This epic mountain bike trip includes food and drinks, 3 days riding and two nights in our cozy huts. The deluxe trip includes an additional night at the exclusive Gateway Canyons Resort (double occupancy).
You’ll meet “The Hut Guy” at 8 a.m. at the CBB Bike Shop in Fruita for a pre-trip orientation. After reviewing the maps and explaining some of the ins and outs of backcountry adventure travel you will be shuttled about an hour to the drop point on the Uncompahgre Plateau. Soon thereafter, you will find yourself on the Smith Point Trail, a single track gem which winds through the Dominguez Canyon. You’ll navigate pristine single track through a pinion and juniper desert before climbing into a huge forest of ponderosa pines and aspens leading you to your first destination — a backcountry cowboy camp where you’ll spend the first night of your mountain biking adventure.
After a good nights rest and a big breakfast you will have a chance to chart your course on day 2. The direct route to the hut is a scenic ten-mile ride, which includes some smooth single track through a thick aspen grove. For those who can’t get enough you will be provided with directions for an alternate loop that will take you north on the Uncompahgre Plateau and onto some more technical trails with some gripping down and breathtaking up hills. Choose this route, and you can expect 28 miles and to be in the saddle for around six hours. Pack a lunch! There will be plenty lunch options to choose from at the hut including plastic bags to pack it in.
The final day of the Dominguez Trip will take you over the high flying woop de doos of The Mailbox Trail before dropping you on some technical sections of the Ute Creek Trail. For those who prefer a more mellow ride, an alternative route is provided. It is comprised of ATV and jeep trails that offer huge views of the Blue Creek Canyon from Leonard’s Ridge. Either way it’s a great day of riding with huge views of the La Sal Mountains and a 3000 foot plunge into Gateway Canyon. You’ll cruise the final miles to the secluded Gateway Canyons Resort. CBB offers a shuttle ride back to Fruita or we can move your car to Gateway ($50) so its there when you get there and you can operate on your own schedule.
”The huts were clean and comfy. The ride was hard and long with non stop scenic views. Our group was 3 women from San Diego who have varied experience. I will definitely be back for round 2!Julie T.Cardiff, California
Our deluxe package includes a night’s stay at the Gateway Canyons Resort. You will roll right into the resort and the friendly folks of Gateway will be expecting you. Your gear will be in your room and your car will be parked in the lot if you arranged to have it delivered by CBB. After a gourmet meal and a recuperative night, spend a lazy day around the resort’s pool, tube down the Dolores River or try your hand at fly fishing. We encourage you to visit the resort’s website for a complete list of amenities.