Veterans Memorial Park is a great cycling spot for the entire family. Tri-cycling tots can tootle along the Splash Park’s flat sidewalks. The training wheel set can enjoy a scenic spin around the ponds. Tweens can let off some steam at the Bike Jumping Park, and the adults can get plenty of exercise just trying to keep up. For a little more excitement, the BMX Track is open with membership and a per-use fee. Log onto www.bcnv.org/parksrecreation and bmxboulder.com for more information.
If your idea of a great bike ride is downhill, the 35-mile River Mountains Loop offers a short, scenic stretch from the top of the “hill” to the Historic Railroad trailhead. First, grab your helmets and check your brakes. Then recruit a shuttle driver to drop you off at the River Mountains Trailhead and meet you in the Pacifica Way parking lot. If you choose to continue toward Lake Mead, just remember the only way home is up! For more information and a map, visit www.rivermountainstrail.com.
With trails named Reaper and Armageddon, Bootleg Canyon Bike Park may not seem like a family-friendly destination. But for adrenaline-loving teens and their fit parents, it’s a unique spot to train on world-class mountain bike terrain. Located off Canyon Road above Industrial, over 50 miles of trails snake across the River Mountains’ rocky face. To see the pros in action, check out Downhill Mike’s Reaper Madness, February 18-19. Log onto www.bootlegcanyon.net for more information.