It’s a great feeling of freedom and adventure to not use a car after flying somewhere.
For those on the West Coast:
I just use a regular Mtn. Bike and take off the front wheel, fold the seats down and use a heavy blanket for protection of the interior. No need to get a folding bike with high cost and low performance.
I have gone to Death Valley with a Mtn. Bike in the back of the airplane. Stovepipe Wells has a great hiking trail about 1.5miles from the landing strip. Ride your bike there and then hike around a bit. Furnace Creek has a hotel and motel with a shuttle that can take your bike and luggage form the airport (1mile). Then you can ride right up the dirt roads toward the edges of the valley or 6 miles to the artist’s drive. Easy (if it’s not too hot).
Lone Pine/ Mt. Whitney
1:20 from Bay Area
Lone Pine is at the base of Mt. Whitney and south of Mammoth Mtn. by 20 minutes down Owens valley. From the airplane you ride up Portal road toward the Mtn. for a 1/2 hour (4 miles and 1,000 vertical feet) then you are in the Alabama rock area where beautiful sandstone formations like you see in Moab have lot’s of trails. Over sixty western movies were shot there. Ride around, have lunch overlooking the valley below and fly back to the coast in an hour or on to Death Valley. In the summer you can bring your backpacking gear and get a ride to the base of the highest Mtn. in the Sierras for hiking and camping.
Lake Almanor in Chester CA (Rogers airport) O05 (“Oh” zero 5)
An hour from the Bay Area
You land beside the lake and they have free bikes to use at the FBO to get you into town for lunch etc. Not good for Mtn. Biking or anything.
Land at Canyonlands, UT and there is a great trail about 1-2 miles from the Airport that will take you to all kinds of fossils and spires. The trail is on the local maps and on web sites of the Mtn. Bike shops. Or take the shuttle into town, rent a bike for a couple of days and ride from there without a car.