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Level: Advanced
Length: 140 mi (225.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +4,724/ -4,482 ft
Total: 155 riders
 

Mountain Biking Kokopelli Trail

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#13 of 1,368 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#70 in the world

This trail was named after Kokopelli,the ancient god of fertility. The hump-back flute player, is a symbol seen all over the southwest. Kokopelli's Trail starts in Loma and goes all the way to Moab about 140 miles. A combination of dirt, OHV, and 4x4 roads with some singletrack. The trail is marked every 1/4 mile and at intersections, look for the Kokopelli symbol. The first 12 miles is mostly singletrack with some nice rock drops that are like stairs, some exposure, and some tecnical sections that you will probably have to carry your bike across. This is a spectacular canyon with great views. Sometimes you are only riding a few feet from the edge of huge dropoffs!! Check out the trailhead map or pick up a copy at the Welcome Colorado Inf. center in Fruita. From the parking lot head west on the frontage road turn left and cross the ridge. Just past More Fun Trail there is a nice singletrack that parallels the road . At about .5 the trail takes off to the right. This is a short climb that turns into a nice slickrock section. At 2 miles you come to Horsethief Bench Loop a 3.6 loop that's hard to pass up! Continue on you will come to a gate then Mary's Kiosk just past this you will get a taste of the tecnical sections to come. At 5.5 miles Steve's Loop takes off to the left although not the designated route this 3 mile loop is the way I always go. It's my favorite loop, with the most exposure. It rejoins the Kokopelli Trail and Mary's Loop. Follow the Kokopelli Trail signs as the trail follws part of the Lyon's Loop that takes off to the west. This is where the trail gets more difficult and steep the trail turns into singletrack when you come out the road turn right and start climbing back up the ridge after about 3/4 mile the Kokopelli Trail takes off to the left an follows part of Troy Built Loop. Some nice downhill singltrack here. you will come to a sandstone creek bottom the trail is kind of obscure here so look for the rock carins. Juat past this section you can see the Kokopelli trail as it makes it's way down to Salt Creek Once you cross the Salt Creek Bridge prepare yourself for a hike-a-bike section up to the top of the ridge.Once on top of the ridge the trail follows a road in the directin of I-70.Just before I-70 the Kokopelli trail takes off to the west and follows Rabbit Valley Road one more hill and it's downhill for a well deserved rest. Follow the Kokopelli Trail through Rabbit Valley.A couple miles past Rabbit Valley You come to a rock formation known as Castle Rock the Utah State Line is a short distance further. There are many ways to do this ride: a lolopop from Rabbit Valley, a point to point shuttle or ride it in two parts You will just have to figure out your favorite route.

First added by lostcause on Oct 5, 2005. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Grand Junction take I-70 west to the Loma exit #15 turn left cross I-70 on the overpass turn right [west] on the frontage road and follow the signs to the Kokopelli Trailhead.
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