike community.