Onion Creek - Kokopelli

Moab, Utah

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This 22-mile out-and-back (11 miles each way) is memorable for its nearly two dozen stream crossings, which may occasionally require first gear to pull out of. Begin riding up-canyon on a well-graded, two-wheel-drive surface, immediately crossing Onion Creek and picking up the first of a great deal of red dirt your wet tires will meet. The creek crossings are double the fun on the way out. The route serves up a good aerobic workout but is technically easy, with its good gravel- and sand-surfaced roads. Down low you’ll be surrounded by distinctive towers and rimrocks, a geologic puzzle of purplish and dark red Cutler and Moenkopi sediments. These soon give way—after you cross a high bridge spanning a pinched canyon narrows—to desert slopes that may lead you to believe you’ve left Utah for Arizona. Still higher up, things turn greener as you enter Fisher Valley, a broad, pleasing basin of ranch lands embraced by mountains and mesas. General location: 23 miles northeast of Moab.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 22-mile out-and-back (11 miles each way) is memorable for its nearly two dozen stream crossings, which may occasionally require first gear to pull out of. Begin riding up-canyon on a well-graded, two-wheel-drive surface, immediately crossing Onion Creek and picking up the first of a great deal of red dirt your wet tires will meet. The creek crossings are double the fun on the way out. The route serves up a good aerobic workout but is technically easy, with its good gravel- and sand-surfaced roads.

Down low you’ll be surrounded by distinctive towers and rimrocks, a geologic puzzle of purplish and dark red Cutler and Moenkopi sediments. These soon give way—after you cross a high bridge spanning a pinched canyon narrows—to desert slopes that may lead you to believe you’ve left Utah for Arizona. Still higher up, things turn greener as you enter Fisher Valley, a broad, pleasing basin of ranch lands embraced by mountains and mesas. General location: 23 miles northeast of Moab.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: March through mid-May; September through November
Local Contacts: Moab Multi-Agency Information Center, 435-259-8825
Local Maps: Moab Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Onion Creek - Kokopelli

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