D‘You Like the Dirt? Try 10 of the World’s Best Bike Trails!
There’s nothing like the thrill of the road, whether you’re heading out for an adventure by car or motorcycle. From the natural geography to the intrigue of faraway towns and cities, there’s no shortage of places around the world to explore!
However, for the more extreme-minded, a journey from the safety of a vehicle might not be enough. And, if dirt biking is your thing, you’ll likely be looking for challenges that inspire heart pounding adventure and excitement. Whether you’re a motocross expert or you’re raring to play in the dirt, plenty of trails abide for those who like to get out on the track!
While the sport commonly known as dirt biking became a thing in the United Kingdom, it’s found a place in the world among those who love a challenging thrill ride. In recent years, it’s reached mass appeal in the United States and some of the best dirt bike tracks in the world can be found there! Fortunately, whether you hail from the United States or another part of the world, there are plenty of challenging options all over. From the steep slopes of Machu Picchu to the lesser-explored parts of the Spanish coast, there’s a dirt biking adventure to suit everyone. To get there, all you’ll need is your KTM, BMW or Kawasaki and all the things to carry before you hit the trail!
Hawkstone Park (United Kingdom)
It might seem like a strange place to start, but this track has been around since the 1950s, a long time before motocross was a big thing. While it’s not as popular as it was in its heyday, this particular track has experienced a resurgence in recent years. Every March, motocross champs from around the world come to test out their dirt-bound skills on this old school track at the Hawkstone International Motocross. Fortunately, while the track might belong to another era, the challenges of the past are still present! The feature that gives the park its name, Hawkstone Hill, has a 2-meter vertical drop that will test the best of riders to see if they’re up to the challenge. Even better, the man-made bumps this track features will likely set a rider back if the vertical drop hasn’t already!
The Mojave Desert (United States)
Not all dirt is made equal, and the trails located in the Mojave Desert near Las Vegas attest to that. While Las Vegas might be the kind of location people travel to for a holiday, the surrounding dirt bike trails are one of the little-known secrets near the famed city! Fortunately for dirt-bikers in the know, this area is famous for the races The Mint 400 and the Primm 300. As it stands, the area has more than 100 miles of challenging terrain that riders can zip across, down and over on! Coyote Trail Adventures offers plenty of opportunities for new and advanced dirt bike riders who are heading to the Mojave. Not only will you have the opportunity to see abandoned mining sites and the historic Mojave Trail, there’s also the Panamint and Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Whether you want to take a 1-day ride or spend a few days out in the desert, there’s much fun to be had!
Ernee Circuit (France)
The country of France is known for a lot of things, from its cheese to its champagne to the famed Eiffel Tower that appears on the skyline. But, one thing that most people don’t think of when they think of France is motocross. However, the dirt bike track outside the village of Ernee, France is among the most challenging motocross tracks in the world! It’s even hosted the Motocross des Nations event twice, which lends to its status as one of the most renowned tracks a dirt biker can ride. This track might not be the right place to start for a novice, but for the experienced professional it’s a consummate thrill. In addition to twists and turns that only the most adept of riders can manage, there are plenty of vertical drop offs and hillsides to power up. Given the history and hardship of this particular course, it’s something to experience for the avid rider!
Whether it’s Barcelona or the sandy beaches of Southern Spain, there are plenty of reasons to visit this European country. Fortunately, add one more to the list if you happen to like taking your vacations on the back of a bike! It might seem like the best pleasures the country has to offer can be seen in the famed tourist destinations, but it’s not the case. There are actually plenty of untrammelled areas in the coastal country that offer up stunning views, largely untouched wilderness and challenging geography. Riders of the Lost Trail offer plenty of tours you can take to really explore Andalucia, a lesser-known part of the country. As there are rides for all skill levels, those new to the sport to advanced dirt bikers will be able to find a trail to love! You’ll also get to learn a lot of new skills along the way including cornering techniques, climbs, descents and riding while standing. With its natural scenery and untouched landscape, Andalucia in Spain can be among the best places to head in Southern Europe.
The Outback (Australia)
Given the inhospitable climate of much of the Australian Outback, it’s not a big surprise that a lot of the area is pretty untouched. But, that’s what makes the large expanse of land perfect for those who want to get on a bike and explore the unknown territory. There’s certainly a lot of flat terrain in the barren expanse, but this stretch of land offers up an awful lot of challenges too! You can bike your way through the rainforests of Northern Australia and visit some of the country’s majestic beaches, then bike back down into the sandy, barren stretches of the interior. While you can explore on your own, it can be best to use a guided tour given the heat extremes of the area. Fortunately, locals in Australia will be able to offer some of the best places to spot and show you things you might not be able to find as a visitor! You’ll enjoy riding along one of the most untrammelled places on the planet.
The Algarve (Portugal)
You might think you’ve found your dream dirt bike route in Spain. Fortunately, if you’re planning an epic dirt bike journey, you may want to head to Spain’s neighbour of Portugal to see what it has in store! Portugal is located along Europe’s most westerly point, which makes for geography that is both stunning and challenging. It also makes for ideal riding conditions for the avid motocross fanatic! While you may want to consider heading out on your own, you can also enlist the services of Ruben Faria to explore the area. An experienced dirt-biker, Faria has a variety of trips available in every length, whether you’re looking for a day’s ride or a long-form journey. These treks will take you into the heart of Portugal’s beautiful coastline giving a bird’s eye view from the seat of your bike. Whatever you decide on, the stunning cliffs of the Algarve region will be sure to catch your breath if the challenging ride doesn’t!
Gorna Rositza Racetrack (Bulgaria)
If you’ve ever thought of heading out on a journey to the Balkans, there are few better places for the dirt-biker to go than Bulgaria. Located in Gorna Rositza, this track has been voted as the best in the world and those who have ridden it will attest to the superior motocross experience! While it goes without saying that this track is not for the novice, you’ll want to avoid it if you haven’t kept up on your bike maintenance. So, check your heat shields, bash plates and oil cooler guards before you make the trip. Fortunately, if you’re an experienced rider and your bike has had its checks, you’re in luck! Not only does this track make great use of the ascents and descents of the natural geography, but it also has 28 jumps each lap. It is one of the best destinations in the world for those who really love their bike. While this track will certainly offer up an epic challenge while you’re riding it, there’s a good chance you’ll come back for the thrill at some point!
Wales (United Kingdom)
If you’re already heading to the United Kingdom for the legendary Hawkstone Park, you might want to make a side trip to Wales while you’re there! This part of the island might be well known for its language, its hills and its natural beauty. But, the geography of Wales also makes it perfect for an epic dirt bike ride you won’t soon forget! Not only that, given the sprawl of Wales compared to the population, there’s plenty of room to roam free in this idyllic paradise. However, it’s important to keep in mind that dirt biking in Wales can come with its own set of risks. There are a lot of areas you may not be allowed to ride off on, so choosing to go with Trail Ride Wales can be a good option. Using the network of old roads, these riding adventure tours will mean a lot of gravelly, grassy and muddy roads that your bike will have to tackle. However, whether you go it alone or head off with the group, you’ll come across a lot of stunning scenery, unique wildlife and explore the countryside’s epic side!
Machu Picchu (Peru)
A dirt bike tour can be a pretty great adventure to have on its own. But, if you pair it with the trip of a lifetime, it can be a heart pounding adventure that you’ll never forget! As an ancient site of the Incan civilization that’s only been rediscovered in the last century, Machu Picchu is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Fortunately, it offers up even more than an adventure you can have on foot! Whether you decide to begin or end your once-in-a-lifetime journey by hiking to the breathtaking site, Motorcycle Tours Peru has a few options for you. It goes without saying that the scenery of Peru will be sure to stop you in your tracks. Fortunately, with so much stunning beauty to see and so much countryside to scale, you’ll probably want to keep going to get the most out of this amazing adventure tour! It’s just important to ensure that you’re aware of the things to carry before you hit the trail.
Red Bud MX Track (United States)
While it might just be part of the marketing, this famed motocross track in Buchanan, Michigan claims to have the best dirt on earth! Fortunately, whether or not it does, it’s one of the best destinations in the United States to make a dirt bikers dreams come true. This motocross track, which actually consists of three separate tracks, is known for its annual Motocross Championships. Taking place on the 4th of July weekend, this fun event attracts some of the biggest talents around for an amazing party. Yet, there’s more than just this party to make this track worth a visit. The standout on the Red Bud MX track is Larocco’s Leap, a jump that stretches for 120 feet and was constructed in 1991. Whether you’re heading to the United States on a trip or are looking for some home-grown dirt biking excitement, Buchanan, Michigan may be the place to head!
As a dirt bike rider, planning a trip when vacation time comes may mean your destinations are limited. Fortunately, there are a variety of places all over the world you can head in search of new tracks to try! Whether you try one of the best tracks in the world in Bulgaria or decide on a classic ride in the United States, you won’t be disappointed. With plenty of tracks to choose from and epic trails that will let you find your own way, there’s plenty of earth left to explore by bike no matter where you’ve been!