On the western slope of Colorado, the famous Kokopelli Trail winds its way through sagebrush, ledgy slickrock, winding double track, sandy washes and fast jeep trails and crosses the state line toward Moab, Utah. Has the Kokopelli Trail been on your bucket list? Are you tired of sitting at your desk watching the world go by? Getting on the same local rides and ready to experience adventure? The Kokopelli mountain bike tour is for you. Unique beauty, amazing wildlife and profound solitude – all the elements of true adventure – reward riders willing to brave the Kokopelli journey. Vast landscape and ancient obstacles combine to create the rugged and stunning beauty of this classic trail. This tour is about the experience, pushing yourself and making friends along the way.
The riders who truly enjoy the event and gain from the experience are those who appreciate the beauty of the land, the camaraderie of other adventurers and the thrill of relaxing in the Colorado River at the end of the day. It’s not an expedition to survive or a race to win, it’s an experience to live.
Held in October, the temperatures should be pleasant and the distances of the stages will be manageable. Because of the diversity of the trail it’s difficult to rate but it is not for beginners. Strong intermediate riders will thoroughly enjoy this trip. Most of the trail is rideable by a strong rider with moderate technical skills. While it is not designed for the casual rider, you can finish with focused and adequate training. This trip will be limited to 20 riders in order to keep the group intimate and allow for personal attention from the guides.
After a challenging day on the trails, riders sit down to a hot, gourmet meal and share stories around a campfire. The course is a carefully laid out, truly authentic, wilderness experience. You will bathe in the Colorado River, sleep in tents and ride across the amazing desert landscape while dining on delicious meals and mingling with friends that will last a lifetime.
2017 dates available:
DetailsThe Whole Kokopelli
5 days/4 nights
Day 1: Riders begin with some beautiful single track that parallels the Colorado River. After Salt Creek, the trail gets wider as the miles roll away. Beautiful rolling hills brings riders passed Rabbit Valley into the desert backcountry.
Day 2: Weswater Mesa allows for amazing views of the previous day’s ride. The trail brushes up against the Colorado River a number of times and allows for a quick dip to cool down if temperatures are warm.
Day 3: Yellow Jacket Canyon is the highlight of this day as the trail brings you so close to 1000’ high cliffs that you can touch them (literally).
Day 4: This section is as remote as the Kokopelli Trail gets. Climbing up from Dewey Bridge is a lung buster and is usually described as the best part of the week.
Weather in October:
Average High- 71F
Average Low- 38F
Record High- 88F
Record Low- 25F
Average Precipitation– 1.23 inches for all of October
Terrain: You will encounter a wide variety of terrain (sand, rocky desert, stony ground etc).
Skill Level: Intermediate
9:00 am- meet and greet at Holiday Inn Suites – Airport, Grand Junction, CO
~12:00 pm – Lunch
8400 am- McDonald Creek
12:00 pm- Westwater Mesa
5:00 pm- Dinner
8:00 am- Yellowjacket Canyon
12:00 pm- Lunch
1:30 pm- Cottonwood Canyon
6:00 pm- Dinner
8:00 am- Fisher Mesa
8:00 am- La Sal Loop Rd
Kokopelli Trail – $950
You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is received. As the date gets closer you will also receive update emails with a packing list, trail conditions, weather updates and communications with your guides.
• 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