Dead Horse Ranch State Park will offer Better Mountain Biking sessions on March 30 and April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2013 and Nature Walks on March 31 and April 7, 14 and 21, 2013.
Phoenix AZ (March 28, 2013) – Better Mountain Biking will take place on Saturdays starting at 12 p.m. and run until 4 p.m., “or when everyone gets tired,” according to Ranger Randy Victory. “These will be trail rides on the dirt, with some practice on the pavement and the park’s skills course.” Victory, a certified cycling instructor, will offer everything from basic riding techniques to trail etiquette. Although the rides are oriented towards new riders, even experienced mountain bikers (minimum age 14-16). “There’s always a certain amount of interaction between riders,” explains Victory. “Group rides where the beginners are supportive of each other, and more experienced riders can offer their insight are an excellent way to build skills, and have a great time doing it. The focus is on fun!”
Riders are REQUIRED to wear a helmet and complete an Acknowledge of Risk Form. (This can be downloaded at http://azstateparks.com/Parks/DEHO and parents must sign for riders under 18 years old). They should also bring water and make sure their bike is in good working order. Flat protection (Slime tire sealant, for example) and riding gloves are strongly recommended. The rides will start at the Raptor Trailhead at the top of Roadrunner Road in the park. Every session is different – the riders are assessed as a group, and the ride is made appropriate for that day’s participants. So it’s not necessary to make it to every ride!
Nature Walks will take place on Sundays starting at 9 a.m. and last for 1-2 hours. The guided hikes will meander along riparian areas or stroll through the high desert trails within the park. Hikers need to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing; sturdy shoes, and a hat. Says hike leader Ranger Margie Sanchez, “You might want to bring binoculars and a camera, too. These hikes are a great opportunity for wildlife sightings and photo ops.” Hikes start at various places throughout the park – inquire at the gate for starting points.
For more information, call Dead Horse Ranch State Park at (928) 634-5283. The day-use fee of $7 per vehicle applies, or Annual Passes are accepted. In addition there will be a program fee of $5 per rider collected at the time of the ride/class.
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