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ZION CURTAIN

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Joe Cruz surveys the view from Zion Curtain overlook.
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COMMENTS: Aerobic cross country ride for the junkie who's ridden most of the Grand Valley and beyond. The moto single track takes you to "Zion's Curtain" then two ridge overlooks and a pinion graveyard. There's a fine rolling downhill to bittercreek valley.

STARTING POINT: I -70 to rabbit valley exit. Turn north then take gravel west over ridge. Take the first left and go to the I-70 underpass.

RIDE TYPE: LOOP

TRAIL TYPE: SINGLE TRACK 80%, DOUBLETRACK 20%

ELEVATION CHANGE: 1559 feet

DISTANCE: 13.7 miles

APPROXIMATE RIDE TIME: 3-4 hours

DIFFICULTY: Advanced - aerobically challenging uphill, few moderate technical sections

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RIDE DESCRIPTION: Start at underpass and go 0.5 miles to well defined ST on left.  Cross over DT and go into cool canyon then up the wash. Climb steep hill then pedal to Zion Curtain fence at 3 miles. Although this is the true Utah-Colorado boarder, symbolically this is the end of the promised land to some. Up steadily to the first rabbit valley view (6.8 miles). Nice place to see Castle rocks, Parallel 2 trail and Eastern/Western rims.  Head west on wide tract near the ridge line to the fire licked pinion graveyard. Travel uphill to 2nd viewpoint into bittercreek. Roll the downhill until you get to a short steep loose pitch. If packed it might be slide-able. Roll the next section cursing the motocross developers for not staying high and making a cutoff to the DT. Weave your way to a 2nd wash in bittercreek then hike uphill (waypoint 5). At the Kokopelli intersection turn right. FYI 1 mile west on the Kokopelli is the start of the Overlook trail at bittercreek campground. Instead cruise northward to the 1st DT on your right that goes uphill ( point7). More climbing then downhill on loose gravel passing the ST beginning.

MAP OF RIDE: HIGH RESOLUTION MAP

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