- Grand Junction, Montrose
- 142 miles
- Aerobic Difficulty:
- Time To Allow:
- 4 days
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 4500 feet
- Spring and Fall
The Tabeguache Trail (pronounced Tab-a-watch) is an epic mountain bike adventure, connecting Montrose and Grand Junction, Colorado. Built in 1990 to connect existing roads in the area and named after the Tabeguache Ute Indians of the area, the Tabeguache Trail begins in the Shavano Valley and traverses the Umcompahgre Plateau in 142 miles.
Starting in Montrose, a trip on the Tabeguache Trail generally takes at least four days and camping gear and all food must be brought along. Several sections of the trail are very difficult, requiring hiking around rock gardens and ledges. Views of the surrounding desert landscapes, mesas, desert flora and fauna are impressive along the Tabeguache Trail.
A ride on the Tabeguache Trail is a great way to explore canyon country and get away from civilization for a bit. A map is necessary on this ride.
Time To Allow:
Must bring camping gear
The Tabeguache Trail is a real endeavor and riders should be well stocked and prepared for such a journey and familiar with riding a loaded bike. It is essential to bring water purification, a repair kit and first aid kit. The Tabeguache Trail is multi-use so the occasional vehicle or other trail users may be seen along the way. Please be considerate on the trails and understand right of way protocol. The Tabeguache Trail is at least four days long and is a desert ride. Riders should start early, plan appropriately and always bring extra water when riding in the desert.
Starting in Montrose, drive six miles west of town on Spring Creek Road. Turn right onto 58.75 road and continue to Kiowa Road. Turn left and cross the valley to Shavano Valley Road. The Tabeguache Trail begins as a 4x4 road at the north end of the Shavano Valley Road.
To get to the trailhead in Grand Junction, take West Grand Avenue, which becomes Broadway. Follow Broadway to Monument Road. Take a left on Monument Road and follow signs to the CNM parking lot on Left. Look for signage for the Tabeguache Trail.