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Tantalus Flats

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 4.3 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A ride from the the alpine of the Boulder Mountains to the red rocks of Capitol Reef National Park.


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19.2

Miles

30.9

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Singletrack

8,606' 2,623 m

High

5,649' 1,722 m

Low

540' 165 m

Up

3,491' 1,064 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Biking in Capitol Reef is restricted to designated roads. For more information, see their website.

Overview

Starting in the aspen and fir of the Boulder Mountains, descend through high desert and eventually drop into a red rock wash of Capitol Reef National Park. Fantastic views can be had on this epic journey. Some sections feature sandy road, a there are a couple of short technical sections but the riding is mostly easy. The majority of this ride is two track.

Need to Know

Bring lots of water. Set up a shuttle pickup either at Fruita or Capitol Gorge in the Park.

Description

This ride can be 20-30 miles depending on how you set up the shuttle. A car can be left at Fruita (no park fee) or further up Scenic Drive at Capitol Gorge. This will save you ten miles of asphalt. We started just off Hwy 12 at the turn to Bown's Reservoir, some guides recommend starting at the overlook three miles up the highway. There is a parking lot just off the highway.

Ride the road towards Bown's Reservoir and, after a couple miles, look for a sign that reads, "Tantalus 5". Take this left. The rest of the trail is fairly obvious from this point. Continue downhill parallel to Pleasant Creek. If you take the trail to Pleasant Creek, it will add a short out-and-back.

There is lots of downhill to begin the ride and then a short climb once you cross Tantalus Creek. The most technical section of the trail is near the pass as you cross into the park. Most of the ride is considered easy but this short section may be technically difficult.

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Shared By:

Mike Henderson

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  4.3 from 6 votes

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Pleasant Creek was a great way to cool off near the end of the ride.
Jul 13, 2016 near Loa, UT
Most of the trail is doubletrack w/ some technical spots. The views however are incredible.
Sep 4, 2018 near Loa, UT
Riding out the wash of South Draw in Capitol Reef National Park
Jul 13, 2016 near Loa, UT
Entering the park on bike.
Jul 13, 2016 near Loa, UT
Near the hairpin turn on FR 168.
Aug 24, 2016 near Loa, UT

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Aug 25, 2018
Bryan Janson
Fun trail! Must do if you're in the area. Don't try it if there has been heavy rain in the last 48 hours. 19.2mi
Oct 8, 2017
Amy PJ
19.3mi — 2h 30m