20.0 miles
Distance
460 ft
Climb
-5,789 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Please respect trail closures. The upper trails on this ride are closed in the early and late season due to snow and moisture on the trail and when shops and shuttle companies say the trail is closed it is for good reason.

3/4 Enchilada - Starting from Miners Basin and Hazard Country.

This is possibly one of the best mountain bike rides in the world. We have started the route from Miners Basin which is a common shuttle drop in the early and late season due to snow and moisture on the trails. In the heat of the summer it is possible to also start on Burrow Pass. This ride is long and quite challenging at times. Make sure that you bring lots of water and plenty of spare inner tubes. It is an accomplishment to do this ride without at least one flat tire in your group and don't be surprised if everyone has at least one flat even if you are running tubeless. The views are incredible and finishing down at the Colorado River hours later is pretty surreal. It is quite easy to ride along the road right back to your accommodation in Moab. If you do not think you will be up to a pedal home you can always plan ahead and leave a car at the bottom of the Porcupine Rim Trail.

We recommend using one of Moab's awesome shuttle companies for easy trail-head access.

Detailed Description
3/4 Enchilada - Starting on Hazard County at Miners Basin parking - RideSpots.com is a 20 mile popular expert route located near Moab Utah. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 460 ft with a max elevation of 9,504 ft then descends -5,789 ft.
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46 Reviews & Comments

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Gritzka1 (Nov 23, 2022 at 17:46)
If you were to ask me (and even if you weren't,) I'd tell this is an awesome ride and if you're in Moab, you should most definitely ride it. Very fun.
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Nmhinton (Jul 9, 2022 at 14:11)
No way this ranks anywhere near a top ride imo. Blown out jeep trail makes up the majority of this ride... no thanks! Make it ebike friendly and it might be more fun, but Moab trail police haven't figured that out that there is a difference between class 1 emtbs and a motorcycle yet. Way overrated trail.
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Nmhinton (Jul 9, 2022 at 13:59)
This "trail" is mostly destroyed jeep trail... maybe fun for some people, but way overrated in my opinion. The views are awesome of course, but one expects that in Moab. The fact that no emtbs allowed is ridiculous... Moab need to get with the times on that issue. The singletrack does have some fun sections, but the rest of the trail was like riding a jackhammer.
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Olemanmtb (Jun 27, 2022 at 7:23)
Trail Kokopelli
Great fast ride. Pick your line
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Winjones8 (Apr 4, 2022 at 18:25)
I’d say double track is rad if you like rad gnarly downhills that really test your physical ability. Single track is obviously sick too though.
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Madsadsalad (Dec 13, 2021 at 19:28)
“Flow” trails are fine for areas with very little acreage to jam in an efficient trail network, but as much as they are fun, they are also generally scripted, planned, and frankly rather sterile. A lot of the new trails in Moab are like this. Fun trails, but essentially all pretty much the same. At its inception, Mountain Biking was about covering large stretches of mixed terrain with resilience, fortitude, and a spirit of adventure. Technical skills were just as, if not more important, than pumping and flow my bro. There were no soulless trail cutting machines and fastidiously groomed berms. The rocks were actually considered a feature and not a bug. Trails had character. So it is with the iconic Porcupine Rim. Love it while it lasts. The lower section was once much more raw, challenging, and gnarly before the masses complained it into submission. Porcupine is a grand cathedral of the sport and should be approached with reverence. If not awe.
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sunderland56 (Dec 14, 2021 at 8:21)
Any changes to Porcupine Rim are due to mother nature - the constant sun / wind / rain / snow / etc - not workers making changes. That trail is insanely difficult to get to with tools and so it only receives minimal work. It is also within a WSA which restricts what can be done.
We are lucky to have several MTB Hall of Famers living in Moab and they say the trail is just as challenging as it was back in the day. Remember, though, that bikes have gotten a LOT better, which makes everything seem that much easier.
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misterjohn123 (Dec 10, 2021 at 17:47)
agree with most commenters here. trail is split into double track section and singletrack section. first half of double track is just a road with lots of rocks and short technical climbs. second half gets more technical with drops and ledges, lots of fun but lots of opportunities to get caught on square rock edges. singletrack portion is awesome and worth going through the double track imo. relatively flowy with cool technical sections (drops, off camber, exposure) and great views. area near the river is REALLY technical on the ups and downs but easily scoped and walked, props if you can clean this.
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EpicTrails (Nov 22, 2021 at 16:40)
Moabs biggest disappointment. The last 5% of the trail is super fun and there are awesome views along the way, but most of the trail is just a road full of janky chunder.
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eeshtar (Oct 16, 2021 at 18:52)
Surely there are trail builders keen to create an alternate to the endless soul crushing double track
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dildo-baggins (Jul 8, 2021 at 8:14)
What a jank pile. Fruita is way better!
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northernshoob (Jun 13, 2021 at 9:40)
Can’t believe I did this ride starting in 102° weather. If your not an experienced rider, do not, by any means, ride this trail. Full face helmet recommended due to jagged rocks and easy over-handlebars experiences. Luckily I did not fly over my handlebars. I could see it happening quite easily as two in my group happened to do this. Bring LOTS of water as well as electrolytes ESPECIALLY if you are doing it in the summer. Some parts of the trail are virtually unrideable (near the end) so expect to dismount (and don’t feel bad about it). Be careful out there, it’s a rough trail that shouldn’t be done without full dedication. Have a good ride.
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:16)
Trail UPS Lower
Description is perfect - epic views, with good flow and some spicy sections. If you're a rook like me, keep your speed up and roll it baby. Retry the stuff you can't do - bc you can.
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:15)
Epic views.
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:10)
Trail Kokopelli
If you get a shuttle to LPS, this is a fun one to climb up (watch out for oncoming traffic). Nice way to avoid the drive out to the La Sal loop road, and get some climbing in - rip Jimmy Keen up top if you want to get a little flow on dirt before coming down the porcupine rim!
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kennethspencer44 (Mar 31, 2021 at 18:53)
I am 52 and have been mountain biking for 20 years but I am not a big drop off guy and I am a little more cautious these days due to my age. My bike today was my 2013 Rocky Mtn. Element 930 which is a full suspension cross country bike without a lot of travel. Having said all of that I think Porcupine is a very fun trail and I am glad I rode it. When it looked too sketchy I just walked it on through. We shuttled up as high as we could and did 16 miles on the trail and 4 more to get back to town. It is a very fun and technical trail.
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RyanCox21 (Nov 2, 2020 at 11:11)
People that don’t like the double track either have shitty bikes, or don’t like rowdy downhill riding.
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Jjwhite5 (Oct 21, 2020 at 7:52)
Trail Kokopelli
I love this part of WE. It’s a nice fast trail with some great views.
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Jjwhite5 (Oct 21, 2020 at 7:46)
My favorite trail of all time. It’s only fun if you can get comfortable launching off the jumps. To me it’s the right level of technicality. While I like Capt Ahab for its views etc. it’s a little nerve racking to ride and the downhill isn’t very fast. PPR is fast and not super scary so in my mind it sits right there as the perfect level of fun. Great downhill, really fun jumps and the right amount of technical features to feel like you did some work.
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freerider619 (Sep 2, 2020 at 5:52)
Fun ride. Not a typical downhill trail. I’m from PACNW and have been spoiled riding flowy dh trails. This trail had some sections that flow. Lots of small drops off rock ledges. Some technical sections which will have you on edge. Literally. I brought my enduro bike which did very great for this trails. I ended up getting dropped off at the first trail head off the main road and then had to climb a brutal 3 miles up hill. Which normally wouldn’t be a problem but being acclimated at sea level and then trying to climb at 5k elevation was tough for the lungs but well worth it.
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JackBrady (Jun 13, 2020 at 17:01)
Double track part is fun to bomb but will murder your hands. Last section of trail should be a double black.
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 1, 2019 at 11:00)
Trail UPS
This where The Whole Enchilada starts to get fun! Amazing views, cool red rock slabs, some techy bits, and a lot of speed. Read more about The Whole Enchilada and UPS here! twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/the-whole-enchilada-what-you-need-to-know
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 1, 2019 at 10:56)
This is the best part of the Whole Enchilada, especially as you get further down toward the river. As for the doubletrack, it is kind of meh IF you follow the main lines, but once you figure out that there are tons of alt lines - including drops and kickers - to the sides of the doubletrack it becomes immensely more fun. Read more about The Whole Enchilada in this blog post twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/the-whole-enchilada-what-you-need-to-know
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muddbunnies (Oct 8, 2019 at 15:35)
Trail LPS Alt
This trail still does not exist or at least doesn't as per the explanation. You still have to do the notch. Please fix this as there's tons of people bushwalking the area trying to find it.
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mattman0321 (Oct 1, 2019 at 13:40)
Never seen such bad trail manners, I was yelled at for going the “wrong way” though this doesn’t seem to be a one directional trail
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vydra (Jul 27, 2019 at 19:10)
Epic view, many technical rocky section, when “flowy” it’s deep sand. I’d recommend this trail, though bring a gallon or two in the summer heat.
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thetrailpup (Jul 25, 2019 at 14:55)
Best trail in moab. Period.
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WillieB (Jun 11, 2019 at 9:38)
Trail UPS
In my mind this trail is the main reason to ride all the way through to Porc Rim. So good! Slab sections are fun and gnar.
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dogbutt65 (Mar 28, 2019 at 18:54)
This is a very good trail for ADVANCED riders. Do not expect ‘flow’ riding of any sort. The 900’ vert climb to the rim is technical with multiple rock steps. The long descent takes you past countless 1-2’ rock step downs - FUN! Not for the feint of heart. Intermediate riders should look elsewhere - not the place to snap a collar bone. It took me riding solo a total 2:30 fromlower trailhead to hit the river at bottom, incl 20 mins of break time. I would do this again in a heartbeat, hopefully with snow gone so we can devourthe whole enchilada!
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spacemanDan (Nov 21, 2018 at 17:22)
Bottom 2 miles of this trail is probably the coolest trail Ive ever ridden. One or two darn near vertical rock garden sections that I hiked(and would rank as double black) but virtually all of the decent was do-able for me with no dabs. EPIC VIEWS
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sarahfitzp (Nov 21, 2018 at 15:29)
Trail LPS Alt
This trail does not exist, because we looked for it. If you want to avoid the notch descent take a right at the first fork down the shifty rock switchbacks, follow the signage on the trail.
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LKL1 (Nov 18, 2018 at 7:43)
Trail LPS
This trail is a lot like UPS- a single track trail with a fun mix of dirt, slabs and slickrock.
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:18)
Trail LPS
Perfectly described.
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bschleenbaker (Oct 1, 2018 at 14:42)
Upper portions are great for views, middle double track is mostly just to get between A and B but the last 2 miles of trail, that's where it"s at. Some of the best built trail you can find anywhere with amazing views and technical moves.
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kiki1597 (Jun 27, 2018 at 12:14)
Great ride - one of my favorite trails in Moab! Get a shuttle up and just enjoy the ride down! Love the technical sections and the views are incredible. Highly recommend this trail to any confident rider, and those from out of town should definitely do it (if they're good riders and not afraid of exposure or semi-sketchy technical descents).
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whatthecraig (May 21, 2018 at 7:25)
Great views and the last section is nice, but I will take the road to Sand Flats next time. Even on a big squishy 150mm 29er, this trail was extremely rough and downright painful to ride. I landed on my wrist earlier in the day and the constant jarring put me in a lot of pain.
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flagrfr (Apr 22, 2018 at 16:47)
Trail UPS
One of my favorite trails - some short techy sections and fast slab descents with a great flow throughout
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tommymcsass (May 14, 2021 at 11:14)
Trail UPS
Well said. Keep speed to keep the flow
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jsnswt (Apr 19, 2018 at 17:27)
double track sucks, too rocky and jagged. except for those ledge drops which are pretty fun. Single track is fun and fast.
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WillieB (Jun 11, 2019 at 9:36)
Double track was brutal. Only serious masochists would like that bit
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skills25 (Apr 10, 2018 at 13:25)
Trail LPS Alt
Trail does not exist. Or couldn’t find it. There is no trail beyond the notch that bypasses it
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carsonjensen (Nov 25, 2017 at 16:19)
Single track sections are amazing, the double track sucks though.
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JakeAndersonShred (Dec 17, 2014 at 14:00)
Porcupine Rim is a great trail. It is a very fast, kick-ass, rockin' downhill trail that will rattle your teeth. If you are looking for a lot of uphill portions, this trail is not for you. I started at the LPS and had essentially no climbs. There are super fun technical spots and killer views. Have fun and shred hard!
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canadaka Trailforks (Nov 21, 2014 at 17:17)
Even though parts of the porcupine rim are double track, I found it very fun to rip down at high speed on a beefier full suspension bike. Then the singletrack portion along the canyon edge is super fun, with some nice optional drops and exposure. Nice thing about the trail is riders of all levels can go, advanced riders will just go faster to make it more technical.
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Trails in Route

Kokopelli2 miles
UPS4,472 ft
Upper Porcupine ST659 ft
UPS Lower1 mile
LPS4,229 ft
Porcupine Rim11 miles

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Shuttled
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for 3/4 Enchilada - Starting on Hazard County at Miners Basin parking - RideSpots.com mountain bike route
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  • Altitude min
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  • Altitude start
    9,344 ft
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    4,012 ft
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  • Grade max
    -58%
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    14.7%
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    2 miles
  • Distance down
    17 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,006 ft
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