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Q for "hankthespacecowboy": trails close to Gateway?

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Hi Hank! The wife and I are visiting Gateway this coming weekend for a couple of days. Staying at "the resort" and bringing our mtbs.

I'm hoping you might be able to point us toward some easy mtb trails near Gateway. Easy is the key, even 4x4 jeep trails would work ok.

What have you found so far?

Thanks in advance!

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If you are looking for 4x4 style jeep trails, we have them out the wazoo here. Not so much down here in the canyon, but up on top of the mesas, above the Navajo sandstone layer where all the uraniam mines were/are. Once you get up there, you could literally ride for years in an attempt to explore all the roads. Conditions vary from asphalt-smooth to so detoriated you can hardly make out where the road was.

Currently, Uncompaghre Plateau has the best developed/mapped roads & trails in the area. We are working on getting Forest Service maps of the U.P. to sell in our store, but don't have them yet. I would recommend calling the FS at 970-242-8211 to get your own copy before you come down. The veritable warren of roads that criss-cross Dolores Point and the rest of the area are only about 5% mapped. We are working on exploring and tracking them with GPS, but it's a big job.

We also do a trip up to Sky Mesa, a ranch the resort owns up John Brown Canyon. There is a 20 minute hike to a spectacular overlook of Sinbad Valley, the La Sals to the West and all the way to San Juans if the weather is clear. It's pretty much all downhill from there, on old ranch and mining roads (approx. 3-4 miles), and then down John Brown Canyon road which is super-smooth, but steep.

My name is Aaron. If I'm not around, any of the other folks who work here in the Outfitters will be glad to help you - Luke, Steve, Chris, Amy, or Gin. Look forward to seeing you!
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