For Council Bluffs, the promise of spring brings with it excitement for Thursday night Taco Rides along the Wabash Trace Nature Trail.
From April/May—depending on when the trail dries out from winter—to around Halloween, Thursdays on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail are busy with cyclists heading out on a 20-mile round trip trek for a taco dinner.
Throughout the evening, cyclists park their cars at Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park and take off on their bikes down Wabash Trace Nature Trail heading for Tobey Jack’s Mineola Steak House.
The ride begins on generally flat terrain for two miles before inclining for the next four miles. Shortly after crossing Dumfries Avenue, many riders will stop at a picnic area nicknamed Margaritaville. There, riders will stop to rest, chat, and enjoy refreshments they’ve brought with them. The stop serves as a rough half-way point before riders take off on a downhill ride into Mineola.
Once in town, riders only have to bike a short way off the trail to make it to their destination. While Tobey Jack’s is known for serving their Thursday night tacos, riders will also find a menu of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, steaks, pasta, and more.
After feasting, riders begin the 10-mile return trek to Council Bluffs—or they hitch a ride with friends who chose to drive down to the steak house.
Biking along the trail to and from Tobey Jack’s provides riders with scenic views of the countryside and Iowa’s rare Loess Hills—with similar hills found only in China. Bikers are also riding along what was formerly railroad track. The railroad was converted into the Wabash Trace Nature Trail after its closure and was completed in 1999. The full trail is 63-miles in length.
Please visit our online calendar a full list of taco ride events or for more events based in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter for regular event updates.
All taco ride events are weather permitting; you can visit the Taco Ride Facebook page for regular updates on trail conditions.
Event details are subject to change. Please contact the venues to confirm details as needed.
Image credit: Mike Whye/Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau