Cottonwood can be mainly described as an beginner/intermediate system with some advanced trails thrown into the mix. Two starting points are typical, in the town of Blue Diamond (at McGhie’s Bike Shop) and the parking area called Late Night (off Route 160 heading to Pahrump). The system includes climbing as the town of Blue Diamond sits at the lowest point of the “bowl”, which is a gradual elevation drop off the Spring Mountain Range (the Red Rock range). Starting in Blue Diamond, you will be directed to go “clockwise” or “counter-clockwise”. Both are fine, the general public goes CW, CCW gives you a bit more of challenge..
Popular trails in this area are:
3 Mile Smile
Dead Horse Loop
Detailed information on this trail network can be found at the Bureau of Land Management website: https://www.blm.gov/mountainbike/nevada/cottonwoodvalley.html