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Level: Advanced
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +529/463 ft
Total: 7 riders
 

Mountain Biking Red Fleet System

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#20 of 693 mountain bike trails in Utah
#462 in the world

Tucked away in the sparsely populated northeast corner of Utah, 8 miles north of Vernal, is a hidden gem - the Red Fleet Resevoir singletrack network. The setting is awesome with red rocks, pale rocks, friendly dirt, stumpy juniper trees and sagebrush. The terrain is dry-land rolling hills and rocky outcrops. The trails are well designed and they have a certain magic, some excitement and awesome outlooks here and there.

The best way to ride them is to park at the first carpark, less than a mile off the highway. Head southwest down Jazz Chrome Molly. It starts out with half a mile of fast flowing down-sloping trail that will have you smiling right off. Follow it round, taking the left options when you come to forks. After a short pedal on Donkey Flats Road you take J-Boy (some nice slick rock and a few rock drops) which leads into Handsome Cabin Boy (climb a long exposed section to a spectacular flat-rock summit before beginning an intensely technical rocky descent... Wow - mini-Moab!) After some rolling dirt track you'll complete the loop back to the car park. This nine mile loop will see you round most of the network and all the best trails. You'll get lots of variety and a good workout.

The Red Fleet Resevoir trails are visitor friendly with lots of little maps and signs with trail names. You won't get lost - not for long anyway! The car parks are good and there's a toilet.

This description updated July 2017 by Jim Cummings

First added by aroe1983 on Dec 23, 2016. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Vernal city center travel north on US 191 for 7.8 miles... Turn right on Donkey Flat Road. The first trailhead is approximately 0.7 miles on the left. An alternative trailhead is at the Dinosaur Tracks, a further 3 miles down Donkey Flat Road.
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  • Mark Jolley
    *****

    The best trail in the Vernal area in my opinion. Some sections on J Boy are quite technical and are for advanced to experienced riders, but most of it is fine for anyone.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Jazz Chrome Molly:
    ****

    Like the other trails in the Red Fleet System, Jazz Chrome Molly is an outstanding trail. It's possibly the fastest and most exhilarating trail in the system. It flows!

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  • Jim Cummings
    ****

    This is an exceptionally good collection of mountain bike trails. The trails are technically rich and varied. You'll find fast flowing sections along with intensely technical sections. The setting is awesome.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing J-Boy:
    *****

    I love this trail. Very interesting climb to a stunning summit with serious exposure. An uber-technical descent over rocks - Moab style - but it's non-threatening grade 5 and will not try to maim or kill you. You also get some flowing dirt, a bit of bumpy slickrock and lots of guaranteed excitement.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Handsome Cabin Boy:
    ****

    Great ride. Some intensely technical rock hopping stuff like Moab, bit of slickrock (different from Moab!), some exciting exposure, panoramic views up top, and some faster dirt track.

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  • raggedyedge
    Reviewing J-Boy:
    *****

    I have been traveling and riding trails in NM and UT, and so far this is my all time favorite. Gorgeous. Flowy sections. Some comfort zone stretching parts. And even a mini Red Bull Rampage like section with jumps. Great traction. So fun, I did an immediate second loop.

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  • kuala_tahan
    Reviewing Jazz Chrome Molly:
    ****

    Parked on the road and hit Jass clockwise. Starts out with a super fun/fast descent, and we caught it on a hero dirt day. Lots of up and down punchy climbs and descents for a while until you peak out and just RIP down a spine that's set up perfectly; killer flow, a couple little step ups and jumps, and absolutely screaming fast. Definitely recommended. From there went over to Cabin Boy and J-Boy. Well worth riding Jass for that downhill stretch. Nothing technical, just fast desert riding.

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  • kuala_tahan
    Reviewing J-Boy:
    ****

    J-Boy is a blast. It starts out relatively strong and picks up the farther you get into it. Good desert singletrack that has a mix of technical and flow with a fun drop option thrown in. Crossed a road and climbed up a ledge, and that's where it started getting awesome. That ledge climb was really cool, with great views at the top. The descent from there is a blast, and what gives J-Boy its character. Technical riding down rock faces (similar to Ribbon trail in Grand Junction), rock bridges, tight turns. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

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  • WesternSLP
    Reviewing Handsome Cabin Boy:
    ****

    Of the Vernal trails, this was a unique and stunning trail. Instead of the feeling of riding on the desert floor, I often felt down in the desert. When you ride it you will understand.

    Be prepared, a lot of quick power shoot climbs, 10-15 second bursts, along with one gut-wrenching climb up the slick rock. Also, when you cruz down the spine, be aware of the softer bottom area, so you don't skid out like the numerous others. You will see the warning sign, so don't ignore it! The bottom caught me by surprise.

    I was breathing hard in some spots due to my early season lack of fitness, and the slick rock climb. Can't wait to get another crack it this one again since I know the trail. Also, need to pay attention to stay on trail.

    I rode this CCW starting at the West end (at the Jazz TH pull-out), pretty sure this was the requested direction.

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  • jrwest@blm.gov
    Reviewing J-Boy:

    My favorite trail in Vernal! Call me and I'll take you on this epic trail! Thanks to Evan Glenn for the paper work at the BLM! Thanks to the Student Conservation Associaton for building the stone turnpike on the descent.. Wicked Good!

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing J-Boy:
    *****

    5 stars!!! This is as fun a trail as I've seen anywhere, combining the best of what Fruita, Moab, and Sedona all have to offer in one uber-sweet singletrack package. The climbs are challenging but doable, the descents are wicked good fun with drops, rollers, stretches of slickrock, and it's all served up in the most unbelievable scenery. If you're an advanced rider and are going anywhere near Vernal, you must hit this trail. Do it as a continuation of a clockwise loop with Jass Chrome Moly (signed as "Jazz").

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Handsome Cabin Boy:
    ****

    Excellent trail with a nice variety of narrow singletrack and a little slickrock and a few techy sections thrown in for good nature. This is a great addition to Jazz for a longer loop.

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  • John Fisch
    Reviewing Jazz Chrome Molly:
    *****

    The original post and reviews so far give high praise--rightfully so! This i san exceptionally well designed and cut piece of singletrack with a mixture of great flow and reasonable climbs. The surrounding countryside is gorgeous as well. If you're not having fun here, you're not doing it right!. Combine with J-Boy and/or Handsome Cabin Boy for a world class loop that combines the best of Fruita, Sedona and Moab all in one package.

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  • manglertrax
    Reviewing Jazz Chrome Molly:
    *****

    TOTAL BLAST! Perfect combo of uphill and downhill. Really enjoyed the back part and riding down the narrow ridge (fin). Wish I could ride it everyday!

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  • aroe1983
    Reviewing Jazz Chrome Molly:
    ****

    The BLM has worked on the whole trail, so now it properly sheds water, and the downhill section along the ridge is super fast. Come next riding season get out there and ride

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  • aroe1983
    Reviewing Handsome Cabin Boy:
    *****

    Many locals have been riding this trail clockwise. It is definitely worth a ride, especially since the BLM has upgraded a few of the sections to improve the experience* Review edited 12/7/2010

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