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blue Kokopelli Trail: Cisco to Westwater

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14.4 mile 23.2 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 645' 197 m
Descent: -483' -147 m
High: 4,643' 1,415 m
Low: 4,158' 1,267 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Vince Romney

This is a scenic desert run following dirt roads and ATV trails which are part of the Kokopelli Trail.

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Overview

As a return to the Westwater Ranger Station boat launch from the Cisco takeout, this makes a great use of time between daily raft trips down through Westwater Canyon. The slow, rolling climbs up to the top of the mesa provide great views of the surrounding expanse. No water is available.

Need to Know

Make sure you have plenty of water. It's very dry, and there are no sources of water most of the year. If you are rafting/kayaking Westwater multiple days, then this is a great way to let others haul back the vehicles and watercraft while you get a good run in. If you were to do this just as a run, then you'll need to get dropped off at Cisco so you can meet the car back at Westwater Ranger Station/Put-in.

Description

The first 7.3 miles are on a traditional graded dirt/gravel road at which point you exit onto an ATV dual-track. I did this run on a Saturday evening starting at about 5:30 p.m. and did not encounter another person, on foot or vehicle. It was completely isolated and was amazingly peaceful.

Between miles 3 and 4, you'll find agates sitting on the road bed. I saw a few lizards, ravens, vultures, and a hawk. The ATV trail drops down into a fun little gully, crossing into a climb up to the high-point of the run at about 9.5 miles.

The descent runs past the train tracks, and I had a train pass going the other direction where the trail was only a few yards away... it was very loud. The ATV trail ends at the pavement by the railroad overpass, and you run the pavement to the ranger station for the last 1.5 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards, birds, and small mammals (didn't see any of the mammals, but saw tracks).

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