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Rabbit Valley to Western Rim

 34 votes

19.1 Miles 30.8 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

1,720' 524 m

Ascent

-1,721' -525 m

Descent

4,903' 1,494 m

High

4,424' 1,348 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

All Clear

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A fast scenic rim ride covering two states and the best of Rabbit Valley.

Nick Wilder

Overview

The Western Rim trail is one of the highlights of the area: over 6 miles of fast, scenic singletrack winding around rim above the Colorado River. The Rabbit Valley 2 trail is nothing special, but makes for a good 3-4 loop ride.
Features: eMTB allowed
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

Due to small amounts of sand and the way some hills work, there is a slight preference for doing this route clockwise, as shown.

There are a lot of motorbikes on these trails. Remember they probably can't hear you. They aren't too bothersome though, and the trails are in good shape.

Description

You can either start from the main trailhead, or drive in another couple miles to the McDonald Creek trailhead. 4WD is not really necessary to go there, but it is a rough dirt road.

Starting from the main trailhead, quickly find Rabbit Valley 2 trail on the right side of the road. It starts as a flat, fast, wide singletrack goes up and down some small creeks. There are several sandy sections and dirt road crossings. At a few points, you use the dirt road for the trail, so look for signs to get you back on the trail.

Once at the McDonald Creek trailhead, follow the Kokopelli trail (dirt road) for another couple miles until you get to a huge 4-way intersection and good view of the Colorado River. This section has many intersections; keep you eye out for the carsonite posts with the blue-ish Kokopelli signs. Use the MTB Project mobile app in this section to stay on the correct path, and to avoid missing the start of the Western Rim trail.

From the four-way intersection with the Kokopelli Trail, follow a two-track trail with no signs in an non-obvious direction (use the MTB Project mobile app!). Follow this a few hundred yards, bearing left when another dirt road goes off the to the right.

The road soon comes to a gate and turns to singletrack. Go down a steep, very sandy hill for a short ways until you get to the rim. You now have miles of dead-level terrain on this rim with increasingly good views.

The rest of the trail is fast, smooth, and great fun. It's sometimes on slickrock, sometimes dirt, with occasional very short easy hills. Wander in and out of huge side canyons with views of the La Salle mountains, Colorado River, and farmlands below.

Climb back up to the top of the mesa where the trail turns slightly more technical and hilly, but still only intermediate difficulty. Remember to turn around and look at the cool terrain that you rode earlier.

The trail dead ends on a dirt road. Turn right to get back to the Kokopelli Trail. Follow it back to the big 4-way intersection with the start of the Western Rim trail. From there, veer left on Rabbit Valley 2 trail, and enjoy fast swoops through the valley back to your car.

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Nov 18, 2017
Chris M
18.6mi
Nov 9, 2017
michaleen jeronimus
Oct 27, 2017
Jay Brown
Oct 23, 2017
Justin VanAlstyne
Excellent views. Some tech. Sandy in spots. 19.6mi — 2h 50m
Oct 8, 2017
Robert Danese
Oct 8, 2017
joseph benjamin
Better to do this as an out and back than loop. Trail 2 is a blast to come back on! 20.3mi
Jul 29, 2017
Ace Wickwire
Longer than expected. Next time drive in further. 20mi — 4h 00m
Jul 19, 2017
Alejandro Cazar

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Ace Wickwire
Fruita, CO
Ace Wickwire   Fruita, CO
Saturday morning ride and only saw 1 MTB on the trail, coming out as I was going in. Later in morning crossed paths with two ATV'ers on the road portion. Started at main trail head just off of interstate. Took me longer than expected but I'm no speed demon. Did enjoy the ride but was ready to be done when it got to be 12:30 and hot. Next time will drive in further. Jul 30, 2017
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M F  
Definitely start at the McDonald Creek Trailhead parking lot as the grind back to the car has a lot of sand. Great ride once you get past the first section before the last road crossing. Be aware of the signs, as there are few and not marked that well. Sep 25, 2017
Bret A  
parked at the trailhead just off I-70 exit 2- and rode Trail 2 to the Western Rim trail- next time would ride Trail 2 to the McDonald Creek parking/CG and then the road to Western Rim (as MTB suggests)Some of the climbs on Trail 2 not so fun. Rode Western Rim as an out and back, turned around when Trail got extremely steep and climbed away from Rim. Trail 2 on the way back is a blast! 2.5 hr ride Oct 9, 2017

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