For bicycle enthusiasts to start the summer season, the Nevada State Parks offer the 4th annual Gravel Grinder, scheduled for June 18 in Lincoln County.

Josh Ivins, park supervisor at both Cathedral Gorge and Beaver Dam State Parks, said the traditional 35-mile course will be much the same. “It’s a bit more intense than runs on paved roads, and we are encouraging participants to not use narrow gauge tires. They’ll blow out quickly. Full mountain bike tires are best. It’s a great fat tire experience.”

Beginning at Beaver Dam, it is a beautiful ride and scenery in the mountains of eastern Lincoln County. “Our roads look to be in really good condition this year,” Ivins said. “If you have attended before, come out again. If not, make this year the year you do.”

Ivins said there are three routes being planned from 10 to 50 miles. Lunch will be served at the midway stop in Barclay with its picturesque historic church building, and a BBQ dinner at the end back at Beaver Dam Park.

It’s a chance for a complete weekend experience, even for families. Campsites are available at one of the two park campgrounds. Beaver Dam State Park is about 35 miles east of Caliente, or a motel room can be booked in Caliente.

Registration fee is only $40 and can be done online at http://beaverdamgravelgrinder.com/registration-information Sign in packet pick-up will be from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Campground B Group Use Area on Friday, June 17. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the B Group Use Area and ends there as well about 3 p.m. followed by the BBQ dinner.

If you chose to stay in Caliente Friday night, you are asked to call or text 775-843-9504 to sign in.

Another very popular biking event, the Park-to-Park Pedal, and Extreme 100, takes place in Lincoln County in early October.