Mountain Biking in Moab
Check Out The Unbelievable Mountain Biking In Moab
Moab sports some of the most spectacular and challenging mountain biking anywhere. Porcupine Rim and Slickrock are on the top of the list of rides that made Moab famous. But don’t forget some of the great rides that are off the beaten path like the inspiring slickrock riding out at Bartlett Wash. New mountain bike trails are being developed… ask us about the new Intrepid Trail at Dead Horse Point S.P., the Navajo Rocks Singletrack and the M.O.A.B. Brands Trails!
Never Tried Mountain Biking Before or New to Moab?
Klondike Bluffs and the Moab Brand Trails (Bar-M) are two great locations to get an introduction to Moab mountain biking. Both locations have great riding for all skill levels and spectacular views. New trails are built every year, many at the beginner and intermediate levels.
There is Something for Everybody!
Here’s a list of some of our favorites…
Moab Brand Trails (Bar M):
Length: Varies depending on loops ridden
Relatively close to town and Arches NP this trail system has both double and single track options. The Bar M Loop is an 8 mile trail on easy double track. If you’re looking for some beginner single-track riding keep an eye out for the North 40, Lazy EZ and Rusty Spur
Dead Horse State Park Trails:
Intrepid Trail – Length: 1.1 miles
Located at Dead Horse Point State Park this trail has varied terrain with little elevation change, and incredible viewpoints! The Big Chief Loop is 9 miles with shorter cut-off options. This is a perfect ride for the whole family. Don’t forget your camera! See the other trails for this area below.
Prickly Pair – Length: 2.5 miles
The terrain at Deadhorse State Park allows for fast single track and gentle climbing sections. Located across the road from the original Big Chief and Great Pyramid loops this trail links up with several trails newly developed in the park.
Twisted Tree – Length: 1.9 miles
Scenic, twistee and turnie this trail passes beautiful vistas far out in the park.
Crossroads and Whiptail – Length: 4.5 miles
The farthest reaching trail in the system, riders may link these trails with Prickly Pair for approximately 8 miles of new singletrack riding in the high desert.
Klondike Bluffs Trails:
Klondike Main Trail – Length: 8 miles out & back from South Klondike trailhead (14 miles out & back from highway)
Jurassic – Length 1.4 Miles
Rolling singletrack alternative to warm up your legs for more physical riding challenges in the Klondike network. Perhaps on the cusp of Novice and Intermediate in difficulty.
Klondike Bluffs Trails:
Nome & Alaska – Length: 1.8 miles & 3.7 miles
This athletic trail has solid climbing challenges and fast descending. Link Nome up with Alaska for a strong workout and smooth single track. Away from the more popular southern sections, Alaska traverses a beautiful canyon and returns you to the main trail network on fast buffed out singletrack.
Dino-Flow – Length: 5.6 Miles
This singletrack rails along the flats below this huge land mass. Ups and downs, dips and turns provide riders with a warmup run on rock and soil before tackling any of the climbs which deposit you on the top trail overlooking Salt Valley and out to the Book Cliffs. Enjoy riding Dino-Flow to the Klondike Bluff 4×4 trail, turn North and climb up and over to Mega Steps and down for a long loop.
A fun system of interlinked trails with intervals of climbing to keep your heart rate and fun factor up.
Borderline Trail – Length: 1.7 miles
Primarily smooth red dirt single track for ~1.3 mi, then mildly technical, broken slickrock to the junction with Wahoo trail.
Wahoo Trail – Length: 1.6 miles
Trail follows the contact between sandstone and red siltstone as it climbs to the highest point in the Klonzo trail system. The descent into a valley between two buttes is fast and requires technical maneuvering between large boulders that have rolled into the gulch from the highest butte. The loop is connected after crossing a low red ridge and descending to the junction with Cross Canyon.
Cross Canyon Trail – Length: 1.3 miles
Primarily smooth rolling red dirt single track. The trail serves as a connection between Wahoo, Borderline, Secret Passage, and Dunestone trails.
Secret Passage Trail – Length: 0.7 miles
Primarily smooth, rolling red dirt single track connected to Cross Canyon trail, that takes you down into a hidden valley then back out through a narrow tributary drainage.
Snippet Trail – Length: 0.2 miles
Connects Cross Canyon to Borderline via a faint abandoned roadway. Some red dirt and some rocky outcrops.
Dunestone Trail – Length: 1.6 miles
Primarily bumpy and technical slickrock single track on a mesa top, formed by the Salt Wash Member of the Morrison Formation. Great views along the trail when near the mesa edge. Direct access from Parking Area A, or from Parking Area B via the Cross Canyon trail.
Boondocks Trail – Length: 1.2 miles
Mostly smooth red dirt single track in a low rolling hill area below the Dunestone trail. Boondocks can only be accessed from Dunestone at each end.
Moab Brand Trails:
North 40, Circle O and Rockin’ A – Length: 8 miles for all trails
For a full day of riding or a quick session of riding off road the trails in this network will entertain riders of all levels. North 40 has soil, rock, and little climbing up and around huge boulders. The committing Circle O has challenging slickrock riding over petrified sand dunes. Try Rockin’ A for a similar yet shorter slickrock dose.
Magnificent 7 Trails:
Bull Run, Arth’s Corner, Little Canyon – Length: 7.5 miles
Bull Run is a mix of singletrack, double track, slickrock and soil that descends parallel to the Gemini Bridges road. Scenic and swooping off road riding await the endurance rider as you work your way along linking Bull Run with more trails in the network. Arth’s Corner, at speed, is fast and techie descending with sharp cornering and a couple of arm slicing branches if you go off line. Use the road to climb back up and get a ride on Little Canyon near the bottom of this riding area.
Getaway and Great Escape – Length: 7.6 Miles
Up or down these two trails ride very well. Slickrock, singletrack, fields of cactus to test your steering precision and gorgeous views of Arches National Park await the long distance rider here, along the Gemini Bridges road. Have lunch by Gemini Bridges overlook and contemplate the great La Sal mountains. Of the two, Great Escape requires more skill however riders will find both trails exciting and attention grabbing fun.
Length: 16 Miles (Several out & back loop options to go shorter or longer)
Super fun desert singletrack. We love this ride! Rocks, ledges, sand. Moderately technical and totally fun. Winding, fast singletrack spiced with some climbs and some slickrock riding. Killer Views of the La Sals. Be sure to stay on the trail… this ride has lots of healthy crypto-biotic soil- fragile desert top soil that looks a whole lot better with no tire tracks through it!
Amasa Back Trails:
Captain Ahab – Length: 4.3 miles (directional)
The brain child of our own on staff mechanic, Ahab features skilled trail building and rock work creating flowing single track riding for skilled riders seeking air and fast turns. While you can “roll out” all the sections of this trail, once a rider has recorded certain features, Ahab changes it’s personality to match each riders mood. Please respect the “one way” directional nature of this singletrack for all riders’ safety.
Hymasa Trail – Length: 3.2 mile (great uphill to link to Captain Ahab)
Super fun two-way singletrack trail that parallels Amasa Back. It is a great option for climbing or descending instead of riding on the Amasa Back Jeep trail. It is a fun technical ride ride.
Rockstacker and Jackson – Length: 4 miles
Bring your body armor for these trails. Strong climbing and solid biking skills are mandatory. These exciting runs have drops and challenging obstacles to surmount. Few spots on these trails are no fall zones. Jackson’s has lines near the cliff’s lip and if you flip you’ll fly off and down to the river’s bank.
Pothole Arch – Length: 1.9 miles
Beautiful views and fields of slickrock connected with ribbons of single track await the rider who rides to the arch for a full day of adventure bicycling.
Moab Brand Trails
Deadman’s Ridge – Length: 3.2 miles
Long Branch (1 mile) and Bar B Loop (2.5 miles) single track are loops which will test your technical bike handling skills. The terrain winds through trees and boulders as you climb around on the different ridges. Keep a keen eye for petrified pieces of logs and branches along the sides of the trail here,
Sidewinder provides a speedy off road descent along the paved bike path at the Southern end of the Brand Trails for your last little bit of dirt riding as you return to town.
Pipe Dream Trail
Length: 5 miles one direction- will be longer as an out back.
New singletrack right in town! This ride is loaded with technical switchbacks, tight turns, rock ramps, and moderate exposure. Do as an out and back or loop it on the road, 7-10 miles depending on route options.
Length: 12 mile loop
People come from all over to try the world famous Slickrock Trail. It’s smooth and steep with natural bowls. Grippy sandstone allows you to try really steep moves. Freeriders love the natural half pipes and drop-ins. This unique ride put Moab at the forefront of the mountain biking scene.
Length: 32 miles from Burro Pass
This ride will push you to your limit but with a smile the whole way. Reserve a shuttle to take you up to the La Sal Mountains where you’ll start pedaling and top out at 11,000′. Then the descent starts and does not end until you hit the River Road at 4,000′. Along the way don’t miss the turns for Burro Pass, Hazzard Trail, Kokopelli Trail, UPS, LPS and Porcupine Rim. Definitely want to gear up and fuel up for this one.