The Barn Burner is located approximately a 40 minute drive north of Flagstaff, which happens to be home to some of the best trails in the state of Arizona. The Arizona Trail, which stretches from the southern to northern borders of the state passes directly through the town. Because of the high elevation that Flagstaff is located at, there exists a perfect microclimate for mountain biking not seen in other parts of the state. South of town, the trail traverses rolling terrain through ponderosa pine forests and north of town, the trail goes along the east rim of McMillan Mesa with spectacular views. From there, it heads north through Buffalo Park before continuing on to the Grand Canyon.
Situated high enough to escape the worst of the Arizona summer heat, riding in Flagstaff is possible throughout the hot summer months and much of the spring and fall. When the snow does fly on the higher trails, Flagstaff residents head an hour south to Sedona for their winter riding fix. Many mountain bikers have chosen to make their home in Flagstaff because of the riding and a cycling community committed to building and maintaining trails.
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Eszter Horanyi lives and mountain bikes in Crested Butte, CO. She has dabbled in road racing, cyclocross racing, and cross country mountain bike racing, but has gravitated towards ultra endurance and multi day self supported racing in the more recent past. She firmly believes that nothing tops a good ride with good friends on good trails, thus she spends her life in search of all of the above. You can follow her adventures on her blog. All articles by Eszter.