Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

Western Flow

May 2, 2011
Outside Magazine
Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming    Photo: Photo by Yann Robars

The 3,500-acre Curt Gowdy, two hours north of Boulder, Colorado, offers 35 miles of mountain-bike trails that are so well designed (think dirt singletrack and six-foot jumps), the International Mountain Bicycling Association is holding a regional summit there in September. Beat the crowds by heading out on intermediate-friendly, 3.8-mile Stone Temple Circuit, which links up with at least six spur trails. You'll wiggle past giant granite boulders and blast through aspen groves. Afterward, head 24 miles west to Laramie for a hearty meal before crashing at the Vedauwoo campground in the Medicine Bow–Routt National Forest.

NEAREST AIRPORT: Denver, two hours.
EXPENSE REPORT: Two daily-use fees at Curt Gowdy State Park ( $12. Enchiladas and drinks at Sweet Melissa's in Laramie (307-742-9607): $30. Breakfast at Coal Creek Coffee Company in Laramie ( $18. Campsite at Vedauwoo (307-745-2300): $20. One night at the Mad Carpenter Inn in Laramie ( $85. Two two-day mountain-bike rentals from Full Cycle Bikes in Fort Collins, Colorado ( $200. Total: $365