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Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop

Fruita

Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado

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Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop

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  • The trail up to Mary's is like an ancient highway of rock.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Much of the trail is wide in sections, allowing for plenty of speed.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • The trail comes right up to the canyon edge in some places.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • The majestic canyons sprawl out below.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • A few tricky rock obstacles hide in the canyon crevices.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Strange erosion patterns dot the rocks of the landscape here.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Wide easy trails in sections near the end.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Grand views of the Colorado River from the final section of trail.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Mary's dedication plaque.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • This is the place to stop and take in the views.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Evidence of the millennia it took to carve out this section of heaven.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Views from Mary's at sunset.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
  • Don't forget to stop at the Colorado National Monument while in Fruita, it's just down the road from McInnis Canyon.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Mary's Loop
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Pros: 
Spectacular views from the cliffs of the Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness.
Cons: 
Some technical challenges. Novices should use caution.
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Region:
Uncompahgre Plateau, CO
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
5.60 mi (9.01 km)
Terrain Difficulty: 
GREEN
Trailhead Elev.: 
4,559 ft (1,390 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
259 ft (79 m)
Trail Uses:
Biking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed?: 
Yes
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Mary’s Loop in the McInnis Canyon section of the Kokopelli Mountain Bike Trail is one of the most breathtaking rides in the entire system. The Kokopelli Mountain Bike Trail is an old mix of single track, four-wheel drive roads, and backcountry roads that begins in Loma Colorado and travels over 142 miles over the Las Mountains of Utah, down the infamous Porcupine Rim Trail, and ends in Moab, Utah. Created by the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) in the days before full suspension mountain bikes, this might be one of the most epic trails in all of Colorado. To ride it in its entirety is a massive undertaking; fortunately, there are options to ride only select parts.

There are several loops that intersect the Kokpoelli in its 142-mile journey across the Colorado Plateau. Mary’s is a 5.6-mile stretch of trails that will have you meandering along the tops of towering sandstone cliffs as you view the epic expanse of the Colorado River below. You can make this trail a loop by taking either Hawkeye Road back to the beginning or by catching either Horsethief Bench, Steve’s Loop, or Wrangler Loop in the canyon. This trail typifies the area with a mix of rocky stone obstacles, perilous exposure over the river, grand red stone cliffs that seem to never end, and amazing views of the Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness across the Colorado. Mary’s Loop is a connector for most all the trails in McInnis Canyon, which can make traffic there pretty busy especially on the weekends. Best times to ride there are early in the morning or later in the day; at sunset you’ll be greeted with glowing red and orange canyons while the river glistens and churns below.
 

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