Welcome to Moab, Utah
Home of some of the greatest mountain biking found on this planet! Our little corner of southeast Utah offers miles and miles of fun and engaging mountain biking through endless, stunning desert and mountain scenery. Moab trail riding is sometimes smooth and mellow and often beyond knarly. Regardless of which trail you venture on, make sure you and your bike are prepared! Water, a repair kit, sunscreen, proper clothing, a good helmet and a map are essential to a positive trail experience – did we mention water? A proper mountain bike with good tires and powerful brakes is essential. If you don’t have a mountain bike, rent one from one of the many, fine bike shops in the area. Match your trail choice to your riding ability and don’t be deceived by mileage – most Moab trails are best measured in terms of time, not distance – do your research, ask your friends, and consult with locals to find the right trail(s) for you. Keep in mind that Moab is a multi-use playground. You will be sharing the trail with hikers, equestrians, jeepers, motorcyclist, OHV/ATVs, unicyclists and other fun loving folks. So… good luck, be nice and most of all have fun!
Slickrock Bike Trail: Arguably the most famous mountain bike trail in the world, this is the iconic trail that put Moab on the map. Located just east of town within the Sand Flats Recreational Area, the 10 mile Slickrock Trail offers one of the most unique mountain biking experiences in the world. The trail twists and turns primarily on Navajo sandstone and features incredibly steep climbs and descents. Amazing views abound on this very technically and anaerobically demanding trail. Make sure you check out the Slickrock Practice Loop for an evening “quickie”. Recommended for intermediate to advanced riders.
Porcupine Rim: This is the consummate classic Moab trail! It features amazing views of Castle Valley, the La Sal Mountains and the Colorado River. Technical features are ever present, including technical ledges both up and down, narrow roll-ins, pocky slickrock slabs, never ending rock gardens, fast and rocky double track, gripping singletrack, nail biting exposure, loose rock, and drops of all sizes. The trailhead for this classic is located east of town, 10 miles up Sand Flats Road. This classic can be ridden as a 14 mile point to point using a shuttle or as a burly 30 miles loop. Porcupine Rim is the last leg of The Whole Enchilada trail system and is recommended for advanced, technically oriented riders.
The White Rim Trail: This desert classic is a 103-mile loop on jeep road through Canyonlands National Park. Although it is technically easy, its length (and a few stiff climbs) will keep you honest. Most often done as a vehicle supported multiday cruise, it is becoming increasingly vogue to ride it in a single day unsupported. So whether you want to soak in the desert solitude and ride to camp every night or epic under the desert moonlight the White Rim is not to be missed. The views are breath taking! If you plan on a multiday extravaganza, plan well in advance and contact Canyonlands National Park for permitting.
Lockhart Basin: Sandwiched between Canyonlands National Park and the Canyon Rim National Recreational Area, Lockhart Basin the Ying to the White Rim’s Yang, as you shadow the White Rim on the opposing side of the Colorado River. Lockhart’s 55 miles is often done in single day, though the area does offer spectacular camping opportunities. If you plan to do it as a multiday trip with a support vehicle, make sure it is a desert capable 4wd rig. Much of Lockhart Basin is technically moderate and it can be ridden in either direction – to or from Hwy 211 near Indian Creek to Moab. Make sure you are well prepared for your adventure – this one goes deep into the desert backcountry.
Amasa Back Trail System: Another one of Moab’s most classic trails, Amasa Back been expanded and improved. With the addition of instant classics such as the Pothole Arch singletrack, Rock Stacker, the progressive Captain Ahab and the long standing Jackson’s Trail it is sure to thrill. Located just past the end of the pavement on Kane Creek Road, this trail system offers stellar views Behind the Rock and the Las Sal mountains. Technical features abound on every trail in the system – techy ledges up and down, burly roll-ins, slickrock domes, fast and flowy singletrack, nail biting exposure, loose rock, and drops of all sizes. The Amasa Back trail system is not for the faint of heart, but the experienced mountain bikers with solid technical skills will find fun around every turn!
Moab Rim: This Moab classic leaves Kane Creek Road and climbs straight up to the rim overlooking town. It is technical and abusively, physically demanding. This slickrock, double track climb offers excellent traction and beautiful views of the Colorado River. Many folks opt to follow the double track across the Moab Rim to the Hidden Valley singletrack. Following this route will set you down in Spanish Valley, just south of town. You can ride the road or hop on the Pipedream singletrack back to town. This is a very technically and physically demanding ride with some hike-a-bike involved. Fit intermediate to advanced riders only.
Flat Pass: A word of warning – there is nothing flat about Flat Pass! Another Moab classic, this technically demanding trail follows the Mill Creek drainage from the Ken’s Lake area, south of town, to the Moab golf course for approximately 10 miles. Rocks, ledges, stream crossings and technical moves abound on this mix surface trail of dirt, slickrock, sand and baby heads. Usually done from south to north from Ken’s Lake it can also be done as a loop by riding 7 or so miles up Spanish Valley Road. The scenery is spectacular and you can cool down in Mill Creek on those especially warm days! Intermediate to advanced skills advised!
Bartlett Wash: Slickrock surfing at it’s best! This Entrada slickrock zone offers fun for all levels of skill and daring. Located off of Mill Canyon Road north of Moab, the Bartlett area is a great place to warm up for the day’s adventure or to play until sunset. There isn’t a distinct trail, simply stay on the slickrock. Just remember to look before you leap and enjoy the wonderful desert scenery! If you’re up for more, check out the 3D trail across the access road from Bartlett.
Gemini Bridges Road: A fun family ride for the beginner or a morning cruise. This dirt road begins off of Hwy 313 and is most often done as a shuttled ride. It most notable feature is the natural twin bridges of Gemini Bridges, one of the area’s largest. Park you bike in the rack and take the short walk to the bridges. They offer impeccable views and are a great place for lunch! From there continue to Hwy 191 on the Gemini Bridges Road. Once at Hwy 191 follow the bike path down Moab Canyon back into town. Remember you will be sharing the trail with motorcyclists, jeeps, and OHV/ATV’s. Use caution and stay alert! Though technically easy, it can be a long ride for less experienced cyclists. Pack food, sun screen and plenty of water!
Hurrah Pass: An excellent ride for the casual cyclist that isn’t afraid to get a bit dirty. Riders can begin this moderate out and back ride from town or drive to the end of the pavement on Kane Creek Road to begin. Enjoy beautiful canyon scenery and you make your way to Hurrah Pass. Be mindful that you will be sharing the dirt with motos, ATV/OHVs and jeeps, so keep alert. Though this ride is technically mellow you do pile up the mileage quickly so pack accordingly – lots of water and some snacks.
Poison Spider Mesa: This Moab classic is often done as a loop with the infamous Portal Trail. This well-known double track starts near the famous climbing area known as Wall Street on Hwy 279. It winds its way up through cobbled rocks and slickrock slots filled with ledges and sand eventually finding its way to the top of the mesa for fantastic views. Follow the double track to the Portal Trail for a hair raising descent back down to the Colorado River. Use caution and common sense on the Portal. Walk were the signs advise – people have lost their life here. Intermediate riders will enjoy Poison Spider’s challenges. Advanced, technically oriented riders will love the Portal Trail.
Magnificent Seven Trail System: Located in Gemini Bridges Road area, Mag 7 (as locals refer to it) is a group of single tracks that offer fun and fast desert riding with just enough technical rock to keep you honest. Surrounded by the incredible vistas of Gold Bar Rim and the La Sal Mountains this system is comprised of Bull Run, Great Escape, Little Canyon singletrack, Gold Bar singletrack, Arth’s Corner, Get Away and Seven Up. It can be ridden as a shuttled ride that exits on Gemini Bridges road to Hwy 191 or explore it as a loop (or two). Remember to stop at Gemini Bridges for lunch and photos! The Mag 7 trail system is perfect for aspiring beginning intermediate riders looking to expand their singletrack skills. There a handful of adventurous souls that cruise the Mag 7 to access Gold Bar Rim and onto the Portal Trail or Poison Spider for a truly epic adventure! This option is recommended for only advanced, technically oriented riders with a keen sense of direction.
Gold Bar Rim: This infamous trail is for advanced riders only that are not only technically proficient but also have good route finding experience. Gnarly, gnarly, gnarly is the best way to describe Gold Bar Rim. Technical ups, technical downs, grunts and groans. Your efforts will be rewarded by some of the best views available in the Moab area – this is post card riding at its best. You can access this beast from Gemini Bridges Road or if you truly want to epic, ride the Magnificent 7 trails system and tie it into Gold Bar Rim. Exit the Portal Trail or Poison Spider. No matter how you set it up, it going to be a very long day. Experts only and lots of food and water…and don’t forget the camera, in so many ways this ride is unforgettable!
Pipedream: An in town classic! This beautifully sculpted trail located under the Moab Rim and features fun and challenging singletrack for intermediate to advanced riders. It’s a great trail for enthusiastic folks looking for their second ride of the day or an evening spin. It’s narrow and offers plenty of exposure – so stay alert and watch for other trail users. Accessible from many points in town, it is most often run from south to north from the Hidden Valley trailhead off of Angel Rock Road.
Moab Brand Trails: Situated just north of town, the Brand Trails are quickly becoming one of Moab’s most popular trailheads. This great area features double track, single track and slickrock loops that are tailored for the beginner and intermediate mountain biker. It’s also popular with locals for sunset cruise after work! Take your newbie rider around the Bar M trail and from here all the other trails can be reached. Lazy-EZ and Rusty Spur are super for first time singletrack riders. More experienced riders will have a hoot on the North 40, Maverick, and Sidewinder. If they want to kick things up a notch check out Bar B, Deadman’s, Deadman’s Ridge, Longbranch, and the new Killer B descent that exits onto the Moab Canyon bike path. For beginning slickrock adventures make your way out to the Circle O and Rockin’ A trails. There is fun for all at the Brands Trails!
Klonzo Trail System: A fun stacked loop zone for fledgling mountain bikers to expand their single track experience. The trailheads (east and west) for the Klonzo Trails are located on Willow Springs Road, a mile or so east the Sovereign Trail System. This new trail system currently has seven trails – Borderline, Wahoo, Cross Canyon, Secret Passage, Dune Stone, Snippet and Boondocks. These rolling, playful trails are mostly focused around the beginning to intermediate skill level. Connect the loops for a fun afternoon adventure. Look for future expansion in this area!
Sovereign Trail System: A great techy, intermediate riding area located between the Moab Brand Trails and Klondike Bluffs. The most popular trailhead is located on Willow Springs giving the rider access to the stacked loops of Sovereign Trail and Salt Wash. This area features rolling terrain on dirt and slickrock singletrack with plenty of technical opportunities. For the more adventurous rider, check out the Garden Mesa/Cedar Mountain loop north of the Dalton Wells road. This area is more technical than its southern cousin, rockier and loose surfaces. Amazing views of the whole area as you ride along the southern rim of Cedar Mountain. Connect the southern loops to the northern loops and have yourself a fun, mini epic! This is a multi-user trail. Expect to see Motorcyclists on the singletrack – and thank them for it because they built it.
Klondike Bluffs Trail System: A Moab classic turned on its head! One of the most expanded trail systems in the area features the timeless Klondike Bluffs trail and a new 30+ mile single track extension of stacked loops that include Baby Steps, UFO, EKG, Little Salty, Mega Steps, Alaska, Nome, Homer, Agate, Jasper, Dino Flow, Inside Passage and Jurrasic. The classic Klondike Bluffs trail is a technically moderate jeep trail up to the border of Arches National Park. Keep an eye out for Dinosaur tracks on the way up the giant slickrock ramps. Once you reach the border of Arches, leave your bike in the rack and take a short hike to outstanding views of the Klondike Bluffs geological formation and beyond! The new singletracks north of the tradition Klondike Bluffs stretch across a sprawling Entrada sandstone uplift feature great beginning and intermediate level riding that is fun and engaging. There are fun, flowy, beginning single tracks that run north and south in the Little Valley and more technical adventures as you climb up the Entrada uplift. Combine the singletracks with the existing double tracks for a full day of great riding.
Intrepid Trail System: Located at Dead Horse State park, the Intrepid system features fast and fun moderate singletrack trail riding with breathtaking views of Canyonlands, the Colorado River, Behind the Rocks, and the La Sal mountains. Featuring no major climbs and easy, rolling terrain the Intrepid, Great Pyramid and the Big Chief loops are good, clean fun. This is a great trail system for families and beginners! Look for some serious trail expansion in spring of 2014. It’s a bit of a drive to Dead Horse (30 miles), so bring lunch or dinner and a tasty beverage to enjoy après ride festivities with a view. Hint…sunsets up at Dead Horse are stunning!
Fisher Mesa Singletrack: This beautiful and remote single track located east of Castle Valley and is accessible from the Castleton/Gateway road. Offering great views of the Fisher Valley, this tight, techy singletrack can be done as and out and back or as a loop when combined with the Fisher Mesa jeep trail. But be warned, this is a credit card ride – you begin with a long descent and have a climb back to your car – so save some energy! Suited for immediate to advanced riders.
The Whole Enchilada Trail System: This is it…arguably one of the greatest trails in the world. This one has it all! But let’s get one thing clear…this ride is hard. Even the most experienced mountain bikers will feel challenged be its length (33 miles to town), it’s elevation gain (2500ft) and it’s elevation loss (8000ft). If that wasn’t enough, it’s technical. And just when you think you’ve made it through the worst, it gets harder. The Whole Enchilada is Moab’s gift that keeps on giving. Once you depart your shuttle on Geyser Pass and make your way up into the alpine to Burro Pass, peaking out at 11,200ft. On a clear day, the San Juan Mountains in Colorado are visible from the pass! From the roof of the La Sal Mountains, you begin the exhilarating and frighteningly steep, rocky descent through the deep alpine forests towards the Warner Lake Campground and the Hazard County trail. Once on top of Hazard, you have commanding panoramas of the surround Moab desert and Castle Valley. Hazard County is fast and fun. It flows down through the aspens to end at the beginning of the high speed Kokopelli trail. It’s tempting to let it all go on the Koko, but use extra caution here – water bars, deep ruts and tight corners can come up very fast here! Next are the UPS and LPS single tracks. These tight and technical trails wind through the junipers and pinyons over rocks and down ledges. The views are spectacular along the Porcupine Rim giving you spectacular views of Castle Valley, Castleton and the Las Sal mountains. Use extreme caution when attempting the Snotch or Notch of the LPS trail – Search and Rescue are far, far away from here. Following the fun and swoopy singletrack, you will eventually find yourself on the infamous and notorious Porcupine Rim trail. Ledges, rock gardens and spectacular views abound through this classic of classic Moab trails. Remember to save some energy for the final descent to the Colorado River. Those last four miles of the Porcupine Rim singletrack will test your technical skills to the maximum as well as your mental stamina. This is a true adventure and you should be prepared for it. You will be riding through many ecological zones and micro-climates. Pay attention to the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Bring plenty of food and water – more than you thing you’ll need. Your bike should be in top condition and you need to be prepared for mechanical mayhem – this trail doesn’t discriminate and loves to eat bikes! Let someone know where you are riding, bring a map and know your exits in case things don’t go as planned. Remember your camera to properly document your adventure! But most of all, have fun and enjoy this truly wonderful ride!
Moab’s trail system is expanding at an outstanding rate. It is quickly becoming one of the most comprehensive trail systems in the West. Keep an eye out here for trail creations and updates. We can promise you one thing – there is more to come!