Ride The “Unc”
is short for Ride The Uncompahgre
(un-com-pah-gre – and sounds like an abbreviation for “uncle”). The Uncompahgre is a Ute Indian word for dirty water or red water spring. It is also the name of a plateau in Western Colorado that rises over 4,000 feet above the valley floor and stretches over 60 miles in length. Additionally, it is the name of a National Forest which covers almost 1,500 square miles. These massive land features, plus the San Miguel Mountains, Lizard Head Wilderness, the Grand Mesa (world’s largest flat top mountain) and the Colorado National Monument all form the backdrop and landscape for an incredible journey through some of the most scenic and remote areas of Western Colorado.RockyTrax
is a small family owned outdoor recreation company that offers camper, dual sport and ATV rentals, as well as camper delivery and set up services and dual sport and ATV tours. We at RockyTrax
are especially excited about our unique and exclusive guided dual sport and adventure bike tour know as Ride The “Unc”
From start to finish you will experience authentic rural Colorado, sometimes riding for hours and rarely seeing another soul. In three plus days of backcountry riding you will enjoy small town communities, endless landscapes of ranch lands, vistas, huge valleys and rugged mountains. It’s some of the best and least discovered parts of Western Colorado where you’ll see the countryside like a local and not a tourist. You’ll be more likely to encounter ranchers and cattle than you will tourists and traffic.
Thursday afternoon begins at our home, nick named the RockyTrax Ranch, located in Glade Park, CO which is 30 minutes from Grand Junction and above the Colorado National Monument.
Whether you ride your own bike or we pick you up at the airport, you will quickly find yourself in rural and peaceful surroundings, setting the stage for the scenic and remote journey ahead. You will be treated to self guided tours, free time on the ranch, and optional activities like learning to rope or target shooting with “old west” style pistols. Evening comes with dinner and overnight lodging in our guest campers. All campers are modern, clean and comfortable with queen beds and memory foam mattresses! Unless specifically requested, all guests will enjoy private single occupancy lodging.Day Two:
This 400 mile, 50/50 highway/off road trip kicks off Friday morning with a scenic twisty ride into town for breakfast at a small family owned coffee shop and a brief ride on the highway to Unaweep Canyon where twistier canyon riding awaits. Then its gravel and dirt roads for the majority of the day as we traverse the Uncompahgre Plateau on our way to the small ranching town of Norwood, CO where we will dine and lodge at the J2F Guest Ranch (also single occupancy unless requested otherwise). While on the Plateau we will have lunch on the trail and offer some slightly more technical side routes for the more advanced riders while allowing the entry level riders to follow our 4x4 support truck for easier riding with epic scenery along the way.Day Three:
Saturday morning begins with a hearty breakfast at the J2F, then a backcountry ride through the San Miguel Mountain Range down into the famous mountain town of Telluride, CO.
Our guests will enjoy several hours of free time to have lunch and visit the local shops and attractions (Okay so there are some “touristy” things to do). From Telluride it’s an easy self guided 40 minute trip by pavement back to Norwood and the J2F for a light dinner and relaxation on the upstairs patio while watching the sunset.Day Four:
Sunday begins with breakfast at the J2F, a ride back over the Uncompahgre Plateau via a slightly different route and then over the Grand Mesa, back to Grand Junction for dinner at a local brewery. Then it’s back home to the RockyTrax Ranch
(via the Colorado National Monument) for the evening.Day Five:
Sadly, guests will be heading home. Those on their own bikes and those catching a ride with us back to the airport will get to travel the Colorado National Monument one more time. Although we’ll be saying farewell to new found friends and adventurers, it is our hope and prayer that each of our guests will be heading home with great stories, memories and a renewed spirit, filled not just by an experience, but by a way of life!2019 Tour Dates
– Each tour is four nights and 3.5 days (includes the arrival and departure date with four nights lodging - two nights at RockyTrax Ranch and two nights lodging at the J2F Guest Ranch):
● June 27 - July 1
● July 11 - 15
● August 1 - 5
● August 29 - September 2
● September 12 - 16
Who this tour is for:
● Entry level dual sport riders or experienced riders with their larger ADV bikes. All riders must have their motorcycle license.
● The main route is by paved, gravel and dirt roads. All routes are considered two-wheel drive accessible, but riders should be comfortable on roads with long stretches of loose gravel, some sand and rocky sections, and occasional cliff side exposure. Rain is possible and can lead to slick or muddy conditions.
● Riders interested in scenic rides, traveling at a pace suitable for the least experienced riders in the group.
● Folks that enjoy a family friendly atmosphere and encouraging their fellow riders along the way.
Who this tour may not be suited for:
● Riders with no off road experience or new riders with large adventure bikes and minimal off road experience.
● Riders who are looking for extremely fast-paced or technical routes.
● Folks looking to stay in locations with a variety of night life options.
So why not start your adventure now? Please contact Andy Hanks, owner of RockyTrax
will be happy to answer your questions and help get you started on your next journey, including entry level training for off road riding the day before the tour! RockyTrax.com