|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
From the trailhead parking area, turn right on Little Park Road and descend .2 mile to an unmarked trail entrance on the left. The first stretch of trail is highly technical for mountain bikers and slow-going for hikers as it swerves around exposed cliffs and down steep boulder drop-offs. At the bottom of this descent, the trail turns left to wander alongside (and through) a creek wash on its way to a slickrock climb through pinon and juniper trees. After a short hike-a-bike section, the trail dumps out onto The Ribbon, a 1.5-mile slickrock ascent that offers expansive views of the Grand Valley and the Book Cliffs for hikers, and (on the return trip) a once-in-a-lifetime bomber descent for mountain bikers.
Mapped by the Backpacker Map Team