North of Flagstaff, the Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills area is home of a magnificent mountain bike trail system on the northern outskirts of Flagstaff. This area has unsurpassed views of the San Francisco Peaks, the volcanic fields of east Flagstaff, Sunset Crater and even the Painted Desert. Keep an eye to the dirt for elusive black bear tracks. The better known singletracks include the popular Sunset Trail (#23 / 4 mi. / 1300), the gnarly descent on the Heart Trail (#1300, 3.5, 1300 feet ), the Little Elden Trail (4.7mi. / 600 ), the Pipeline Trail (#42 / 2.8 mi. / 100), the Rocky Ridge Trail (#153, 2.2 mi. / 100), the Oldham Trail (#1 / 5.5 mi. / 2000) leading direct from town, and the Schultz Creek Trail (#152 / 3.5 mi. / 600) paralleling FS420.
To reach the Buffalo Park trailhead for mountain biking Mount Elden from downtown Flagstaff, head north on US180. Turn right heading east on W. Forest Avenue. Turn left heading north on N. Gemini Drive to the end.
Overall, Mount Elden Trail System is the 25th most popular mountain bike trail of all 103 mountain biking rides in Arizona.