Our route begins below the 8,000 foot Bear's Ear Pass surrounded by ponderous pine and follows Elk Ridge, the backbone between the Abajo Mountains and the Colorado River. The landscape changes from cool alpine to colorful desert after our dramatic descent to the boundary of Canyon lands National Park. Our final night is spent at the area's most beautiful campsite, Cathedral Butte.
Day 1: Please meet in Moab at 8:00 A.M. at located at 1233 South Highway 191. Look for our sign on the left about 1.1 miles south of McDonald's. You may safely leave your car at our headquarters or you may arrange a pick-up at your hotel. Please call our office to make these arrangements. A continental breakfast of coffee, juice, fruit and home-baked muffins will be served while our staff is loading your gear into the support vehicles and taking care of last minute details. If you prefer a larger breakfast you may want to dine before you arrive. Two suggestions are The Slickrock Café or The Jail House Café both located on Main Street.
At approximately 9:15 we will shuttle you to the start of our tour, which is located west of Blanding, (a 2-hour drive). Our ride begins part way up the first climb on Bear's Ears Pass, which is at approx. 8,000 ft. The day’s ride is not long to allow you time to acclimate and to enjoy the serene beauty of the Elk Ridge plateau. We will camp among the ponderosa pines and aspens overlooking Hammond Canyon. We can easily arrange extra riding for those who desire more miles the first day. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 2: We will ride to the trail head of our hike, which will lead us to a spur of Arch Canyon. Here we will explore some spectacular Anasazi Indian ruins that very few people know exist. Most of this day is spent hiking and relaxing at the ruin site before heading back to our same camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Today our ride will begin on a rolling jeep road across Elk Ridge. Along the way we will view the depths of Dark Canyon, which leads to the Colorado River and The Notch where both Dark Canyon and Notch Canyon drop away from the trail. After crossing the ridge, our ride will bring us to magnificent Cathedral Point, which overlooks the Needles District of Canyon lands National Park. This is one of the most spectacular campsites in the area. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: We begin our day with a downhill cruise to Dugout Ranch just outside the Needles District Canyon lands National Park. Once we reach the main road you will have the option of either riding into the Park or to call it quits and head back to Moab. Our estimated time back in Moab is between 4:00 - 5:00 P.M. Includes: (B), (L).
- Distance: 70 Miles
- Intensity: Moderate
- Length: 4 Days
- Departs: Moab, Utah
- Departure dates: June 4-7, June 18-21, June 29-July 2, July 12-15, August 9-12, September 10-13.
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