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The Kokopelli Trail
With long mileage and two days of moderately technical singletrack, The Kokopelli Trail is perfect for riders looking for a challenge and an epic mountain bike adventure. The legend of Kokopelli begins near present-day Grand Junction, Colorado (195-miles west of Denver), at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. Known in Native American cultures as a trickster god and/or a fertility deity, Kokopelli could shape-shift into numerous forms. You will follow and visually interpret Kokopelli’s walkabout, a supernatural quest to spread prosperity and fertility. If you’ve heard or read about the superb mountain biking near Fruita, Colorado (northwest of Grand Junction), here’s your chance to live and breathe it.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration5 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
Home-range of the Ute Tribe, final resting spot for “Doc” Holliday, quirky Fruita (pop. 12,000) celebrates its rodeo as much as dinosaurs; not to mention a headless chicken—named Mike—who lived for 18-months. Mike lives on though, honored with a yearly festival.
Hard by the Utah border, this region is known as Western Colorado’s Best. Reflexively, the riding here reflects a sharp fusion of both states: Utah’s Mars-evoking rocky desert given big-time lift by the Colorado Rockies. After a refreshing stop along the banks of the Colorado River, you'll climb into Utah’s Canyon Country. Like a fast-moving survey party, you will put optics on large iron and copper cliffs which loom overhead on the amazing Onion Creek ride.
Pressing on, you'll ride from the 5000-ft desert floor past great sweeps of buttes and sandstone reefs higher into the snow-capped Manti La Sal Mountains. The payoff: hugging a fast, flowy ridgeline at 8500-ft, looming over endless rolling red desert. The campsite is set atop scenic Porcupine Rim. Awesome.
On this classic bikepacking route, you can expect 14,000 vertical feet of climbing, all told. Your out-of-this-world journey culminates in Moab, given 24-pica, boldface punctuation by an exhilarating descent down Sand Flats Road!
Mixing moderate, and some longer ascents, along with two days of moderately challenging singletrack, the Kokopelli Trail is perfect for mountain bike riders in need of a challenge!