Ponds Ridge

Total Miles


1,940.17 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

Ponds Ridge is an adobe ridge line trail similar to most of the ridge line trails in the Flat Top- Peach Valley Recreation Area. It's a narrow single-track trail made up of ascents and descents on the soft clay hills of the Peach Valley badlands, and rides along the ridge lines. Starting from Elephant Skin Road, it gradually climbs up to the top of the hills and parallels the South Elephant Ridge Trail. It continues along the spine with moderately difficult hill climbs and down hills, and you can look down on the Elephant Skin Road beneath you. Ponds Ridge has a steep incline at the end to meet up with South Elephant Ridge Trail, which is a very similar trail. From the end of the trail, you can continue to make a fun loop with Teton Ridge and Dump Ridge, among many other trails. The badlands are made up of lots of ridgeline trails and ditch trails and you can plan a fun day trip to ride many of these trails in a day. This is a popular riding area and the adobes have lots of blind corners, so be aware and watch out for other riders coming up the same hills as you. This riding area is best in spring and fall to avoid the summer heat and avoid the snow in winter.

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Ponds Ridge
Ponds Ridge
Ponds Ridge


Easy ridge line trail on adobe clay with easy hill climbs and descents on a smooth surface, with no significant obstacles.

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Access Description

The Flat Top Peach Valley Recreation Area is a 9,700 acre trail system made up of adobe hills and rocky desert mesas with almost 100 miles of trail, and a couple open riding areas. The main staging areas are Flat Top, Peach Valley, and Elephant Skin Road, but all trails can be accessed from all staging areas.

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