The Ribbon

 33 votes

3.0 Miles 4.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

31' 9 m

Ascent

-1,429' -436 m

Descent

6,646' 2,026 m

High

5,229' 1,594 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Unknown

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Unique slab rock riding. Fast as your bike will take you.

Matt Thoele

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Dogs: Off-leash

Description

A 1500 ft descent down sandy washes and long sections of flat slabs of rock. Make sure your brakes are in good working order before you ride this trail. Follow the trail signs carefully, don't wander off, or you could cliff out over 10-30ft drops.

Right from the top you'll descend a long, enormous slab or rock. From there, you make a series of short, tricky connections to the next slab of rock. These transitions can be difficult and dangerous, but they're short and can be walked.

This is one of the most unique slickrock trails east of Moab.

This is best done as a descent. Park at any of the lower parking spots and take Little Park road around and up to the top. The road goes by pretty fast.

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Jun 21, 2017
jason sinclair
May 26, 2017
Michael Sommerlad
Apr 30, 2017
Joseph Rodriguez
Apr 30, 2017
Michael Gebeau
Apr 8, 2017
David Romer
fast, steep, wide open
Mar 25, 2017
Sheryl Bower
Great ride, good to shuttle, big climb if you don't. 8.9mi
Mar 18, 2017
Darran Wells
Mar 17, 2017
Darran Wells

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This trail is insane! sooo much fun, but watch your brakes, I rode like I normally do and started to smell my brakes they were so hot, I had to stop and let them cool. Mar 29, 2016


The Ribbon trail is pretty awesome. You'll ride on little park road for 30-45 minutes from the upper parking lot by gunny trail. It's best to do this trail with someone who knows where theyre going as you could easily get lost and or fall off a cliff. Also make sure the weather is cooperative as you will be completely exposed on the top slab. Definitely have good brakes for this as well as you will be on them the whole time. Finding where this trail goes is actually quite difficult, there are some sections where the trail goes where you would least expect. Some wood and cairns help guide you down the valley. When you start from the Ribbon TH you will go down a bit and see a large sandstone formation on your right. You will want to ride to the top of this to start the slickrock. Follow the white streak on the slickrock! May 7, 2016


I heard about this from my 18 road campground neighbor then yesterday I read about this on Bicycling's 10 best Colorado rides. May 4, 2017


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