Paradox Trail For Mountain Biking

The 22nd most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.

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West of Montrose, the Paradox Trail links Tabeguache Trail with Kokopellis Trail in Moab. Most of its 100+ miles follow existing Jeep and country roads, and are accessible from May through November. The route rolls through remote desert with over 14,000 feet of climbing along the way.

This trail is marked every mile and at key intersections with brown, carsonite posts with the Paradox Trail emblem. Use of topographical maps and a compass is strongly recommended. Drinking water is not found on the trail but in most of the drainages. Proper treatment is recommended.

The Paradox Trail can be accessed on the Uncompahgre Plateau, where it joins the Tabeguache Trail, or on the Manti-La Sals, where it joins the Kokopelli run into Moab. The trail runs through Bedrock, Paradox, and an alternate section allows mountain bike riders to go into Nucla to resupply.

All these trails are marked in sections, with many accessible at either end by support vehicles.

Overall, Paradox Trail is the 22nd most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Paradox Trail including Spring Creek, Buzzard Gulch Loop, Sidewinder Trail, Flowing Park Loop and Clear Creek Loop.

Paradox Trail Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Uncompahgre National Forest (970) 327-4261; COPMOBA (303) 241-9561; BLM (303) 244-3050; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bikers Guide To Colorado" from Dan Hickstein

Recommended Map:  "Southwest Colorado Recreation Map" from Latitude 40

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Naturita Lodge (970) 865-2700

GPS:  38.326683, -108.231583

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  8/8/2016

ID:  5987

Paradox Trail Mountain Biking Map


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