“A tough trail that earns you great views of the Gunnison Gorge
— Tim Judkins
The Red Rocks/Nighthorse trail follows the west ridge above the Gunnison Gorge. It is mainly used by motorbikes because of some steep and loose pitches. However, if ridden from south to north, it is a worthwhile ride for mountainbikers looking for a technical and scenic ride. It dries out quickly and is best ridden in the shoulder seasons to avoid the heat.
There are multiple steep and technical sections to challenge you on the trail. Most mortals will hike their bikes in a few spots. Numerous viewpoints let you see all the way down to the Gunnison River and up towards the national park.
One good way to ride this trail is to go south to north on Red Rocks and return on the Sidewinder Trail
. From Bobcat to Ute Road
and back on Sidewinder is about 12 miles and 2,300' of climbing. The Red Rocks/Nighthorse Trail intersects the Gunnison Gorge access roads from Eagle Valley to Ute. Its continuation to the south is called the Black Ridge Trail