The Kokopelli Trail begins with challenging single track, leading to fun, rugged 4 wheel drive trails that touch periodically on the Colorado River. From the Top of the World we descend into Fisher Valley and Onion Creek Canyon, one of the most beautiful and colorful spots in Moab's Canyon Country. The final day offers a choice of riding Moab's legendary Slick rock Trails.
Day 1: We begin this tour west of Grand Junction with a jeep road/ single track section of trail from the Loma Boat launch through Salt Creek to Rabbit Valley. The sometimes-technical trail climbs and descends through high desert terrain of juniper, sagebrush, and pinion pine. There are many options available for additional single track in this virtual mountain bike "playground".
However, this is one of the more challenging days and you will feel like you rode more than 30 miles! Our first camp overlooks the Colorado River at a spectacular spot. Because of the single track sections the support truck won't stay with us for most of the ride. We will meet up with the truck for a delicious buffet lunch. Miles 30-36. Once camp is set, your work is done! Your guides will take care of all the details from setting up lawn chairs with hors d'oeuvre and the drink cooler nearby, to cooking up a healthy delicious meal. Wash basins are available for clean - up and a solar shower is usually available for 1or 2 evening during the trip. It's your time to relax, whether it's lounging around camp with our library of books or setting out for a hike to explore your surroundings. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Today we'll ride 25 miles on jeep roads of varying technical grades to our next camp on "Fish Ford" which lies next to the Colorado River. We will meet up with the truck at lunch and it will be available the rest of the day. After we reach camp, there will be opportunities for cooling off and swimming at the river's edge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: We will encounter a short section of single track on our way to Dewey Bridge and then continue riding up a fairly hard climb to our camp on the Entrada Bluffs Road between The Cottonwood Canyons. A highpoint today is the descent into the first Cottonwood Canyon, which is a beautiful oasis in the desert.
In this rugged desert country there are many opportunities to see birds of prey, including bald eagles, fishing in the Colorado River nearby. Other wildlife sightings may include pronghorn antelope, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep and if you are very lucky, a glimpse of a mountain lion. Today's ride is the longest and hardest with 31 miles of travel including approximately 10 miles of climbing. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: We digress from the official Kokopelli Trail Map today at the Beaver Mesa section, which we will skip. Instead we'll drop down into the second Cotton Wood Canyon with a moderate climb to beautiful Fisher Valley ending with a fun 7-mile descent down Onion Creek Canyon. Onion Creek Canyon is one of the most spectacular areas near Moab due to its unusual geological features and colorful terrain. After Lunch we'll shuttle up to the Loop road and our last nights camp in the La Sal Mountains near Moab. If time permits we may take a short hike up one of Onion Creek's side canyons. Mileage today is 20 miles. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: The final day offers a well deserved 15 mile descent on Sand Flats Road with opportunities to explore the famous Porcupine Rim Trail or the Slickrock Trail before dropping into Moab. Choosing either option will increase the mileage substantially.
At the conclusion of the tour in Moab we will provide a shuttle back to Grand Junction. If you would like to stay on in Moab for a few days you will have to arrange your own transportation back to Grand Junction. Thrifty Rental Cars has no drop-off charges between Moab and Grand Junction so this is your best option. Please make reservations ahead of time. Includes: (B), (L).
- Distance: 130 miles
- Ability: intermediate - advanced, part singletrack.
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