Escape Adventures’ Kokopelli Trail, Colorado mountain bike tour is a wonderful way to experience the majestic beauty of the Colorado and Utah wilderness in a challenging adventure for mountain bike enthusiasts.
Ever heard of the fertility deity Kokopelli? The legend of Kokopelli begins long ago near present day Grand Junction, Colorado (195-miles west of Denver), at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. Known in Native American cultures as a trickster god and/or a fertility deity, Kokopelli could shape-shift into numerous forms: most often, a swaybacked or humped figure playing a flute. His appearance was made all the more conspicuous by a feathered head. You’ve probably seen his image represented in SouthWestern pottery or textiles, it usually looks something like this!
Now, back to the trail. Ranging westward on more than 142-miles of secluded trails and jeep roads, we follow Kokopelli’s walkabout, a supernatural quest to spread prosperity and fertility. If you’ve heard or read about the superb mountain biking near Fruita, Colorado (12-miles northwest of Grand Junction), here’s your chance to live and breathe it. It’s the home-range of the Ute Tribe and the final resting spot for “Doc” Holliday. The quirky town of Fruita (pop. 12,000) hosts rodeos, has a fascination with dinosaurs, and celebrates oddities such a headless chicken legend from 1945 —named Mike—who lived for 18-months post decapitation. Though he’s been deceased for years, Mike lives on, honored with a yearly festival in May.
This region hugging the Utah border is known as Western Colorado’s Best. The riding here reflects a sharp fusion of both states: Utah’s Mars-evoking rocky desert given big-time lift by the Colorado Rockies. After a refreshing stop along the banks of the Colorado River, we climb into Utah’s Canyon Country. Like a fast moving survey party, we put optics on large iron and copper cliffs which loom overhead on the amazing Onion Creek ride. Pressing on, we ride from the 5000-ft desert floor past great sweeps of buttes and sandstone reefs higher into the snow-capped Manti La Sal Mountains. The payoff: hugging a fast, flowy ridgeline at 8500-ft, looming over endless rolling red desert. Our campsite is set atop scenic Porcupine Rim. Phenomenal.
On this classic bikepacking route, you can expect 14,000 vertical feet of climbing, all told. Our out-of-this-world journey culminates in Moab, given 24-pica, boldface punctuation by an exhilarating descent down Sand Flats Road!
Mixing moderate, and some longer ascents, along with two days of moderately challenging singletrack, Kokopelli’s Trail is perfect for mountain bike riders in need of a challenge! For more information, visit HERE and request a detailed itinerary.