The Kokopelli Trail, Colorado and Utah
The 142-mile Kokopelli Trail blasts out of the gates on the Mary's Loop system near Fruita, Colorado, with cliff-top trails perched above the Colorado River. Then it follows desert singletrack and jeep roads, passing under the fortresslike Fisher Towers--a backdrop for many Westerns--and on to Moab.
Crossing into Utah, the Kokopelli twice crests 8,500 feet. The last apex, high in the La Sal Mountains, marks the trail's descent into Moab--a rollicking drop of nearly 7,000 vertical feet over 32 miles.
While several outfitters lead trips on the Kokopelli, Hermosa Tours offers a unique self-guided option. Riders shop for themselves beforehand, and Hermosa staff deliver the provisions to designated campsites each day. Customers simply roll in, light a fire, and begin cooking. They have to be able to navigate the trail on their own, but for many self-sufficient riders that's the trip's ultimate appeal. Plus, there's always GPS.
Sign Up: Hermosa Tours, hermosatours.net
Length of Trip: 4 days
Cost: $395 per person
Best Time to Go: May, September and October