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Model Trails Designations

The IMBA Model Trails Program recognizes outstanding, destination-worthy mountain bike trail systems as Ride Centers™ and iconic, adventurous, backcountry trails as IMBA EPICS. These are the trails worth traveling to, the best places to introduce someone to the sport we all love, and are the facilities builders and advocates should look to for inspiration.

Ride Centers

The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA’s recognition of large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, you’ll be able to ride for days and encounter the best mountain biking has to offer. Ride Centers applications are accepted annually and fully vetted by trail professionals. Find them on the map below.

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ride the rocks

The IMBA EPICS designation denotes a true backcountry riding experience. IMBA EPICS are what many mountain bikers live for and make travel plans around: immersive rides that are technically and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration. EPICS are more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length. The list is crowd-sourced with nominations accepted on an annual basis. Find them on the map below.

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Maps and Ride Guides

MTB Project is a digital trail and ride mapping resource. 

Dream on

MTB Project was developed by IMBA and Adventure Projects Inc., in 2013. Now owned by REI, it has grown to become one of the most robust, crowd-sourced trail and ride guides in the U.S. MTB Project’s trail directory features more than 115,000 miles and 33,000 trails open to mountain biking. Download the app for GPS navigation, add your own photos and route information, and daydream about your next ride adventure! 

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