“Pedal a slickrock-strewn jeep road directly to the base of centuries-old Anasazi ruins.”
— Brian Smith
Please do NOT
touch the ruins. It's fine to walk up and check them out, but it'd be pretty lame to speed up the weathering of these centuries-old cultural artifacts for your own pleasure.
Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites: Stay on trail, help prevent damage. Don’t move artifacts, let everyone enjoy the discovery. Stay out of ancient buildings and off walls, they are fragile! Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998
A fun ride based solely on the technical climbing and descending, this ride is made great by the fact that you'll pedal directly to the base of some immaculate Anasazi Ruins.
As mapped, you can start from the free Comb Wash Campground, which features primitive sites and pit toilets. If you're looking for a shorter ride, you can cut out the graded dirt road portion of this ride by driving north along Comb Wash Road
until you reach the Milk Ranch Point Road turn-off.
Need to Know
There is a creek crossing at about mile 3.6 along Comb Wash Road
. This is likely dry most of the year but can wash out after rains and prevent most passenger cars from going further.
Assuming you've started pedaling from the Comb Wash Campsite, your ride begins with a casual spin up a graded dirt road. Enjoy the views of Comb Ridge and the Abajos before crossing the creek around mile 3.5.
Shortly after the creek crossing, Milk Ranch Point Road splits off to the left at an unmarked intersection. The MTB Project mobile app
may come in handy here. Within about a 1/4 mile, the road surface transitions from dirt to ledgy slickrock. If you've ever ridden in Moab (and liked it), you'll love this section of trail. There are tons of steep pitches with big step-up moves to navigate.
As you climb, stay left to check out a sweet overlook into Arch Canyon. Retrace your steps slightly, bang a left and continue with the technical slickrock climbing. Somewhere around mile 6.6, the grade lessens significantly and the tread transitions back to mostly dirt. In no time, you'll find yourself at the base of Hotel Rock and it's amazing Anasazi ruins.
Retrace your steps and enjoy the bombing technical descent back to your car/camp.
History & Background
The Anasazi people inhabited this region between ~850-1200 C.E.