The Paradox Trail links the Tabeguache Trail on the Uncompahgre Plateau with the Kokopelli Trail in the La Sal Mountains of Utah. The 100-mile trail traverses a wide variety of terrain, elevation, and eco-zones, following existing jeep and county roads for most of its length. It is accessible by mountain bike from the months of May through November, although many sections are accessible year-round.
Major portions of the trail are accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles. Check locally for road conditions. When wet, all unpaved roads and trail segments may be impassable to both mountain bikes and motorized vehicles.
Most of the trail is located on remote BLM and US Forest Service administered lands with unmarked hazards. Be prepared with plenty of food and water. Drinking water is not readily available along the trail. Water can be found in major drainages, but should be treated before drinking. Services are limited to the Nucla/Naturita area and the town of Bedrock.
The adventurous nature of the Paradox Trail requires users to be cautious, personally responsible, self-sufficient, and have a working knowledge of backcountry survival. The use of topographic maps and a compass is strongly recommended. Most of the trail is shown on the Nucla, La Sal, and Moab 1:100000-scale BLM maps.