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5 Days Kokopelli Trail Mountain Bike Tour in Colorado, USA
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Rabbit Valley, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Mesa County, Colorado, USA

Challenging Bike Tour USA

If you are an outdoor enthusiast who wants to enjoy the beautiful backcountry areas, join Escape Adventures on this bike tour in Kokopelli, USA! The Kokopelli Trail is perfect for riders looking for a challenge and an epic mountain bike adventure, which is always an Escape guides’ favorite. If you’ve heard about the great mountain biking near Fruita, Colorado, here’s your chance to see what all the talk is about.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Moderately technical singletrack and Jeep roads
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometimes, 31 - 45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 140 miles / 225 kilometers
  • Average Elevation: 1,372 - 2,560 meters / 4,500 - 8,400 feet
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking and adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (not included)
  • E-bike: Not available to rent for permit reasons

Highlights

  • 5 days of mountain biking
  • Cycling to the high Manti-La Sal Mountains
  • A bike tour in the best singletracks in Colorado
  • Service of Escape Adventures' experienced guides
  • Support vehicle and bike maintenance service
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at a camp. The tent is a three-man tent with fly and ground tarp, three-season 30-degree sleeping bag, a camp pillow (you provide the pillowcase), and a self-inflating ground pad included. All camping on this trip is at campsites with no running water and pit toilets. There are no shower facilities but solar showers will be available.

Program

After a refreshing stop along the banks of the Colorado River, you climb into Utah's Canyon Country. Large iron and copper cliffs loom overhead on the amazing Onion Creek ride. Continuing on, you climb high into the snow-capped Manti-La Sal Mountains where you complete your journey into Moab with an exhilarating descent on the popular Porcupine Rim Trail with long mileage and two days of moderately technical singletrack.

Itinerary

This is a general itinerary and may vary. Escape Adventures reserves the right to make changes due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may affect the quality of the trip and / or safety of the participants.

Day 1: Fruita to Rabbit Valley

After meeting at your hotel in Grand Junction, you will take a shuttle to the trailhead in Fruita, have a brief orientation, and begin a beautiful and moderately technical singletrack ride along the Colorado River. The Fruita Loops are widely recognized as some of the best singletracks anywhere. This trail has sections of short steep climbs and descents, creating a true mountain biking adventure. After lunch, you return to the Kokopelli Trail for a challenging yet scenic ride to your camp in Rabbit Valley.

  • Total mileage: 26 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Rabbit Valley
  • Terrain: singletrack and Jeep road, no van support

Day 2: Rabbit Valley to Fish Ford

After a delicious breakfast, you start the day with a rolling singletrack followed by a progressively harder and rougher Jeep road along the low regions of the Colorado River plains. The views of the Manti-La Sal Mountains linger in the distance for a truly incredible landscape. Most of the day is broken double track and fire road with one steep climb. A freshly prepared dinner awaits Escape Adventures at tonight’s camp is on the Colorado River.

  • Total mileage: 32 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Fish Ford
  • Terrain: double track, some van support

Day 3: Fish Ford to Fisher Valley

Leaving your Colorado River camp, you ride sections of doubletrack and singletrack to the historic Dewey Bridge. Built in 1916, Dewey Bridge is Utah's longest suspension bridge and, at the time of its construction, was the second largest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, the bridge was destroyed by fire in 2008.

From Dewey Bridge, a 10-mile cruise on the scenic “River Road” highway 198 takes you to one of Escape Adventures' favorite trails, Onion Creek. Tall red cliffs of Cutler sandstone and intriguing rock formations line the canyon. You spend the afternoon climbing up through the canyon crossing Onion Creek over 20 times. Your camp is in Fisher Valley, which borders the Manti-La Sal Mountains. From your camp, a short hike takes you to a well-hidden Anasazi ruin.

  • Total mileage: 35 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Fisher Valley
  • Terrain: doubletrack, singletrack, and Jeep road, some van support

Day 4: Fisher Valley to Castle Valley

Today’s ride involves climbing over 4,000 feet to the high Manti-La Sal Mountains. From your vantage point atop the mountain, you’ll take a quick look at real dinosaur tracks that seem to “walk” off the edge of a cliff. You’ll also have great views of Castle Valley and Fisher Valley. You’ll descend into camp in Castle Valley where a refreshing dip in a mountain stream awaits you.

  • Total mileage: 38 miles
  • Accommodation: camping in Castle Valley
  • Terrain: Jeep road, some van support

Day 5: Castle Valley to Moab

Today’s ride is your reward for yesterday’s tough climb. You descend one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the world, Porcupine Rim. Catching a quick short-cut, you bypass half of the uphill section for 14 miles of pure, fast downhill on very challenging doubletrack and singletrack. Views, of course, are unsurpassed as you view Castle Valley and the Colorado River from high above. You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in Moab then shuttle back to Grand Junction, Colorado. You should arrive in Moab around 14:00 and in Grand Junction at approximately 17:00.

  • Total mileage: 20 miles
  • Terrain: doubletrack and singletrack, very little van support

Meeting information

  • Location: DoubleTree Grand Junction
  • Address: 743 Horizon Drive, Mesa County, Colorado, USA
  • Time: 09:00
  • Return time: You will return to Moab Cyclery around 14:00 and Grand Junction around 17:00 on the last day

How to prepare

The adventures are made up of fun, energetic sports that can be enjoyed by everyone. Since outdoor activity is as strenuous as you make it, it is important to remember that the more prepared you are for a tour, the more fun you will have and the further you will be able to go. You will benefit the most by prior conditioning and experience.

If you are joining on a cycling trip, Escape Adventures encourages you to exercise at least several hours a week up to a month prior to the trip departure. Sometime each day goes a very long way. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day and Escape Adventures can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one. If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour.

Preparing for a tour at high elevations

Many of the summer adventures take place at high elevations. Most people acclimate easily and without incident; however, it is best to be prepared and recognize symptoms when they occur. Being well hydrated before the tour begins and a good level of fitness will help. Many of the high elevation tours offer an easy first day to help people acclimate. Ibuprofen and other light pain relievers can help with headaches. The most common side effects are a headache, loss of appetite, and sleeplessness. The guides are well trained to recognize altitude symptoms and will offer suggestions on how to manage them.

The guides

Escape Adventures' guides are the best in the business. Trained personally by the owners, the guides understand the areas you ride and the safety of the group.

The support vehicles

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing the custom fleet of 4×4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. The exclusive fleet is custom built to go further in the backcountry so you can see places you never knew existed.

Location

You will cycle from Grand Junction to Moab Backcountry in Colorado, USA. The legend of Kokopelli begins near what is now Grand Junction, Colorado more than 140 miles of secluded trails and Jeep roads direct you westward along his mission of prosperity and fertility. This tour takes you to climb into Utah's Canyon Country, including the amazing Onion Creek ride, the snow-capped Manti-La Sal Mountains, and Moab with an exhilarating descent on the popular Porcupine Rim Trail.

Food

This tour includes all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. The experienced guides lovingly prepare meals for the trip with an emphasis on fresh, local, and organic foods, ensuring you have the fuel you need to ride, and a delicious meal at the same time- including dessert. Most dinners and breakfasts will be at local restaurants. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. You can expect to eat only freshly prepared foods at each meal.

You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta. Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité compliment elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, it can be accommodated with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 days of bike riding
  • A service of two experienced tour guides
  • A 4WD support vehicle
  • Transportation during the tour
  • A mobile first aid and mechanic station
  • Backcountry permits, licenses, and park fees
  • Community gear
  • A souvenir shirt
  • Group kitchen and camp gear
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Rental bike
  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides
  • Transportation to and from the trip
  • Personal items

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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