||McCoy Flat Trails
mountain biking trail
system is located 10 miles west of Vernal Utah. Around 40 miles of
interconnecting loops originate from a trailhead on the McCoy Flats road.
(The road is paved although narrow.) There's a very nice fenced parking
area, bathroom, and excellent trail signage. The terrain is desolate
"badland" of various types. BLM regulations specify that you
ride only on signed trails.
See the map at the
bottom of this page for the trail layout.
Fire Sale is a 2.5-mile section of
technical trail that lies west of the McCoy Flat road within the loop of Retail
Sale, forking off on the northern end where Retail Sale and Milk
and Cookies are combined. It's advanced technical and fairly strenuous
although short. It's reached via Retail Sale. The absolute altitude change
is only 200 vertical feet, but you'll do multiple up-and-down trips,
making the total climbing around 800.
[ Fire Sale trail page ]
High Rollas is a lariat loop off the southwest corner of the Milk
and Cookies loop. It circles the top of a mesa contained within Milk
and Cookies. It's advanced technical due to a couple of rock tech spots
and a rough trail surface. The lariat is 5.4 miles with total climbing around
600 vertical feet.
[ High Rollas trail page ]
Jackalope is a 6.9 mile trail that loops off Milk
and Cookies from the main trailhead of McCoy Flats. It climbs from McCoy
Flats to a ridge overlooking the city. The clockwise loop including a
piece of Milk and Cookies is 8 miles, with
an altitude change of 1000 vertical feet, finishing at 6300.
[ Jackalope trail page ]
Milk and Cookies Loop
Got Milk? And Cookies
The easiest ride in the area is this 5.8-mile loop from the main trailhead of McCoy Flats, consisting of
western Got Milk? and the eastern And Cookies trails. The southern side of
the loop shares a common trail with the Retail
Sale loop. Modest climbing, easier technical and easy aerobic.
[ Got Milk? and Cookies
trail page ]
Combined with Jackalope for the uphill, Serpendipity creates an 8.3
mile mountain biking loop ride. The trail climbs 650
feet from the Flat via the Jackalope Trail. From the slopes of Asphalt Ridge,
Serpendipity descends in a fun ribbon of singletrack dirt. The last two miles of the loop are
undulating singletrack on the Retail Sale trail.
[ Serpendipity trail page
Slippery when Wet
This is a 5.5 mile lariat ride on the west side of the McCoy Flats
road, crossing over Retail Sale. The trail is advanced technical with
[ Slippery when Wet trail page
While driving toward Vernal on US-40, pass mile marker 138, then turn
right on the narrow paved McCoy Flats road ( N40 23.427 W109 35.752). If
you miss McCoy Flats road, go to the viewpoint overlooking Vernal and
backtrack exactly 2 miles, then turn left into the road. Drive 3 miles.
Immediately after passing a corral on your left, turn into the large
fenced BLM trailhead parking lot.
Camping: BLM land, primitive camping in designated areas. No developed
Bathroom: At trailhead.
Water: Bring your own.
Bike services, maps, trail conditions:
Altitude Cycle, 580 East Main, Vernal. 435-781-2595
Links to Vernal area resources