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The RIMROCKER Trail is

160 miles of 4WD, OHV and bi­cy­cle ac­ces­si­ble road from Mon­trose, Colorado to Moab, Utah. Wind­ing across Mon­trose County and cross­ing the state line into Utah, the route tra­verses some of the West's most stun­ning scenery in­clud­ing red rock canyons, rivers, desert vis­tas and alpine forests.

Phil Bred­feldt from Du­rango com­pleted the mam­moth ride ear­lier this year and of­fers some ad­vice for those think­ing of at­tempt­ing it.

“The trip took me about three-and-a-half days.

Some of it was very easy on graded dirt road (like Mon­trose to Nucla), while some parts were steep rocky jeep trails. I had four days worth of food with me, so it worked out great.

“I would say any­one who bikes reg­u­larly could do it. There isn't any­thing tech­ni­cal if you take it slow, aside from some big rocks in some ar­eas. There is very lit­tle cell cov­er­age through­out the trip, so be­ing pre­pared for any me­chan­i­cal is­sues would be smart. Go­ing in a group would be even smarter,” he says.

Hy­dra­tion was Bred­feldt's pri­mary con­cern. “Depend­ing on the time of year, wa­ter sup­plies may be tough to find. I car­ried four bot­tles of wa­ter plus a CAMEL­BAK and did OK in early May.”

If you are in­ter­ested in do­ing the trail in au­tumn, err on the side of cau­tion when it comes to wa­ter sources, some of which may have dried up. Be cau­tious too when fil­ter­ing wa­ter as cat­tle may have con­tam­i­nated some wa­ter sources.

And the best time to do it?

“I would think au­tumn would be good, but you would need to bal­ance be­tween it be­ing not too hot in the lower el­e­va­tions and not be­ing caught in the first snow falls in the Un­com­pah­gre and La Sal moun­tains. It might be amaz­ing with the leaves chang­ing,” Bred­feldt says.


If you love the idea of tak­ing on an un­sup­ported ride, there are four Epic Rides in Colorado as des­ig­nated by the In­ter­na­tional Moun­tain Bik­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (IMBA). Pen­cil them in for sum­mer 2019.The Colorado Trail | This mon­ster ride tra­verses the 300 plus miles of sin­gle track trail that makes up the bike­able seg­ments of the Colorado Trail.Buf­falo Creek Big Loop |With plenty of long climbs and de­scents, this trail is great for those who are pro­gress­ing to­wards be­com­ing intermediate rid­ers.Aspen Snowmass Mega Loop | Ex­pect 60+ miles of fast de­scents, in­cred­i­ble moun­tain views and easy ac­cess with a start and end in Aspen.Monarch Crest | Com­bin­ing the Con­ti­nen­tal Di­vide Trail, The Monarch Crest Trail and Sil­ver Creek Trail, this ride brings all kinds of track and stun­ning views to­gether in one mon­ster ride.imba.com

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