The Flume Trail located up Dry Fork Canyon approximately 15 miles North of Vernal. The Flume trail is one of my favorite trails in the area because of the diverse terrain. There are 3 trailheads along the 9.5 mile trail. The Flume can be ridden as an out and back from the first or second trailhead or as a downhill shuttle from the third trailhead at Brownie Creek.
Beginner or lesser intermediate riders will prefer to bypass the section of trail from the first trailhead to the second due to advanced technical rock gardens, logs, rock drops, bridges, and large boulders which have to be navigated with care not to scrape your rear triangle. That being said it is my favorite section of the ride.
I typically ride from the first trailhead to the third, take a short rest and then ride back downhill. There is minimal traffic on The Flume and I have never seen another biker while riding it. The Flume is an awesome way to beat the heat during the summer. The trail borders a creek that flows through most of spring and summer.
There are restrooms and plenty of parking at the second and third trailheads, but no restrooms and minimal parking at the first. There are several locations to camp in the area and plenty of scenic views to take in. I usually see plenty of mule deer while riding the trail, but beware it is bear country as well.
Bring plenty of water and food, once you reach the third trailhead there is the option to continue on to the "Wild Iris" loop trail which will take you to the historical flume site. See Wild Iris page for more details.
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 always been great to me. They do repairs, maintenance, have great prices on bikes and often have sales. You can pickup whatever you need there and the staff is great. Let them know Kyle sent you!
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