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San Rafael Swell - 4 Day Bike

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Activity Type:
Biking
Length:
4 Days - 102 Miles

Description

In a state brimming with national parks, it's easy to overlook another national treasure. Utah locals call it 'THE SWELL'. It's a three thousand-foot fold of sandstone and shale on the edge of the Colorado Plateau.

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Length:
4 Days - 102 Miles
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This typical itinerary illustrates a four-day bike trip through the San Rafael Swell.

Day 1
Meet group at the headquarters in Green River, Utah. A one and one-half hour van ride takes us to Temple Mountain near Goblin Valley State Park. The ride begins with a dirt trail which cuts through the San Rafael Reef, then parallels the uplifted rock faces. Upon entering the Swell, our trail heads west toward Hondoo Arch and Reds Canyon. We camp near the remains of miners cabins at Tomsich Butte.

Day 2
After exploring the remains of uranium mining camps around Tomsich Butte, we head north through the winding drainage of Reds Canyon. In the afternoon, we climb out of the canyons and up to the plateau called Sinbad Country. Our camp this night will offer us views of Iron Wash and the Head of Sinbad.

Day 3
We continue heading north this day. Along well graded roads, we cover almost 34 miles ending up north of Interstate 70. Our ride takes us across the open fields of Cottonwood Draw and Limestone Bench. The ride finishes at the San Rafael River with the structures of Windowblind Peak, Assembly Hall Peak, and Bottleneck Peak towering over our camp.

Day 4
This morning we take a leisure ride up Buckhorn Draw stopping to explore many Indian pictographs and even a dinosaur footprint. After crossing Furniture Draw, we head south to the Wedge Overlook, also known as the Little Grand Canyon. Our van will meet us here for a two-hour drive back to Green River.

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