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Overview

Desert and Alpine MTB Getaway

Just a few miles separate the red rock landscape near the Colorado River from the alpine forest of the Manti-La Sal Mountains, the second highest mountain range in Utah. Runners will experience this incredible change in scenery without a boring mile.

Dates Available: May-October

Details

Thursday: After a meet and greet at the host hotel our guides will escort you to a a short section on the Kokopelli Trail that will take you down to a rim above the Colorado River. You will ride along a fast smooth singletrack with moderate elevation change as you look down at the Colorado River. You’ll wind in and out of canyons while viewing the La Sal mountains in the distance. Rolling hills will give a nice flow as you travel over slickrock and hardpacked sand.

A post lunch ride will take you up a short steep climb to the top of the Westwater Mesa with incredible views and a technical descent down to the other side to the trailhead.

Friday: Begin the day with an incredible rolling section of sand and slickrock. The trail will take riders along the base of beautiful sandstone cliffs. Lunch will be next to the colorado river where riders can go for a swim to cool off. After the relaxing lunch you will visit the most remote section this trail has to offer. The exhilerating views of Cottonwood Canyon will give you the juice to tackle the rugged “Rose Garden”.

Saturday: This day brings you into the alpine section of the tour. Since this section reaches close to 9,000′ in elevation, access will depend on the time of year and snow pack levels. Guides have the ability to pick and choose from a number of trails, each one more beautiful than the next.

Sunday: This trail is fun and rolling with a net elevation loss at the end of the day. You will ride along the edge of the rim until the last three miles turn off to downhill single track. An incredible way to end a wonderful journey.

Weather in June:
Average High- 83F
Average Low- 49F
Record High- 97F
Record Low- 36F
Average Precipitation– .58 inches for all of June
Weather in August:
Average High- 87F
Average Low- 53F
Record High- 98F
Record Low- 40F
Average precipitation– .89 inches for all of August
Terrain: You will encounter a wide variety of terrain (sand, rocky desert, stony ground etc).
Skill Level: Intermediate

Schedule

Itinerary
Thursday
9:00 am- meet and greet at Holiday Inn Suites – Airport, Grand Junction, CO
10:00 am- Western Rim
~12:00 pm- Lunch
2:00 pm- Westwater Mesa
5:00 pm- Dinner
Friday:
8:00 am- Yellowjacket Canyon
11:00 am- lunch
12:00 pm- Cottonwood Canyon
5:00 pm- Dinner
Saturday:
8:00 am- Bachelor Basin
12:00 pm- Lunch
1:30 pm- Miner’s Basin
6:00 pm- Dinner
Sunday:
8:00 am- Porcupine Rim

Registration

Pricing:

Desert and Alpine- $950

You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is received.  As the date gets closer you will also receive update emails with trail conditions, weather updates and communications with your guides.

Cancellation policy:

• Cancellations 90 days prior to start date qualify for a refund of 80%.

• Cancellations within 90 days but prior to 60 days qualify for a refund of 50%.

• Cancellations within 30 days do not qualify for refunds. There is a three person minimum to all our adventures.  If this minimum is not met within 30 days the tour will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund

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