Bikepack the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park or The Navajo Nation
Now Booking for spring 2020! Tours will run with a minimum of two people. Choose your own start dates for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park Tours, or sign up for one of our scheduled tours. Click here to check out the calendar for scheduled tours.
The Tribal Park offers access to pristine, 1000-year-old Ancient Puebloan ruins and a stunning canyon landscape. Avoid the crowds, time constraints, and locked gates of Mesa Verde National Park, and explore one of the Southwest's best hidden secrets. Visit cliff dwellings, discover pottery (that you must leave behind!), and learn from Native American guides about the ancient people who preceded them. Check out our photo gallery, and read more about why this place is so special in this National Geographic article.
1-Day Out & Back - Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park Tour (Level 3 or 1+ w/ E-bike)
Choose Your Own Dates | Trips Offered Daily | For Intermediate/Advanced Cyclists | $250 (Includes Ute Tour Costs)
Meet your guide(s) at 7a.m. at the Mancos Brewery. Shuttle 10 miles down to Scullbinder Ranch, gear up, and by 8:30a.m. be on the remote, dirt road into the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park. It's a 10-mile mostly downhill ride to the beginning of the "Remote Tour." We will meet Wolf, our Ute Mountain Ute guide, late morning for an hour-long hike to Ancient Puebloan ruins high in the cliffs above the Mancos River. We'll lunch along the way, when appropriate. On the ride back to Scullbinder Ranch, we'll stop and self tour another road-side ruin, snack, and end up at the Ranch late afternoon or early evening. We'll shuttle you back to the Brewery where you can grab dinner before you head home!
Email us to schedule your preferred tour date, or sign up below for spring/fall tours. One person required to schedule a tour. Add an extra night of glamping at the Ranch, or sign up for a fully-catered, gourmet meal.
3-Day Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park Bikepacking Tour (Level 2)
Tours Scheduled April-June & September-November | Trips Offered Weekly | For Intermediate Bikepackers | $895
Meet your guide, Steve "Doom" Fassbinder, at 1p.m. on Day 1 (typically a Friday) in Mancos for this out-and-back tour. You'll ride 10 miles down to Scullbinder Ranch (we will shuttle your gear). While there, enjoy the pump track and mountain bike trails on the property before dining on a simple, delicious dinner over the fire. Get a great night's sleep listening to the Mancos River from your private or shared glamping tent. Early on Day 2, ride 10 miles down into the Tribal Park to meet our Ute Mountain Ute guide for a tour of the remote "Two-Story Cliff House" ruins. That night we'll camp in the Tribal Park. Day 3 you'll ride back to the Ranch and have lunch before shuttling back to Mancos.
Email us to schedule your preferred dates, or sign up below for tours between April-June and September-November. Two+ people required to run a tour. Add an extra night of glamping at the Ranch, or step up the game with a fully-catered, gourmet meal.
4-Day Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park Bikepacking Tour (Level 3)
Tuesdays-Fridays starting April 13 | Or Choose Your Own Dates | For Advanced Bikepackers | $1095
Meet your guide(s) at 1p.m. in Mancos for the start of this four-day bikepacking loop tour. Days 2 & 3 follow the same itinerary as the Level 1 trip. But Day 3, you'll ride 14 miles uphill to Lion Canyon to spend the afternoon touring a half-dozen additional ruins with your Ute guide. Camp out and dine that night on the canyon rim. On Day 4 you'll ride a long, but not too burly 40 miles through the Tribal Park and Cherry Creek Valley back to the Mancos Brewery.
Email us to schedule your preferred dates, or sign up below for tours between April-June and September-November. Two+ people required to run a tour. Add an extra night of glamping at the Ranch, or step up the game with a fully-catered, grilled-over-the-fire gourmet meal.
2-Day Comb Ridge - Navajo Reservation Tour (Level 4)
For Self-Sufficient, Experienced Bikepackers Only
*100% proceeds from these trips support a future project to get disadvantaged kids on bikes.*
Meet your Navajo Guide Jon Yazzie in Kayenta, 11a.m. on Day 1 for an out-and-back Bikepacking Tour to some popular northeast Navajoland destinations. Enjoy panoramic views of the park sandstone formations, from Elk Ridge to Bears Ears. This moderately strenuous six-hour, 20-mile ride follows double track, sand dunes and sand stone shelves. Fat bikes recommended; plus bikes will work. Campsite includes a beautiful sunset/sunrise. Depart 10a.m. for return ride. Bring 5-6L of water per person, adequate food, appropriate clothing for inclement weather, hiking shoes and gaiters, and camp and cook kits. Max three people. Email Jon for details. Rent bikes/gear from Roam Industry. $100 fee for delivery to Kayenta.
3-Day Ladies Intro to Bikepacking - Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park Tour (Level 2)
Choose Your Own Dates | For Intermediate Bikepackers | $825-$925
On this women-focused tour, you’ll gain all the skills you’d learn on any of our other skills-building tours, but you’ll be practicing in an environment more conducive to women. Our female guides have decades of experience guiding all types of people, and they have worked extensively with women- or girl-only groups. Spend three days with our dynamic team learning bike handling skills, how to pack your bike for a multi-day bikepacking adventures, and backcountry maintenance techniques. And while you do it, enjoy exploring some of the Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park. Spend the night before or after at Scullbinder Ranch, and enjoy a dinner under the stars and light breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, coffee/tea, cereal, and fruit. Stay tuned for itinerary details.