June 15, 2015
This ride is the best definition of a mountain biking smorgasbord I know of. Short steep rocky climbs, steady climbs (no lengthy ones though), smooth fast curved sections, sandstone ledges, rollers, and technical drops are all present here. Add in a few vantage points for great panoramic vistas of the Four Corners region. There is something for beginning to advanced riders to enjoy. This is the perfect place for the beginner to take that next step. The other outstanding attribute is the trails are one-way only. So no need to worry about having to keep alert for riders traveling in the opposite direction. There are several options for loops depending on how many miles and how difficult a ride you would like to do. You can also ride here for several hours without doing the same trail twice if you wish. Even when the trailhead is packed, you can feel a sense of solitude on your ride.
No it is not Crested Butte, Monarch Crest, or 18 Road. Nor should people suggest it is in that class and compare it to those locations. Also it is not a system for those looking for something 'hardcore'. It is great in its unique way, for the reasons mentioned earlier. This is a must ride if you live in the Four Corners, or just visiting for a few days. The added benefit is this system is amongst the first to dry out in SW Colorado. As would be expected, it is hot and arid during the warmer months and there are remote areas, so be sure to take the usual appropriate precautions.
Alien Run, Road Apple