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Sand Canyon-Canyon of the Ancients

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Basics
Length:
Up to 20 miles
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
1+ hours
Season:
Year Round

Description

Mountain biking in Sand Canyon, located in the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, is a wonderful way to explore the pre-historic relics of the area whilst enjoying a desert mountain bike adventure! Riders in Sand Canyon have the opportunity to ride past many ancestral Puebloan archeological sites including restored Pueblos, built over 1200 years ago!

Sand Canyon features a mix of wide desert trail and slickrock riding through desert geology and flora. Side trails abound here, though riders should be careful to stay on only marked trail to avoid damaging the fragile soils of the area. There is a good mix of climbing and downhills throughout the ride and riders should take advantage of the shady spots along the way.

Length:
Up to 20 miles
Various trail combinations. Shorter rides possible
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
1+ hours
Various trail combinations
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

There are several interpretive sites within the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument including the Anasazi Heritage Center, for visitors who would like to learn more about the people that once inhabited this area. Sand Canyon is multi-use so riders may encounter hikers, trail runners and other users and should follow right of way protocol when meeting other groups. It is suggested that riders frequent this area in the early morning during the summer months due to heat. In addition, riders should be prepared with a stocked repair kit, a first aid kit and a map.

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