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Naturita Ridge Loop

Distance:  17 miles
Elevation gain:  2200’
Estimated ride time:  2-2.5 hours
Difficult

From Naturita travel north on Hwy 141 for 2 miles. Turn left on Hwy 90 which heads toward Paradox. After 2 more miles is the Coke Oven Ranch on the left. Turn left and go down the county road which crosses Dry Creek.  Follow that road for less than a mile and park at Rd HH26. This road will begin climbing soon as it switchbacks its way up to the top of the ridge. After almost 4 miles BLM Rd 4088 comes in from the left which pitches up to the top of the ridge a short distance later.  Commanding views of Dry Creek Basin and beyond can be seen to the south. The road starts a short descent for approx. 1 mile. Take the first left and traverse across a grassy open area. This road will eventually begin climbing back up to the ridge top at approx. 7.5 miles where a road comes in from the right. To access the Naturita Burn and spectacular views of the lower San Miguel Basin area, go straight (north) for a few hundred yards.  To continue the loop, go back to the ridge road, turn left (east) and follow this road as it slowly descends toward a major cross intersection at approx. 10 miles. Go left and begin a major descent down a rough and rocky road. At approx. 13 miles, go left at GG25 Rd. This road meanders through old pinon and juniper stands and crosses a variety of minor drainages. Eventually it will head north and meet up with a well graded county road. Go left (west) and follow until you come back to your starting point.