Trail Name: North Bench Trail
Best Use: Hiking, Biking
Best Time for Use: Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty: Beginner to Expert icon-beginnericon-expert
Length: 15.5 miles as an Out n’ Back if ridden to end of Public Land.
Start Elevation: 5,532 ft Accumalative Gain: 1,555 ft
Trail Surface and Use: Seldom used natural surface two track
Trail Head Access: Suitable for 2WD high clearances vehicles. CR V19 meets Hwy 141 at the north side of the bridge near Uravan crossing the San Miguel River. Follow V19 up the Tabeguache Creek for .75 mile and then go up to the right for another mile until you come to the unmarked two tracktrail coming in from the right. If you make it to the mesa top you have missed the trail.
Trail Head Coordinates: 38 degrees 18’49.95”N 108 degrees 40’ 17.33” W
Best Feature: The North Bench Trail follows a high natural bench paralleling the north side of the San Miguel River upstream from the Tabeguache Creek confluence. Large boulders, great views and a broad cliff band above the bench makes this an interesting and fun ride. Trail Description: This old ranch access trail was put in to service grazing areas on BLM.
Cautions: No potable water is found on this ride.

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Description: This old ranch access trail was put in to service grazing areas on BLM lands along the San Miguel River between Tabeguache and Coal Canyon Creeks. The trail climbs and drops many times as it meanders along the bench eventually coming to it’s low point at Coal Canyon Creek after 5 miles. The trail continues on the bench for another 2.75 miles until entering private lands making this ride an Out N’ Back to avoid a trespass. The trail dries out quickly due to its southern exposure so there may be times even during winter months that the trail is rideable.

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