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