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March 30, 2017

Bike It or Hike It: Best Biking Near Inspirada

Living in Henderson means you’re surrounded by amazing scenery, beautiful 70 degree winters, and welcoming communities. It’s why our Inspirada residents take so much pride being a part of the Henderson community! What’s even better is there are plenty of biking trails to take advantage of for the adventurer in us all.

The city of Henderson is hosting a Bike It or Hike It contest starting this weekend with prizes ranging from $25-$600!

To enter, all you need to do is enjoy any of Henderson’s trails, including Inspirada’s, from April 1 through May 31 and snap a selfie of yourself in front of any trail signs (including trailheads, kiosks, interpretive signs, and signs on paths or trails within our parks). Post that picture to Henderson Sports & Recreation’s Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #BikeItOrHikeIt2017 and you’ll be entered to win!

Getting out there is easy when you’re at Inspirada. There are 85 acres of interconnected trails and parks that weave throughout the community, which is off the I-15 and just 15 minutes south of the Strip. Riders at Inspirada are treated to wonderful views of the Strip while being able to see prehistoric artwork at the nearby Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, which offers some of the best community trails in the area.

Sloan Canyon Trail

Right in our own backyard of Inspirada is the gateway to Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. If you are considering a hiking or biking outing, Sloan Canyon should be at the top of your list. It’s a moderate 4-mile loop that takes you through natural flora and fauna, dry waterfalls and views of 318 rock art panels featuring over 1600 petroglyphs. These early communications document the presence of Puebloan, Patayan, and Southern Paiute peoples (among others).

Stop at the Sloan Canyon Visitor Contact Station, located at Democracy and Nawghaw Poa Road and open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to receive information about the hiking trails, cultural history and wildlife through the Canyon.

And don’t forget to bring your camera to post your picture with the hashtag #BikeItOrHikeIt2017 to enter to win!

Tips to Stay Safe

One often overlooked but critical element of mountain biking is prepping your bike for the upcoming ride. You should perform safety checks before setting off, especially if this is your first time out in a while.

  • Check your tire pressure, which should be around 45 psi.
  • Check your breaks, they should feel firm and springy, not loose and sticky.
  • Check the shifter and make sure the mechanism runs cleanly through the gears.
  • Check the chain and handlebar, which should be clean and properly aligned.
  • Take plenty of water and have a wonderful ride out on the trails!

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