The "Rojo" trail located near Vernal, Utah. Rojo is just North of Vernal on 2500 West.
Rojo is accessed by climbing up "Red Mountain Downhill - West" which is a two-track jeep trail with several rock ledges and then riding down Rojo. The trailhead for Rojo can be difficult to find for the first time without GPS. The trailhead is at N40 34.263 W109 34.013 you can plug the coordinates right into the Googlemaps app on your phone and it'll lead you right to it. You'll see white painted lines marking the trail. Make sure when you are climbing you stay left at each fork.
The Rojo trail is mostly slickrock with some cratered bumpy sections, and a few smooth rolling sections. There is a great view near the top where you ride along the edge of the mesa overlooking a green valley below. The trail winds up and down throughout with a few technical climbs that will test your skills.
This trail is an advanced trail, but could be tackled by skilled intermediates. I highly recommend tubeless tires on a full suspension bike due to the fact that there are several sharp rocks, cactus, and brush along with the bumpy ride.
There are no bathrooms, or running water. Make sure to bring food, water, and tools.
Vernal is located right on highway 40 which runs from east to west from Denver, CO to Salt Lake City, UT.
You could also fly into Salt Lake City, UT which has an international airport and then rent a car to drive to Vernal. (Approx 2.5 hrs.) Keep in mind there are no bike rentals in Vernal so you will need to bring your bike or rent one in Salt Lake City.
There are several hotels in Vernal I would recommend one of the 2 Marriots, Comfort Inn, Landmark Inn, and Ledgestone Inn. I have personally stayed at the Marriot, and the Landmark. Both hotels were great!
The local bike shop is Altitude Cycle. Altitude has alwasy been great to me. They can do repairs, maintenance, have great prices on bikes and often do sales. You can pickup whatever you need there and the staff is great. Let them know Kyle sent you!
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