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By Kim Harris
Managing Editor 

'Bikes & Brews Down Grapevine Canyon' kicks off Anza Borrego Foundation bike riding season


Last updated 11/2/2018 at 1:45am

Bicyclists rejoice! In just two weeks, Anza Borrego Foundation will kick off its winter bike riding season at Anza Borrego Desert State Park with Bikes & Brews down Grapevine Canyon.

Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the annual event, featuring Jim Roller and Gary Haldeman, has become a tradition as bicyclists take to Grapevine Canyon every year and make their way down to Tamarisk Grove Campground. Those brave enough to make the journey can enjoy a cold beer after taking in the canyon’s breathtaking scenery.

The ride, which will begin off Wilson Road, does require a shuttle so organizers are asking for patience from participants.

The series of bicycle rides occurs monthly November through April.

All riders are required to wear a helmet at all times, bring plenty of snacks and water and have at least one spare tube and the tools necessary to fix a flat on hand. Bicycles should be a mountain bike with a minimum of 26-inch by 2-inch tires.

Those who come unprepared will be turned away to preserve the safety of the group.

Participants provide their own bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment for the rides, but Bike Borrego offers free half-day bike rentals for new members with certain limitations. To rent a bike, call Bike Borrego directly at (760) 767-4255.

Cost for Bikes & Brews is $20 for Anza Borrego Foundation members and $25 for nonmembers. The ride is free for new members who have joined within the last three months.

For more information or to join Anza Borrego Foundation, which has a forty-year legacy of promoting conservation in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the surrounding ecological region through land acquisition, education, interpretation and scientific studies, visit

This event includes the consumption of alcohol. Families with children are welcome if they can keep up with the group or be carried. ABF may request photo ID for any participant who looks 30 and under. Only those over the age of 21 will be allowed to participate in the “hops” portion of the event. Be responsible when drinking. Camping in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is encouraged and there are several hotels in Borrego Springs.

For camping information visit or call (760) 767-4255.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at [email protected]


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