Bike to Needle Rock & Hike
For those who prefer a relaxed family biking & hiking experience, this activity is for you. At a pace the whole family can be comfortable with; you’ll start from the ranch and venture about 2.5 miles down our scenic dirt road where you reach the trailhead of Needle Rock Natural Area. Needle Rock is the remnant of a volcanic plug that pushed up through the crust, and due to the relative hardness of the basalt of which it is made, has eroded significantly slower than the surrounding mancos shale and sandstone that makes up many of the rocks in the area.At an elevation of 7,797 feet (2,377 m), the towering rock spire stands 800 feet (240 m) tall above the floor of the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River valley. Once at the trailhead, you’ll park your bikes and head up the Needle Rock Trail that is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail that offers scenic views of Crawford and the best viewpoint of the Grand Mesa (the largest flattop mountain in the WORLD). Your mountain bike guide will ensure that everyone in your group is properly equipped for your two-three hour long excursion (including plenty of our Natural Saddle Mountain Spring Water).