Kokopelliís Trail is a 142 mile multi-use trail
that goes from Loma, Colorado to Moab, Utah. The primary
use of the trail as a through route is by mountain bikes.
Trail surface varies; the trail utilizes dirt roads (of varying
degrees of difficulty), paved roads and some small portions
of narrow track. A multi-day Kokopelliís Trail outing
requires extensive planning. This description is intended
to give you a rough idea of what to expect some portions of
Trail includes 8 small camping areas (2-3 campsites each)
along its length. Each camping area has a toilet; some
have picnic tables. Each of these is described briefly, along
with vehicle access information about the campsites. Please
remember that there is no water anywhere along the trail.
State Line to Westwater Ranger Station: Kokopelliís
Trail follows an old dirt road through here. The road
is somewhat narrow and also includes a long steep hill that
requires four wheel drive. A Kokopelliís Campsite is located
at the top of the hill at the Bitter Creek overlook.
Vehicle access to the campsite is best gained via the Westwater
Exit on Interstate 70 (Exit #225). While there is also
a small campground located at the Westwater Ranger Station,
this campground is usually quite busy with parties preparing
to raft Westwater Canyon.
Ranger Station to Cisco Boat Landing: Kokopelliís
Trail follows a series of dirt roads the entire length of
this segment. Due to sand and some small ledges, four wheel
drive is recommended if full sized vehicles wish to traverse
this portion. Alternatively, vehicles may drive to Cisco
on Interstate 70 and use the paved road to get to Cisco Boat
Boat Landing to McGraw Bottom on Highway 128: The
trail follows a graded dirt road from Cisco Boat Landing to
Fish Ford, where a Kokopelliís Campsite is located adjacent
to the Colorado River. (This campsite is easily reached
by any type of vehicle from Cisco). The trail leaves
the Fish Ford road (prior to Fish Ford Camp) and becomes progressively
less driveable. When the trail reaches the Colorado
River, it becomes a single track trail. The trail again
becomes a four wheel drive road, crosses Cisco Wash, and becomes
a graded county road for the last mile before reaching Highway
128. Full sized vehicles wishing to go from Fish Ford
to Highway 128 must go back to the town of Cisco and follow
Highway 128 to McGraw Bottom.
Bottom to Dewey Bridge via Yellow Jacket Canyon. (Alternately,
riders can go from McGraw Bottom directly to Dewey Bridge
on Utah State Highway 128.) This portion of the trail
is comprised of somewhat difficult-to-drive dirt roads.
Due to two very bad sections, it is not recommended for full
sized vehicles, even if they are four wheel drive. Support
vehicles should rejoin their parties at Dewey Bridge.
Bridge to Fisher Valley: Kokopelliís
Trail crosses Dewey Bridge and goes up a very good county
road. Cowskin Campsite is located four miles up the
road. At about six miles from Dewey Bridge, the trail
leaves the graded county road and goes through a fence.
While this section of the trail was originally a road, it
has become virtually a single track. Support vehicles should
not follow bikers on this portion of the road.
trail rejoins the main county road and continues up Entrada
Bluffs. The road gradually worsens as it ascends.
Support vehicles should only go as far as their drivers feel
comfortable. Under no circumstances should support vehicle
drivers start down ďRose Garden HillĒ (when the trail starts
to descend, you have entered the approach to Rose Garden Hill).
trail then descends into Fisher Valley. Support vehicles
may rejoin their bikers by going up the graded Onion Creek
Road. The Onion Creek road is susceptible to flooding,
but is usually passable to any high clearance two wheel drive
vehicle. (There is a private ranch in Fisher Valley,
and the Onion Creek Road accesses this ranch. Please
follow the Kokopelli signs carefully to respect private property
and to stay on the trail.)
Valley to North Beaver Mesa: From
Fisher Valley, the trail ascends a hill and descends into
Hideout Canyon. This road is very steep, and four wheel
drive is required to get out of Hideout Canyon (in either
direction). There is a Kokopelli Campsite in Hideout
Canyon. From Hideout Canyon, the trail ascends to the
Manti-LaSal National Forest. This portion of the road
is driveable only by four wheel drive vehicles. Once
in the Forest, the trail goes through the ponderosa pines
of North Beaver Mesa. The trail intersects the graded
and graveled county road that runs from Gateway, Colorado
to Moab, Utah. Turn right (toward Moab) on this road.
Beaver Mesa to Porcupine Rim: the
trail from North Beaver Mesa to the top of Fisher Mesa (and
the Bull Draw Kokopelli Campsite) is graveled and passable
by any type of vehicle. From Bull Draw, the road is
paved for 12 miles. It descends into Castle Valley,
accessing the Rock Castle Kokopelli Campsite. The paved
road then ascends into the mountains, accessing the Cold Springs
Kokopelli Campsite (this is called Mason Draw on some maps).
The trail leaves the paved road just after a beautiful viewpoint.
The trail goes down an old, eroded, brushy road, which is
not passable by full sized vehicles. It reaches the
Sand Flats Road, where support vehicles can rejoin the bikes
(motor vehicles should continue on the paved road to the Sand
Flats Road, turning west on Sand Flats). The trail goes
down the Sand Flats Road, passing the Porcupine Rim Kokopelli
Campsite just above the Porcupine Rim Trail.
Rim to Moab: The
trail simply follows the Sand Flats Road all the way into
the town of Moab. On the way, it passes the many campsites
in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, and also passes the Slickrock
Bike Trail parking lot. Support vehicles will usually
have no problem with any portion of the Sand Flats Road.
you are doing the entire Kokopelliís Trail, you should be
advised that extensive planning is necessary. The
season of year must be carefully considered; elevations range
from 4000 to 8000 feet. In Spring, snow can still be a problem
in the mountains while heat is starting to increase in the
desert. Providing sufficient drinking water can also
be a challenge, especially if you do not have a support vehicle.
However, the trip is a great adventure and makes a very enjoyable