Folks, this was a doozy. From our camp spot, do you call it a camp spot when you live in a trailer all the time? Anyway, from camp we rode gravel bikes out Valley of the Gods road to Highway 261, up 3 miles of switchbacks on the cliff, out road 241 to Muley Point and then back. There wasn’t a boring part to this ride. 41 miles, all scenic, all day.
Valley of the Gods road should only be ridden when it hasn’t rained recently. It will be a miserable, maybe impassable mess otherwise. The road is good hard dirt and gravel, no sand when we rode it. It rolls along with a gradual climb at the end closest to the switchbacks. That’s 16 miles of dirt before you hit maybe a mile of pavement. After the first switchback it turns back to gravel. This part wasn’t as smooth and they were regrading it the day we rode it so it was softish. The traffic was minimal and the speed limit is 15 or less. Everyone goes slow to take in the sights. Magnificent views!
At the top we turned left on road 241 and rode that hard packed dirt road 5 miles out to Muley Point. AGAIN, these views are breath taking. Snaking 1200′ below, you can see San Juan river.
Our previous post has some great pics but here are some more.