IT AIN'T OVER YET: More Bike Parks Operate into Fall Than Ever Before

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It's that time of year. The leaves are changing and there's a chill in the air. Summer is officially over. But Halloween is still more than a month away, and already the cogs of the ski industry have begun turning, teasing white slopes and season passes. Social media feeds would have you believe you're already living in a winter wonderland—but it ain't over yet!

Don't get us wrong, we love powder days as much as anyone, but more bike parks than ever before are spinning the lifts long into October (and November), and we're out to shred every last bit of lift-served dirt we can.

So before you start waxing your skis or snowboard, take advantage of what is arguably the best time of year to hit the bike parks. It's not too hot, and it's certainly not too crowded.

Here's a few bike parks spinning the lifts late into the season that you can still sample for FREE with the MTBparks Pass.

Don't have one yet? Enter code FALLROADTRIP at checkout to receive $25 off the late season $99 price, making it yours for only $75—half of the regular season price.

STEVENS PASS BIKE PARK | SKYKOMISH, WA

SEVENS PASS BIKE PARK | SKYKOMISH, WA | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

The only lift-served downhill mountain bike park in the state of Washington, Stevens Pass Bike Park is perched atop a breathtaking mountain divide, surrounded by granite walls and boiling rivers. A relative newcomer to the gravity game, Stevens Pass officially opened its bike park in 2012 and just three short year later, is in the midst of a massive multistage expansion and already offers a great mix of tech and flow, Slingshot Wookie and PBR highlighting the best of each, respectively.

If your travels take you through the historic Bavarian-themed Leavenworth, be sure to plan a day to check out the local downhill trails and definitely make a stop at the Icicle Brewing Company for a hand crafted brew. Be sure to say hi to Joel while you're there; he's one of the guys that helped make Stevens Pass Bike Park come to life.

Dispersed and developed camping is also plentiful in the surrounding forest, which is beautiful and lodging is available in Leavenworth, but there's no place like the parking lot for first chair. Stevens Pass is friendly for parking lot camping which is free, and RV hookups are available in the upper lot for a nominal fee.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,784
Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays through early October
Ticket price: $35
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free and 2-for-1 Return Visits!

SILVER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | KELLOGG, ID

SILVER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | KELLOGG, ID | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Not to be missed, Silver Mountain is the number one bike park in the Northwest according to the 2014 MTBparks Best Bike Parks Riders Choice Awards. A growing collection more than 30 downhill trails offer variety ranging from tech to flow and cater to every level of rider from beginner to expert. North America's longest gondola serves up 3,400 feet of ridable vert, which you can cash in on long hand-numbing descents, or lap the upper mountain for shorter runs and variety before dropping back to town.

Camping is permitted in the parking lot at Silver Mountain, which is right next to the gondola for just $11 a night. If you opt for more civilized accommodations, there is a hotel at the base, and even a water park. Get your indoor surf on with a standing wave or lazily float the moat—is also a welcome respite after long, hot, dusty days on the hill.

Grab breakfast at the Mountain Cafe in the base area—we suggest the huevos rancheros, but be aware that Matt, the owner, is likely the guy cooking your eggs, and will also smoke you down the hill. When it's time for lunch, grab a dollar slice of pizza next door at Wildcat. When the day's over, stop at the Hill Street Depot, conveniently located along the bike path on your way back to the base area, for a cold beverage, then wind down at Noah's Canteen for a hearty dinner and another brew or two.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 3,400 feet
Open daily through September 7, 2015
Open Saturday and Sunday from September 12 - October 4, 2015
Ticket price: $34
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Silveroxx | October 2-4

DISCOVERY BIKE PARK | PHILIPSBURG, MT

DISCOVERY BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

The latest newcomer to lift-served mountain biking in the Northwestern US. A trip to Discovery Bike Park is a must for any rider serious about downhill. There's nothing fancy here—not even a real ticket office or running water, but there are killer trails worth the ride. Discovery Bike Park features fun, challenging trails with wall rides, bridges, jumps, logs and drops, designed to appeal to experienced riders, with options for novice riders to enjoy as well.

Located on the backside of Discovery Mountain Resort, you reach the bike park via Old Sawmill Gulch Road, off Highway 1. The old farm truck and roadside sign are your markers.

Be sure to pack a cooler for your trip to Disco as there are no services at the base of this black-diamond in the rough. Apres' biking happens in nearby Philipsburg, MT, where a trip to the Philipsburg Brewing Company will satisfy even the thirstiest downillers with an assortment of more than 10 brews to sample. Local tip: Place a "to-go" order for some remarkably tasty BBQ from UpNSmoke BBQ House a few doors down to enjoy at the brew pub.

Camping is not allowed at Discovery due to its remote location, but a developed National Forest Service campground is conveniently located across the road from the turn off on Highway 1. Philipsburg offers a host of quaint, cozy B&Bs and other lodging accommodations as well.

STATS
Discovery Bike Park Vert: 1,050 feet
Open Saturday and Sunday through Mid-October
Ticket Prices: $28
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free!

BIG SKY BIKE PARK | BIG SKY, MT
BIG SKY BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Big Sky is best known for offering gravity riders rowdy downhill in spades. Techy, rocky, rooty gnar is the main attraction at this bike park, rated in the Top 5 of the 2014 MTBparks Best Bike Parks Riders Choice Awards. There's plenty of fun flow on the horizon, though. Big Sky introduced its first MTB flow trail and has more in planned in the coming years.

Big Sky Resort is located midway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone in southwestern Montana on US Hwy 191.

The base area at Big Sky offers a decent selection of dining options. Just down the road, you can sample some of Big Sky's finest brews at the Lone Peak Brewery. Buck's T-4, Blue Moon Bakery and Lotus Pas are all great options if you're looking for a great place to grab a bite after your day of riding.

The Galatin National Forest offers plenty of camping nearby. But if you're looking for ride-in, ride-out accommodations, Big Sky Resort has you covered there as well.

STATS
Big Sky Bike Park Vert: 1,647 feet
Schedule: Open Daily through September 27, 2015
Ticket Prices: $35
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free plus 50% off OR 2 for 1 on Return Visits!


GRAND TARGHEE BIKE PARK | ALTA, WY

GRAND TARGHEE BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS


Grand Targhee Resort was the first downhill mountain bike destination in the Tetons, and today is at the heart of a riding scene nearly as vibrant as the high-alpine backdrop it provides. Getting off a chairlift that can leave you feeling like you were dropped high on a remote European summit, you'll find Grand Targhee is truly a truly unique destination for any MTB enthusiast. In the midst of a trail-building rennasaince, Grand Targhee's upping its gravity game and new trails, like the black-diamond Rock Garden debuted this season, make it a must-ride.

Plenty of food and beverage options at the base, and down the hill from Targhee is the Everest Momo Shack in Victor, ID, featuring authentic Nepalese Indian Cuisine at a very reasonable price—we suggest the bison momo. Beer aficionados will want to plan a trip to the Grand Teton Brewery and Wildlife Brewery, also in Victor, after a day on the mountain.There's plenty of lodging at the base of Grand Targhee resort, where you'll find some sweet summer rates on ride-in, ride-out lodging as well as on site and parking lot camping. Dispersed camping is abundant in the Teton Valley as well.

If you've got time, plan an additional day to hit Teton Pass as well. Head over to the Wyoming side of the pass and visit Wilson Backcountry Sports for all the info you need to figure out shuttles and trails on the pass. At the end of your ride, hit the Stagecoach Bar for apres' shredding.

STATS
Grand Targhee Bike Park Vert: 2,176 feet
Schedule: Open Daily through September 27, 2015
Ticket Prices: $35
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free + An Extra Free Day Bonus Weekend + One Winter Fat Bike Pass


STEAMBOAT BIKE PARK | STEAMBOAT, CO

STEAMBOAT BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

A new era in mountain biking has been taking shape at the Steamboat Ski Resort and the much anticipated Steamboat Bike Park continues to grow in 2015. The Steamboat Bike Park features downhill and freeride bike terrain and brings a new level of intensity to the mix of popular cross-country trails on the mountain. Steamboat is fondly known as "Ski Town USA" and plenty of what makes it so special in the winter rolls over into the summer months. This means you'll have plenty to choose from when it comes to great food and drink as well as an abundance of camping and lodging options. Be sure to plan a trip to Strawberry Hot Springs while you're in Steamboat. If you're on an epic bike park road trip, you'll appreciate the relaxing soak in the healing waters!

STATS
Steamboat Bike Park Vert: 2,180 feet
Schedule: Open Daily through August 30, Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 27 (plus Monday, September 7)
Ticket Prices: $28
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free!

BIKE GRANBY RANCH | GRANBY, CO

BIKE GRANBY RANCH | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Located in the area of Winter Park—a town adamantly branding itself as "Mountain Bike Capital USA"—Bike Granby Ranch is often eclipsed by Trestle, but locals and racers know this hidden gem is the spot for short lift lines and raw, technical riding just a short drive from the Front Range. Tucked away just a half-hour past Winter Park, it's worth the extra few minutes to skip the crowds and ride free with the MTBparks Pass, especially if you brought the big bike. Be sure to stop at Pepe Osaka's in Winter Park on the way out of town for some fine fish tacos and jalapeño infused tequila. Check out Robber's Roost campground at the base of Berthoud Pass, five miles south of Winter Park. $18 per night gets you a pretty sweet developed site.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,000 feet
Open Wednesday through Sunday through September 27, 2015
Ticket price: $24
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free!

BIKE SNOWMASS | ASPEN, CO

BIKE SNOWMAN | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Already one of the most iconic ski towns in North America—if not the world—Bike Snowmass has proven that Aspen knows how to get rowdy in the brown pow too. More than 50 miles of trails range from cross-country singletrack to freeride, including the signature gravity trail, Valhalla. You've got one of the best mountain town's for nightlife in the country to session post ride, even in the summer months, but the Red Onion is a personal favorite. Anyone who gets them to put an MTBparks Pass under the bar gets a 2016 pass on us. Seriously.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 3,221 feet
Open every day through September 7, 2015
Open Saturdays and Sundays September 12-27
Ticket price: $41
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free + One FREE Budweiser Draft at the Elk Camp Restaurant

EVOLUTION BIKE PARK @ CRESTED BUTTE | CRESTED BUTTE, CO

EVOLUTION BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Arguably one of the birthplaces of mountain biking, Crested Butte today is undeniably a hub of the sport. There are options for everyone in one of the most scenic mountain towns Colorado has to offer. Having grown exponentially over the past six years, the Evolution Bike Park has made downhill mountain biking as much a part of Crested Butte's bike culture as the hundreds of miles of backcountry singletrack. From the steep and off camber expert lines of Captain Jack, to the jagged moves of the aptly named Psycho Rocks and the fast flow of the Luge, the trail build and variety here is top notch. The off-mountain options are worth exploring as well if you have a trail bike. Doctor Park is a favorite for long, ripping descents, and is shuttleable with four-wheel drive and decent ground clearance—a small stream crossing is required. Dispersed and developed camp options abound. Secret Stash Pizzeria is the spot for refilling when your beer and carb stores get low.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 975 feet
Open daily through September 12, 2015
Open Friday through Sunday, September 12 - 27
Ticket price: $41
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free!

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE BIKE PARK @ TELLURIDE | MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, CO

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE BIKE PARK @ TELLURIDE | FREE GONDOLA | MTBPARKS.COM

*BONUS* OK—so technically Mountain Village Bike Park isn't an MTBparks Pass partner, but you can ride free here—any time. We think that's pretty cool. It happens to be the only completely free and open-to-the-public lift-served bike park in the country, possibly the world. Why? The gondola is considered public transportation and paid for with tax dollars. Sign a waiver at the top, and 1,100 feet of bike park vert are yours for the taking. Hopping back in the Gondola to Telluride Brewing Co. as an apres option seems like a no brainer, but be warned—if you're staying in Mountain Village and need to get back, the gondola closes at midnight!

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,100 feet
Open daily through October, weather permitting.
Ticket price: FREE

ANGEL FIRE BIKE PARK | ANGEL FIRE, NM

ANGEL FIRE BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Downhill mountain biking may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New Mexico. Better known for UFO crash landings and vast arid desert, the state also harbors one of the best bike parks in the country. The summit of Angel Fire Bike Park lies just under 11,000 feet below a dormant volcano and even endures a monsoon season. The trailbuilding here is top-notch from the massive jumps of Candyland to the famed World Cup track, making it no wonder why Angel Fire was voted Best of the Southwest twice in the MTBparks.com Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards. The resort offers bike park lodging deals, and the hotel features a secure bike storage facility in the lobby. There's also a new RV park. Looking to rough it? Parking lot camping is available for only $10 per night with restroom access.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 2,077 feet
Open daily through August 16, 2015.
Open Thursday through Sunday, August 20 - August 30
Open Friday through Sunday, September 4 - October 18 (Plus Labor Day, September 7)

Ticket price: $40
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free + 50% off Return Visits!

PAJARITO | LOS ALAMOS, NM

PAJARITO BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

As close to mom-and-pop as a bike park can get, Pajarito is the product of a small group of dedicated volutneers who build and maintain the trails, as well run a few local races. The lifts only spin on select Saturdays and Sundays, but if you time it right, it's worth a stop to ride Pajarito. The trails are unique, featuring North Shore-inspired wood features, including teeter-totters, skinnies, drops and even a corkscrew. There are plenty of natural rock gardens and even some handbuilt jumpt trails. You won't find many amenities at the base, but you will likely find riders hanging out in the parking lot after a day's ride, so be sure to stock the cooler.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,200 feet
Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following days:
June 6, 7, 13, July 3, 4, 5, 18, August 1, 2, 9, 15, 29, September 5, 6, 19, October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
Ticket price: $25
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks: One Day Free!

SUNDAY RIVER BIKE PARK | NEWRY, ME

SUNDAY RIVER BIKE PARK | MTBPARKS.COM

Sunday River's Chondola (yes, you read that right) lift delivers riders to the top of 1,150 feet of Maine's finest technical terrain with options amounting to more than 20 miles of riding. No different than the mountain's winter reputation, most of the terrain found here is intermediate to advanced with plenty of tech and a good helping of New England "slick rock." But the mountain has been working to add machine built flow, jumps and features. Sunday River Brewing Company's Mountain Momma IPA will be calling your name after some hard laps.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,149
Open Thursday through Sunday until September 6, Friday through Sunday until October 11
Ticket price: $29
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket

ATTITASH BIKE PARK | BARTLETT, NH

ATTITASH BIKE PARK | MTBPARKS.COM

You'd be remiss to skip a stop at Attitash while in the New England region. Attitash offers up nearly 900 feet of vertical drop, and the newly opened Flying Bear chairlift allows bikers to access Bear Peak in the summer months for an additional 600 feet of descending. There are 33 downhill trails between the two mountains with plenty of steeps, rocks and roots. Swing by Matty B's in Bartlett for a pie and a pitcher after a day on the hill.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 900
Open daily until September 7, Saturday and Sunday through October 12.
Ticket price: $35
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket

UPCOMING EVENTS
Double Down Race | September 19
ESC Downhill | August 29 - 30
Oktoberfest | October 10 -11

HIGHLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | NORTHFIELD, NH

HIGHLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Perhaps one of the most legendary lift-served bike parks in the country happens to be nestled in Northfiled, NH. Spinning its chairlifts only in the summer months, Highland is 100-percent dedicated to mountain bikers, and no New England trip would be complete without sampling the goods here. From foam pits for practicing your next big move, to massive slopestyle lines, this is a great place to progress on manmade features. Flow abounds, but there's also plenty of steeps, rocks and roots to pacify the purists. The "Find Your Ride" program is perfect for bringing a buddy who's been wanting to give two wheels a shot. The BEERkery in Norhfield is a great place to combine your love of fresh baked carbs and microwbrews.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 627
Open Thursday through Sunday until November 14.
Ticket price: $42
MTBparks Pass Perk: One or three FREE lift tickets any time you enroll a guest in the "Find Your Ride" one or three day program.


EVOLUTION BIKE PARK @ MOUNT SUNAPEE | NEWBURY, NH

EVOLUTION BIKE PARK @ MOUNT SUNAPEE | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

The Evolution Bike Park @ Mount Sunapee is new this season, but with a brand that got its start in mountain-bike Mecca of Crested Butte, you can bet big things are in store for this New Hampsire Bike Park. Kicking off with four trails for 2015, the resort chose to cover its bases from the flowing green Dirt Serpent to the technical black Rock This Way with the blue flow trail Sidewinder falling in the middle. (The fourth trail will be making its debut sometime in August.) It's a short jaunt to the Flying Goose Brew Pub in New London, one of the few places in the immediate region to craft its own beers.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 377 feet
Open daily until September 7, then weekends and holidays until October 12.
Ticket price: $15 (Two-hour), $20 (Four-hour), $25 (Full-day)

MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket and 10% off any other Mount Sunapee activities.

Q-BURKE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | EAST BURKE, VT

Q-BURKE BIKE PARK | KINGDOM TRAILS | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

In the picturesque slice of Vermont known as East Burke lies a mountain biker's playground. Q-Burke Mountain Bike Park offers lift-accessed riding on more than 10 downhill specific trails, but also interconnects with the infamous Kingdom Trails that offer more than 100 miles of singletrack, making this sleepy summer town a must for mountain bikers in the region. Tamarack Sports Bar & Grill in the base area is known for its beer and burger specials with a welcoming rustic mountain pub vibe.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 2,011
Open Friday through Sunday until September 4, Saturday and Sunday until October 12.
Ticket price: Friday | $15, Saturday & Sunday | $35
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket

KILLINGTON MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | KILLINGTON, VT

KILLINGTON BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS


Known as the "Beast of the East" when the snow flies, the Kona “Groove Approved” Killington Mountain Bike Park is making moves to earn the moniker for the summer month as well. More than 45 miles of trail drop 1,700 vertical feet, all served by the highspeed K-1 Express Gondola. K-Town features trails built by none other than Gravity Logic, so you can be sure you'll find your flow on this mountain. There's plenty of nightlife to choose from, but the local favorites are Outback Pizza for a pie and a pitcher and McGrath's Irish Pub for a frothy stout.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,700
Open daily through September 20, Friday through Sunday until October 12.
Ticket price: $49
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket

MOUNT SNOW BIKE PARK | WEST DOVER, VT

MOUNT SNOW BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

No stranger to lift-served downhill mountain biking, Mount Snow put the first bike on its chairlift nearly three decades ago. From the new pumptrack to the freeride Trail 9, Mount Snow's Bike Park continues to evolve. From beginner friendly to pucker factor, diverse terrain and easy access make Mount Snow a mountain biking must in the New England area. It's usually packed on weekends, but the beef and sausage chili nachos are worth the wait at Last Chair Bar and Grill.

Bike Park Vert: 1,000
Open Wednesday through Sunday until August 30, Saturday and Sunday until October 4. Open Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends Friday through Monday.

Ticket price: $38

MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket and $20 off demo bikes.

THUNDER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | CHARLEMONT, MA

THUNDER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK| FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

One of New England's newest, Thunder Mountain calls Berkshire East home and is quite possibly the first ski resort/bike park in the world to produce 100 percent of its electricity from onsite renewable energy. Thunder Mountain Bike Park open for its debut season with 13 Gravity Logic trails totaling 12 miles, delivering a mix of both handbuilt singletrack and machine-built trails from beginner to expert. If you get tired of two wheels, take a run on the world's longest mountain coaster. The mountain's own Crazy Horse lodge is the perfect spot for a beer and a burger.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,000
Open Thursday through Monday until September 7, Friday through Sunday until October 31.
Ticket price: $39
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket


WHITEFACE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | WHITEFACE, NY

WHITEFACE BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

With the largest vertical drop on the Atlantic seaboard to its credit, Whiteface is known for East Coast gnar. Although a bit secluded, this resort is worth the drive. The Cloudsplitter gondola delivers you to the summit of Little Whiteface, where you're only trail options are black and double-black. Big bike territory without a doubt, Whiteface features slabs, drops and steeps with runs that average about 40 minutes. Beginner and intermediate riders can access more progressive terrain via a shuttle that leaves the base twice per hour. You can take a trail bike to a local cliff diving spot to cool off at the end of the day. Nothing relaxes you after a long, adrenaline-addled day like hucking a 60-footer. Don't worry, there's a 30-foot chicken line. Just don't belly flop.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 2,500
Open daily until September 7, Friday through Sunday until October 11.
Ticket price: $45
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket and 10% off return visits

PLATTEKILL BIKE PARK | ROXBURY, NY

PLATTEKILL BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Known affectionately by some as "Splatterkill," Plattekill is one of the OG's of East Coast downhill. The resort has been loading bikes on its chairs since '95, and its spiderweb of trails extends far beyond what the trail map suggests. Steep, rooty and with plenty of shale and sharp slabs that can often be used as natural ramps, this is another one expert riders won't want to miss, but there are some beginner friendly options as well.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,100
Open Saturday and Sunday until October 11.
Ticket price: $35
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket and 10% off return visits

UPCOMING EVENTS
Plattekill New England and Atlantic Downhill Finals | October 11

MOUNTAIN CREEK BIKE PARK | VERNON, NJ

MOUNTAIN CREEK BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

The Garden State's one and only option for lift-served gravity goodness, Mountain Creek doesn't disappoint. Just over an hour from the Big Apple, Mountain Creek Bike park offers an impressive build with a good variety of tech, flow and manmade features. A new green flow trail was added this season. The 50th trail at Mountain Creek, Greenhorn is also the longest, winding from the top of the mountain, but there's still plenty here for advanced riders. And don't forget to get your German on at the Biergarten.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,040
Open daily until September 7, Friday through Sunday until November 1.
Ticket price: $43
MTBparks Pass Perks: One FREE lift ticket, 50% off on return visits, 20% off bike rentals (weekdays, except holidays), 10% off private lessons anytime, 10% off at the Mountain Creek Water Park, 10% off lodging at Mountain Creek Resort, 10% off mid-week lodging packages

UPCOMING EVENTS
King of the Mountain Enduro | October 4
Eastern States Cup East Coast Championships | October 16 - 18


BLUE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | PALMERTON, PA

BLUE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, PA | FREE GONDOLA | MTBPARKS.COM

While there are some manmade features to be found at Blue Mountain Bike Park, the majority of the trails are more roughed in singletrack than sculpted flow. Loose rocks and natural terrain make up the downhill courses, which is just fine by us. The newest expert freeride trail, Empire, is an exception to the rule, offering up high-speed tabletops, berms and features. The Slopeside Pub and Grill is a good spot for live music and cold drinks.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,082
Open Saturday and Sunday until November 1.
Ticket price: $35
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket and $5 off return visits

TIMBERLINE BIKE PARK | DAVIS, WV

TIMBERLINE BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

Timberline's trails are mostly natural fall-line trails etched into the tacky West Virginia soil. Ungroomed and raw, there are a few jumps and small features thrown in for good measure, but don't expect sculpted sidewalks here. Raw and real, Timberline is reminiscent of upstate New York tech mixed with tacky southern soil.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,000
Open Saturday and Sunday until November TBD.
Ticket price: $25
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket

UPCOMING EVENTS
3rd annual Gnar-B-Q Party | Last Weekend in October


SNOWSHOE BIKE PARK | SNOWSHOE, WV

SNOW SHOE BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

With almost 40 downhill specific trails ranging from green machine-built flow to root-strewn staircases, Snowshoe offers some of the best—and most diverse—riding in the Mid-Atlantic, if not the country. With plenty of big moves, rocks and wood featues, and a respectable grade, it's one of the resorts in its region where a big bike is truly at home.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,500
Open Thursday through Sunday until August 30, Friday through Sunday until October 6.
Ticket price: $25
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket and 50% off return visits.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Southeastern Gravity Series | September 25 – 27

BRYCE BIKE PARK | BASYE, VA

BRYCE BIKE PARK | FREE LIFT TICKETS | MTBPARKS PASS

A custom-built bike park concept from the beginning, Bryce Bike Park is the brainchild of Gravity Logic, 402 Trails and Trek bikes. Being planned and built all at once as opposed to evolving over the years gives it a decidely modern feel with plenty of flow and both vert and real estate are well used, making the 500 feet of vert feel like much more. New features and trails are still being added, and gravity bikes are welcome, but there's plenty of fun to be had here on an all-mountain/enduro rig. Like many east coast parks, Bryce can be downright magical in the fall when the leaves change.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 500
Open daily until September 7, Saturday and Sunday until October 25
Ticket price: $25
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket

BAILEY MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK | MARSHALL, NC

Bailey Mountain Bike Park made history when it announced it would be the first year-round downhill mountain-bike park in the United States, and opened this season to accolades from riders. With six downhill trails currently on tap via reservation-only shuttle service, plenty more are in the works, as are plans for a chairlift. Just a short 20-minute drive from the urban center of Asheville, more than 1,000 vertical feet of year-round riding sounds like a recipe for success to us.

STATS
Bike Park Vert: 1,000
Open Saturday and Sunday, year round.
Ticket price: $35
MTBparks Pass Perk: One FREE lift ticket and 10% off return visits through 2015.


But wait, there's more!

If that isn't enough, there's still Blue Mountain Bike Park in Ontario, and Sugarloaf Bike Park in New Brunswick, Canada to add to your road trip bucketlist. If you're closer to the mid-west, add Spirit Mountain Bike Park, MN and Boyne Highlands, MI to your map as well.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Now that we've taken the liberty of helping you plan at least one more epic road trip, and hitting all these great bike parks for less than a hundred bucks, you have no excuse. Call your buddies, load the bikes, stock the cooler, fill the tank and dig spare change out of the sofa—we'll take care of the lift tickets.

Don't have an MTBparks Pass yet? Head on over to the store and get yours today!

Enter code FALLROADTRIP at checkout to receive $25 off the late season $99 price, making it yours for only $75—half of the regular season price.

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