Kokopelli's Trail

Moab, Utah

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Imagine mountain biking 142 miles across the remote desert backcountry, over sun-baked redrock, through deep river canyons, and past forested mountain slopes. Dream of a premier mountain-biking trail that connects two states but recognizes no border between them. Picture volunteers and private businesses banding together—without a budget, without bylaws, and without bickering. Think of federal land agencies lending feverish support, cutting through often beleaguering red tape to approve the construction of hand-built singletrack. And, envision the Hopi Indians performing a sacred dance to bless the route. Kokopelli’s Trail, like the mystical humpbacked flute player of Hopi legend, wanders across the Colorado Plateau, crossing deserts, canyons, and mountainsides along the way. The trail is 142 miles of Canyon Country travel at its best. The route combines all aspects of mountain-bike travel from improved dirt roads, to rugged four-wheel-drive roads, to exacting singletracks. There’s even some slickrock thrown in for good measure. There are three approaches to riding Kokopelli’s Trail: self-supported by packing all your gear on your bike; using one support vehicle that meets you at the end of each section (this includes being catered by a tour outfitter); or using two vehicles and configuring shuttles each day for each section. Regardless, Kokopelli’s is typically ridden as a six-day tour, based largely on convenient vehicle-access points and camping areas.
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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Imagine mountain biking 142 miles across the remote desert backcountry, over sun-baked redrock, through deep river canyons, and past forested mountain slopes. Dream of a premier mountain-biking trail that connects two states but recognizes no border between them. Picture volunteers and private businesses banding together—without a budget, without bylaws, and without bickering. Think of federal land agencies lending feverish support, cutting through often beleaguering red tape to approve the construction of hand-built singletrack. And, envision the Hopi Indians performing a sacred dance to bless the route. Kokopelli’s Trail, like the mystical humpbacked flute player of Hopi legend, wanders across the Colorado Plateau, crossing deserts, canyons, and mountainsides along the way.

The trail is 142 miles of Canyon Country travel at its best. The route combines all aspects of mountain-bike travel from improved dirt roads, to rugged four-wheel-drive roads, to exacting singletracks. There’s even some slickrock thrown in for good measure. There are three approaches to riding Kokopelli’s Trail: self-supported by packing all your gear on your bike; using one support vehicle that meets you at the end of each section (this includes being catered by a tour outfitter); or using two vehicles and configuring shuttles each day for each section. Regardless, Kokopelli’s is typically ridden as a six-day tour, based largely on convenient vehicle-access points and camping areas.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 142
Elevation Gain: 4,040 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Spring (March through mid-May) and Fall (September through October)
Trailhead Elevation: 4,460 feet
Top Elevation: 8,500 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Maps: USGS: Mack and Ruby Canyon, CO; Bitter Creek Well and Westwater, UT; Agate, Big Triangle, Cisco, Dewey, Blue Chief Mesa, Fisher Valley, Mount Waas, Warner Lake, Rill Creek, and Moab
Driving Directions: Directions to Kokopelli's Trail

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