Mountain biking



Sept. 2019

Caliente mountain biking opening

By Dave Maxwell

The same weekend as the rumored Storm Area 51 event is to take place Sept. 20 at 3 a.m. near Rachel, two other events are also slated in Lincoln County. So you have at least three to choose from.

Sept. 20-21 are the dates for the first annual Caliente Mountain Bike Fest, and Sept. 21 is the annual Dutch Oven Cook-off at Cathedral Gorge State Park.

Aliens from Area 51 like to ride mountain bikes and also eat Dutch oven foods, which ought to make for a most interesting weekend.

Trailcats, the mountain bike subcommittee of the Lincoln County Authority on Tourism (LCAT), is hosting the biking event in Caliente.

The purpose is to hopefully create a sense of excitement about the new bike trails in the Caliente area and what the area has to offer.

Mountain bikers who attend will form a baseline network and selected bike industry partners who will help spread the word across the west and other points of the memorable experiences they had riding the trails in this part of the Lincoln County.

The famed song by Dale Evans and Roy Rogers, even though old, rings a note of truth. “Happy Trails to You.”

The biking event will encourage visitors to ride the network of trails and take advantage of local amenities.

Trailcats plan to provide a free dinner and free entertainment for registrants Sept. 21.

This will serve as a warm-up for the planned official opening of the full  Caliente trail network slated for the fall of 2020.

Happening not to far from Caliente Sept. 21 will be the annual Dutch Oven Cook off at Cathedral Gorge State Park at Panaca from 1- 7 p.m.

Four cooking categories and prizes to be awarded for bread, main course, vegetable/side dish, and dessert.

All comers get to vote for their favorite dish and the highest number of votes is awarded the People’s Choice Award.

Visitors will be charged the normal $5 cash park fee per car.

For more information about the cook-off contact Park Ranger Dawn Andone 775-728-8101 or




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