15 miles
1,827 ft
-1,827 ft
1 miles
High Point

Ride at your own risk. 35 dollar yearly permit required if you cross state trust lands.

This upper loop is where the soil is much more stable than within the badlands. It consists of very narrow singletrack, some sandy arroyo crossings and lots of cactus. Trails ARE DIRECTIONAL. This trail system is for seasoned trail riders with a good set of advanced skills under their belt. Be self contained and have all the tools and supplies needed if something goes wrong. This is in the middle of nowhere and the desert can eat you up and spit you out if you are not 100% prepared. Read all signs and respect the trails. Keep it narrow. Leave it like you found it with minimum impact. Please stay on the trail and off the cryptobiotic crust to help slow erosion in this area. Fat tires are not required for this upper loop but recommended. Fat bikes are required within the badlands to help minimize trail damage and erosion. Keep singletrack single. Beware of snakes bears and mountain lions that occasionally pass through this area.

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Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Upper loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    5,947 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,050 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,049 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
9 | 1 comments
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