The World Famous Whole Enchilada Trail is at the top of the hit list for many riders visiting Moab, and for good reason. This unique trail begins at 10,500ft, taking you above the treeline to 11,200ft. before descending over 7,000 feet in the span of 27 miles. On your ride, you will pass through alpine forests, aspen groves, along the legendary Porcupine Rim, and over red rock drops all the way down to the banks of the mighty Colorado River at 4,000ft. The changing climate zones, technical riding, and majestic views make it one of the most memorable rides of your life. It’s no wonder people travel from all over the world to ride it. The ride finishes with an additional 6 miles back to our departure lot, on a paved, relatively flat bike path.
The system is known as the Whole Enchilada even if we cannot drop at the highest trailhead. We always drop off at the highest accessible trailhead which is dictated by weather and trail conditions, as we strive to keep our trails healthy and in excellent condition. The US Forest Service does not allow access to Burro, the highest trailhead, until July 1st, and only if the snow has cleared.
It is important to know that the “Whole” Whole Enchilada, Burro down, is an ADVANCED ride. Burro starts one mile in, with a 700ft. climb over less than a mile, it then drops you off the backside of Burro pass beginning with narrow, tight, and steep switchbacks. You will descend nearly 2000ft in just over 2 miles. For spirited intermediate riders, we recommend starting below Burro, take your time, and use caution where necessary. Always remember the Raptor Route as an alternative ending if needed, a porcupine rescue is an average of 8 hours.
Plan ahead and prepare. Familiarize yourself with the trail and related info before your arrival. With major elevation change, comes major changes in temperature, often a difference of 20°F or more. Check the weather before your rides and pack accordingly. Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks, there is NO water along the trail. Be sure to have a repair kit including a spare tube, flats are common on this ride. Also, remember your helmet, shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen. We recommend noting the 4 exit points in case of unexpected situations. We’ve got lots of information for riding in Moab here. We do our best to keep our website and social media updated with the current drop off location.