Navajo Rocks Chaco Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,342' 409 m
Descent: -1,336' -407 m
High: 5,606' 1,709 m
Low: 4,975' 1,516 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A little bit of everything from flowy to technical. Very scenic and fun riding.”— Scotty "Chaco" Vinas
Rocky Tops is not bad, but you need to leave a little energy in the bucket for the incredible grand finale. You'll see people coming up from the other side, and they look in anguish. This is a painful climb from the other side! Just don't do it! Rocky Tops is a unique trail in that it seems as if a non-mountain biker designed it....which might be the case. But there are two little climbs that make you think..."Hmmm...this 6' jump onto the rock doesn't seem ride-able, but I'm sure there are talented people out there that have ridden it." Anyway, this section of trail undulates quite a bit but has some truly amazing views. Juniper berry trees, sand, cactus etc. quickly become your high-speed obstacles on the descent with some technical slick rock.
Then you come to Coney Island trail, which is a brutal, lonely climb. However, once it's done, this is where speeds increase, and it gets "buttery" or some would say flowy and fun. In this area, it starts to be more open singletrack grassland riding mixed with the occasional slick rock. Then this brings us to Big Lonely. You're finally feeling some nice relaxing, but techy downhill. Some of it's on old doubletrack that has been decommissioned.
Next is the Big Mesa trail which is the jewel of the Nile of this ride. Take your time, stop to take pictures, go slower, and LOOK UP! Enjoy the scenery of this incredible ride. Sure the trail is awesome and real buttery, but take your time and enjoy this one. There is a cool little rebar bridge which I would think some would find "interesting" especially if you are on foot. Truth be told.....I can see how some would find it intimidating as the re-bar welded slats on this bridge are separated by about 6". Ride across it without any issue..uhhhh hmmm....don't stop on the bridge!! If you're on foot....you'll have a bit more of a challenge. This shouldn't keep you from this trail, however.
This is a loop that if you don't race it....and take your time to stop and smell the roses....can be MAGICAL!
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Local Club: Moab Trails Alliance
Apr 13, 2012: Thanks!
Apr 13, 2012: Maps are a success!
Land Manager: BLM Utah - Moab Field Office