Phil’s World is a roller coaster of a trail. Ridden clockwise, the expansive loop winds through forest and gains elevation toward an exciting descent filled with drops, simple log jumps, ledges, and a few technical sections. Every climb is rewarded with a smile-inducing, adrenaline pumping descent. The trail begins with the gradual elevation gain to the saddle, into the Coco Race Section which offers a quick reprieve with a fast and twisty descent before another steep, but short climb. After grunting up the Coco Race hill, the Lemonhead section gets adrenaline pumping with ledges, traverses, and quick downhills. Next, the trail drops into the Maze section for a simple log jump and sharp turns, climbing up to the Elbow Section. The Elbow section is the most technical with slickrock riding and maneuvering. The trail smooths out before forking toward the Stinking Springs or directly to the Rib Cage—the best known section of the trail. From the Elbow section on, the trail rewards riders with rapid drops, jumps, twists, and fabulous flows. A roller coaster indeed, Phil’s World is renowned for a reason. The climbs, drops, and technical sections challenge and excite riders throughout every last mile.

(43.13 km)

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Travel Tips

  • Phil’s World is located in the high desert of Southern Colorado, reaching high temperatures in the summer. It’s advisable to ride as early as possible during the hot season to avoid the heat and decrease chances of heat exhaustion.
  • The trail is challenging and high temperatures always increase the challenge—and sweat— pack tons of water and sports drinks to compensate for sweating out fluids.
  • Finally, throw a pair of tweezers into your first aid kit. You never know when you might fall into cactus and need to pluck out the spines.
  • Check out Southwest Colorado Cycling Association for more information or to donate for trail construction and stewardship.

Photo credit: Pete Eschallier, Kokopelli Bike and Board

Photo credit: Pete Eschallier, Kokopelli Bike and Board

Key local business services


Many nationally branded hotels are available in Montezuma County. Try these if you’re looking for something a little different:
Canyons of the Ancients Guest Ranch
Kelly Place
Mesa Verde RV Resort


Absolute Bakery & Cafe
The Farm Bistro

All Gallery photos credit: Mesa Verde Country tourism office


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