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Vermillion Bluffs / Sevenmile Ridge Mountain Biking Trails

Basics
Location:
North of Dinosaur National Monument, in the extreme northwestern corner of the state.
Length:
67 miles oneway
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Advanced
Aerobic Difficulty:
Difficult
Time To Allow:
Varies
Elevation Range:
5750 feet to 8120 feet
Elevation Change:
2370 feet
Season:
May to September

Description

This route offers scenic vistas of the Vermillion Bluffs badlands, cold desert plateau country characteristic of northwest Colorado and south central Wyoming. This area is known for its archaeological and paleontological significance, as well as diverse wildlife including some of the few remaining wild horse herds in Colorado. The route consists of rolling high desert terrain with some steep segments, rocky surfaces and sparse sagebrush vegetation with scattered Pinyon/juniper woodlands. A loop ride is possible by utilizing SH318 (total is about 80 miles), and smaller loop rides are possible within Sand Wash Basin.

Details

Location:
North of Dinosaur National Monument, in the extreme northwestern corner of the state.
Length:
67 miles oneway
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Advanced
Aerobic Difficulty:
Difficult
Time To Allow:
Varies
Elevation Range:
5750 feet to 8120
Elevation Change:
2370
Season:
May to September

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From Craig, Colorado drive west 30 miles on U.S. Hwy 40 and turn right just past Maybell onto SH 318. The Sevenmile Ridge area can be accessed about 14 miles from Maybell off SH 318. Turn right onto County Road 75 just after crossing the Little Snake River. Travel about 1/2 mile to the watchable wildlife kiosk and park and ride from this point or others further along this route. If you travel about 5 miles up County Road 75 you will be on top of Sevenmile Ridge and avoid a steep climb up to this point.

Another access is 27 miles from Maybell. Turn right onto County Road 46 and travel 1 mile to where the watchable wildlife kiosk is located. Park and ride from this point or others further along this route. County Road 46 will put you closer to Vermillion Bluffs.


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