I was so excited to give them a try as I drove into Nevada, wondering if I might be the only tourist there. After all, it was the Bike Fest’s first year, and we are talking about Caliente — a somewhat unknown place when it comes to the mountain bike community. I was happy to find I wasn’t the only person to have his curiosity piqued about what turned out to be a very cool town with very nice people and really fun trails.

I met people from St. George and Hurricane and a nice kid from Caliente who was riding for his high school team. I took a shuttle with a couple who had traveled from California to sample the Caliente “goods.” There were food trucks and free donuts at the impressive bike park in town where registration was held and the shuttles to the trailhead departed.

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