1. Moab, Utah
Nearest Cities: Grand Junction, CO: 113 mi; Salt Lake City, UT: 234 mi
Moab may be a cliched first entry on this list, but it is not the top choice of most mountain bikers and biking magazines without a sound reason. It is situated at the heart of Utah’s backcountry, with a crisscrossing mesh of 4X4 and mountain biking trails lying around it. Most trails around Moab, such as the Amasa Back Trail and the Rockstacker Trail, are not for the fainthearted and the inexperienced, and should only be attempted by proficient practitioners. What has made Moab a virtual bicycling Mecca is the excellent infrastructure provided for bikers and a host of affordable accommodation options.