In a land abundant with dirt trails and rock formations, the Kokopelli's Trail stands out as a remarkable adventure for any dedicated mountain biker. Named after Kokopelli, the ancient god of fertility often depicted as a hump-back flute player, this trail encompasses a myriad of terrains—ranging from dirt and OHV roads to tantalizing singletracks. Spanning approximately 140 miles from Loma to Moab, this point-to-point route offers cyclists an unforgettable journey through one of Colorado's most scenic canyons.
The trail features clear markings every quarter mile and at every intersection, emblazoned with the iconic Kokopelli symbol. Despite this, bikers are advised to consult the trailhead map available at the Welcome Colorado Information Center in Fruita, as well as at the parking lot of the trailhead. Trust us, you won't want to veer off course amidst the rocky terrain and steep inclines.
The first 12 miles feature singletrack that provide an excellent warm-up with some rock drops resembling stairs. Prepare to lift your bike over some technical sections before basking in the sweeping views of the canyon and adrenaline-pumping proximity to cliff edges.
After about 5.5 miles, you’ll come across Steve's Loop. While not the designated route, this 3-mile detour is a crowd favorite for its exposure and thrilling challenges. It merges back onto the main Kokopelli Trail, leading to Lyon's Loop and more challenging sections.
Bikers should prepare for "hike-a-bike" sections, especially after crossing the Salt Creek Bridge. These steep inclines will test your grit, but reward you with jaw-dropping vistas.
Following Rabbit Valley Road and navigating a few more challenges, cyclists reach the rock formation known as Castle Rock. The Utah State Line is a short distance away, marking the conclusion of your unforgettable journey.
Note: Temporary closures are in effect due to ongoing road work by the Forest Service. Check local updates before planning your trip.Kokopelli's Trail offers something for every dedicated mountain biker: technical challenges, breathtaking vistas, and the deep satisfaction of conquering one of Colorado's most renowned trails. If you're up for a multi-day adventure through diverse terrains, Kokopelli's Trail is waiting for you.