5 Best Fall RV Campground with Bike Trails
Fall is officially here, although it may not feel like it yet. And while some may argue that summer is the prime season for vacationing, there’s something so special about loading up the bikes and cruising through the changing leaves and not worrying about overheating while you’re at it. Earlier this summer we shared our 5 favorite RV trips for bringing your bikes with, but now we’ve done the hard work to find the best RV campgrounds with bike trails within the park. This way you can cruise all day and then end up right back at home base, ready for a bonfire, smores, and ghost stories (hey, it is almost Halloween). So pack up your cycles on your RV with our RV bike rack, pick a destination, and get ready for autumn adventures.
Desert Trails RV Park, Tuscon, AZ
If you’re leaving out of Southern California, this is perfect for a longer weekend trip since it’ll take most of the day to drive there, but it’s more than worth it. The bike trails start right at the edge of the park and lead into Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park where you’ll find a ton of great mountain biking trails across all skill levels. And not to mention fall is the perfect time to make your way down, since as the name suggests, you probably wouldn’t want to spend a full summer day baking in the sun.
L.L. Stub Steward State Park, Buxton, OR
L.L. Stub Steward State Park is one of our favorites since it’s only 34 miles from Portland, so you can add on an extra stop (and pick up a few treats from Voodoo Doughnut while you’re at it). This campground will have you nestled in the most stunning scenery, and with 38 miles of mountain biking trails, you’ll have no trouble filling your time. If you’re wanting to add on some other activities to your trip lineup, they also have an 18-hole disc golf course, which is a great way to convince your non-biking friends to make the journey with you.
Coachland RV Park, Truckee, CA
Don’t be fooled by the California address — if you’re leaving from Southern California, this will also be a full day of driving. Which means the gorgeous new terrain that you’re looking for and a great way to get out of your hectic routine. The park itself is home to some tamer bike trails that are safe for bikers of any level, but you can easily make your way over to nearby Lake Tahoe and hit the legendary Flume Ride Trail.
Angel Fire RV Resort, Angel Fire, NM
This is the longest trip on our list, so try to plan it when you have a few extra days for driving. And we also would recommend making a stop in Arizona to break up the journey — in fact, you can spend a night at Desert Trails, which is less than two hours out of the way. There’s no way that we were about to leave this off of our list, though, since it’s one of the nicest RV resorts we’ve ever seen. But more importantly, Angel Fire Bike Park is the largest bike park in the Rocky Mountains. We’re talking over 60 miles of trails and 2,000 vertical feet, all served by lifts.
Zion West RV Park, Leeds, UT
Make your way to the gorgeous red hills without having to spend days on the road by visiting Zion West RV Park. The full-service RV park has direct access to trails that lead out of the park and into the surrounding parks for an endless amount of bike trails. Plus, if you want to add on some more sightseeing, you’ll be able to add Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as stops on your drive.
We’ve only covered the tip of the iceberg with this list, so we want to hear from you! Comment with your favorite RV campgrounds for biking or let us know what spots you’ve been meaning to visit! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.
The Ultimate Hitch Size Guide for Your Bike Rack
Choosing and installing a Hitch Bike Rack
Every cyclist can agree on one thing: life would be so much easier if only we could magically bring our bikes wherever we need to. And while that isn’t the case (sorry to break it to you), we want to make transporting bikes as simple and straightforward as we can for you. Having a hitch bike rack is a great solution since they’re the most secure, easiest for loading and unloading your bikes, and you also don’t have to worry about knocking your bike off of the roof when you’re pulling into a garage (oops). And for biking families, they’re even more ideal since they can fit several bikes at the same time and some even have space for accessories. Once you’ve installed the hitch bike rack, you just have to secure your bike; making a quick day trip to the mountains too easy to turn down.
Start this process by measuring the size of the hitch on your car (the width of the receiver opening). There are four different sizes, so yours will either be 1 ¼”, 2”, 2 ½”, or 3”. The two most common hitch sizes are 1 ¼” and 2”. Although some newer vehicles use a 2.5” which we have an adapter for.
Another important thing is to note the class of your hitch. The class is based upon how the hitch is manufactured and attached to your vehicle. Here’s a quick guide about the different hitch classes.
Hitch Bike Rack Comparison
The next step is the fun part: you get to shop for the bike rack that best suits your needs, whether you’re looking to travel with two fat-tire bikes or you’re taking a four-person biking trip soon. Each bike rack works with one corresponding hitch size, but we’ve listed that for you so you don’t have to do too much digging.
Choosing Your Bike Rack
Road and Mountain Bikes
Bikes with standard frames generally work well with any type of rack that mounts to the hitch, whether you’re looking for hanging or platform. The best way to pick is to first decide how many bikes you want to carry and how you want the bikes to attach to the rack. Each rack has different benefits that may be better for your situation.
Step-through Frames and Kids Bikes
Ladies and kids bikes commonly use a step-through style frame. When attaching one of these bikes to a rack, it is often necessary to use a bike adapter bar.
Carbon Fiber Bikes
With a carbon fiber bike frame, it is best to avoid making actual contact with the frame when transporting your bikes. Our TRS racks are best for these types of bikes.
Hanging racks versus platform racks
It can be tough to decide between a hanging rack or a platform rack if both options work for your bike, so here are some of the top features and notes to keep in mind between the two.
Hanging bike racks:
- Weigh less than platform racks
- Generally cost less
- They do come in contact with the frame
Platform Bike Racks:
- Easier to unload and load
- Heavier carrying capacity
- Increased space between bikes
Now that your car is ready to bring your bike on any adventure you can dream of, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for more biking tips, inspiration, and trip ideas. You can also check out our Fit Guide to find the ideal bike rack for your vehicle.
5 Best RV Trips to Take Your Bikes with You
We still have a few summer weeks, and we aren’t about to let any of them slip away. While quick day trips and nearby bike trails are always a good idea, there’s something special about taking one last long weekend trip (or even longer, if you can) of the summer. Whether you’re looking for a Labor Day bike trip or you’re wanting to use up some of those precious vacation days, get your RV ready with the RV Rider bike hitch rack and hit the road on one of these top bike trips out of southern California.
1. South Lake Tahoe, California
If you’re only working with a few vacation days, heading to Lake Tahoe is a great use of your time, since it gets you out of the city but leaves you with more time to explore the legendary bike trails and less driving time. Besides being so easy to get to, the Lake Tahoe bike scene is one of the best. The trails range from more treacherous downhill rides to more leisurely lakefront trails. The best part about this scenery? You can jump into the lake whenever you need to cool off. Set up shop at Camp Richardson to keep things convenient with that gorgeous lakefront location or head to Tahoe Valley Campground for a long list of amenities, including a pool, horseshoe pits, and a general store.
2. Sedona, Arizona
There’s nothing like those red rocks in Sedona. If you’re looking for a full road trip, this is a great option, since you’ll be able to add in some extra destinations along your way. And once you get there, you’ll have more mountain bike trails than you even know what to do with. If you’re more of a beginner biker, don’t worry — there’s an Intro to Sedona trail that gives you over 5 miles of stunning scenery without any scary portions to have to worry about. But, of course, if you’re looking for a thrill, they have plenty of those for you, too. Establish your home base at Rancho Sedona RV Park for easy access to the trails and local restaurants and shops, if you want to explore around town at night.
3. Bend, Oregon
If you’re ready to say goodbye to hot summer days, then it’s time to take the RV up north for a welcomed change of pace. There’s a reason why Bend has been named one of the best mountain biking towns in the country — there are nearly 300 miles of single track, with everything from kid-friendly rides to extreme downhill rides. And don’t miss out on Mount Bachelor’s lift-served bike park for a day of adventure — in fact, Mount Bachelor has RV parking so you’ll be able to start your day of biking the second you open your eyes. We also love staying at the Bend-Sunriver RV Campground for its gorgeous riverfront location.
4. Moab, Utah
Chances are if you ask anyone about their favorite national parks, one of the parks in Moab will be at the very top. With canyons, mesa tops, and red rocks, the scenery here is unbeatable. It’s pretty widely accepted that the Slickrock Bike Trail is one of the ultimate experiences in mountain biking, so if you’re after a challenge, you can’t pass it up. It’s 12 miles long and will take you about four hours, but you can try out the 2.3-mile practice loop if you want to get a taste for it before committing fully. And Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground is right next to Arches National Park, about a 15-minute drive from Slickrock, so you’ll be able to get to all of the top sites in no time.
5. Crested Butte, Colorado
Save your Crested Butte RV trip for when you have a full week (or more) dedicated to the adventure — with over 700 miles of singletrack, you don’t want to have to rush this trip. This is the longest RV trip on our list, but you’ll pass through so many national parks on the way, so we recommend making the drive a full trip in itself so you can take in all the sights. Once you get to Crested Butte, you’ll have no problem filling your days with a ton of different trails. If you’re an advanced biker, make sure you try Trail 401 — it has a 1,500-foot descent complete with beautiful wildflowers, mountains, and aspen trees. To take it a bit easier without giving up all of the excitement, the Lupine trail will be perfect with the easier climbs, mountain views, and quick descents. Just make your home at Crested Butte RV Resort for everything that you’ll need for your trip.
Whether you try to hit a few of our favorite RV destinations along the way or you’re planning ahead for next year’s biking trip, we want to hear what you think! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.