- 4 Days / 102 Miles
- Minimum Age: 12 years
- Level: Intermediate
- Meeting Place: Green River, Utah 7:00 a.m.
- Dates: Scheduled on request
The San Rafael bike route is a technically challenging route. This undeveloped dirt road has steep downhills, loose rocks, sand, and ruts. Riders who have no off-road bicycling experience, or who are not athletic will most likely find this trip too challenging. All riders should prepare for the trip by riding their bike on a regular basis prior to the trip.
Day 1: Meet at headquarters in Green River, Utah. A one and one-half hour van ride takes us to Temple Mountain. The ride begins with a dirt trail that cuts through the San Rafael Reef, then parallels the uplifted rock faces. Stop and see a three thousand year old pictograph panel in the first mile. Test your skills with a quick sampling of the variety of roads, trails and terrain the trip offers. Choose a longer afternoon ride, or shorter ride and an optional hike. Spend the evening in Chute Canyon, just south of the Behind the Reef Road.
Day 2: Continuing southwest, the rough 4wd road climbs and descends through Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons. A turn to the north at Ding and Dang Dome climbs up onto the plateau. At 6500 ft., the isolated mountain ranges that dot the red rock canyon country of the Colorado plateau become visible. Take in expansive views of the virtually undeveloped 3100 square miles of San Rafael Swell while riding on an improved road for the last few miles before camp overlooking Tomsich Butte and the Muddy Creek Drainage.
Day 3: Start the day with a nice descent to the Muddy Creek followed by a long, but gentle climb up Reds Canyon. Along the way, explore the Lucky Strike Mine, developed during the uranium boom of the 1950’s. Continue up the drainage after lunch to camp near Family Butte.
Day 4: The morning ride heads north, through a maze of old ranching and mining roads in search of sites like Eagle Canyon arch, the Lone Warrior and Head of Sinbad rock art panels, and the Swasey cabin. Sites seen and miles ridden are dependent on group interests and abilities. Have lunch along the trail or at the finishing point. Our van will meet us here for a two-hour drive back to Green River.
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