South Elephant Ridge

Total Miles


1,946.15 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

South Elephant Ridge is a single track in the Flat Top - Peach Valley Recreation Area that follows a skinny ridge line on top of adobe clay hills. Like most of the trails in the area, the trail is made up of steep climbs and descents up and over lots of adobe clay hills. Starting from Elephant Skin Road, the beginning of the trail has some of the more gradual grades of the area and even a section of the ridge line that is more straight and flat, but you still have drops-offs on both sides of you. However, the grades get steeper after the trail passes the intersection with Ponds Ridge. The last section of the trail has some of the most narrow and steep climbs in the whole area. At the east end of the trail, it intersects with Teton Ridge Trail. This is a fun area where you can ride lots of short ridgeline trails that intersect all over the adobe badlands, and play around on the hill climbs. It is easy to make a day ride of any length, with varying difficulties.

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South Elephant Ridge
South Elephant Ridge
South Elephant Ridge


The difficulty comes from the steep adobe hill climbs and narrow trails on the ridge lines, but the trail itself is smooth with no rocks and no 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. This is a highly trafficked area, especially on weekends, and has lots of blind corners around the adobe hills. It's best to visit in spring and fall to avoid the summer heat and winter snow. There is several days worth of riding here, and it's easy to make a loop of your desired length since all the trails are relatively short and connect easily.

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