“This park is amazing,” shares one local mom and rider. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and my kids and I just love it. It’s the best thing the city could have done for people who like to ride bikes.” Opened in November 2014, the park—one of the busiest in the city—is host to trails Mesa’s playground for biking and features for all levels. Three flow trails for downhill biking are beginner green level (Runaway Train Trail), intermediate blue level (Squirrel Catcher Trail), and expert black level (Double Trouble Trail).
There’s also a pump track where riders can improve their riding skills before tackling the flow trails. The track was built by volunteers from the Gravity Riders Organization of Arizona (GRO-AZ), a local not-for-profit bike advocacy group that also helped consult on other park features and continues to help maintain the trails.
“This park has really blown away people that use it,” says Chris Head, a board member with GRO-AZ and a frequent park user and trail maintenance volunteer. “It’s a world-class park for off-road riding, and it’s so cool to see people of all ages from 6 to 60 out enjoying it.”
The 35-acre park also includes a three-quarter-mile perimeter trail for people who just want to hike, walk the dogs, push a stroller or ride through the desert landscape.
Desert Trails Mountain Bike Park is located at 2955 N. Recker Road and is open from sunrise to sunset. For info, call Mesa Parks and Recreation at 480-644-2352.