The terrain is classic Colorado Plateau and will vary frequently. Those familiar with Moab riding will feel right at home, those new to the area will encounter trail surfaces unlike anything they’ve ever seen.
You’ll start off skirting the Colorado River, following increasingly technical singletrack on hardpack and occasional slickrock. Later that day, Kokopelli climbs out of the Salt Creek area to gentle hills and rolling jeep trails past enormous entrada formations reminiscent of a moonscape from a Dr Seuss book. Day two drops into the Cisco desert, a less colorful section passing a ghost
town frozen in time and the historic Dewey Suspension Bridge, once the only passage across the Colorado but unfortunately now just a burnt reminder of what used to be. Again, the rider is confronted by numerous photo ops as Kokopelli climbs thru sage & juniper forests into Fisher Valley, passing thru several canyons and a slickrock playground for those willing. This is a magical section with a challenging climb and descent.
The final day carries the riders thru an extended climb into the pine & aspen forests of the La Sal’s and over Castle Valley. From the summit, the views of nearby Moab are spectacular and it’s all downhill from here! Descend thru rollercoaster-like singletrack towards Sand Flats Road and choose between the traditional casual descent past the Slickrock trail or for those feeling strong, the daring descent along Porcupine Rim.
Routefinding: The entire trail is well-marked at every junction (in theory) and there is no reason why any rider should expect to lose their way so long as they follow the signs and don’t wander off trail. Still, it is essential that each rider carry a map and know how to use it. With an eye on safety, each day starts with a pre-ride meeting where the route is detailed extensively.