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Local Admin: Michael Ahnemann

Overview


Moab has several attributes that make it an incredibly popular mountain biking destination. First, the climate in Moab complements that of Salt Lake City, the Utah mountains, and Colorado front range and mountainous riding areas in that it's generally dry with mild temperatures when Utah and Colorado locations are too cold, muddy, or snowy for riding.

In addition, Moab has some of the most interesting and unique terrain of any mountain biking destination. The riding here tends to lean towards challenging to extremely challenging with big descents, rocky trails with big technical moves, and many long epic rides to choose from.

Moab has focused a ton of effort and resources over the past several years into creating more trails and making the area more friendly for a range of mountain bikers. There are now more beginner-friendly trails than ever, and plenty of rides to keep just about any style of rider entertained for a long weekend or more.

For those reasons, riders come from all over Utah and from Colorado's front range, and many other places, driving 5 or more hours to take advantage of the great MTB scene. It's worth a trip to experience riding like you've never seen before. A classic example is the famous Slickrock trail is a multiple hour mountain bike ride ENTIRELY on smooth rock that makes you feel as if you're riding on the moon!

Other user groups frequent Moab as well - notably offroad Jeep and motorcycle enthusiasts. It's definitely a motorhead town - the wide open landscape and lax restrictions on land use make it a mecca for all types of offroad vehicles. The different user groups seem to play fairly well together though - it's rare to be annoyed when you're out on the bike, and it can be nice to have company in the raw desert conditions that define Moab.

The town itself is not flashy. It started out as a uranium mining town, and has stayed very close to its working class mining roots over time. There are plenty of great bike shops, and all the necessities, including several good, but not great options for places to eat.

http://www.discovermoab.com seems to have good information about the area.

Food & Libations


Don't go expecting a culinary experience - expect pubs and pizza places you can wear your camping clothes to. There's a central main street that is packed every evening, and you can simply drive up and down until you find a place you want to stop.

Places like Eddie McStiff's, the Moab Brewery and the Moab Diner are popular. Pasta Jay's offers a basic Italian dinner with huge portions if that's what you're in the mood for.

Camping & Places to Stay


There's plenty of camping, and it's probably the most common sleeping arrangement for many riders who visit the area. The largest and most common place to camp is up at Sand Flats, a 10 minute drive up above town. Sand Flats road is the home of the Slickrock trail, and Porcupine Rim, two of the most popular trails in Moab. Sand Flats has over 120 campsites up and down the dirt road that runs through the recreation area. Campsites have pit toilets but no water. There's a fee to use the recreation area, and you pay at an entrance gate as you drive into the area.

The town of Moab is camper-friendly, with all the supplies you'd need, including a pharmacy and full grocery store. There are also several places to take showers, including some of the local bike shops.

There are also a number of commercial campgrounds in the area, and RV areas with full facilities. Some are right in the middle of town, making it convenient for families.

There are hotels and motels as well, and many condos available for rent through VRBO or other sources. Nothing is particularly fancy here, so don't come expecting the Four Seasons! That said, it can be a family-friendly town, and there are plenty of nice spots you can find for a weekend that's a bit more civilized than a typical guys' weekend.

Seasons


The sweet spots for Moab are spring and fall, when the temperatures are cooler, and other riding destinations within driving distance are unrideable due to mud or snow. Because it's the desert, early spring is very doable here - it's quite cold at night (often below freezing) but easily rises to mid-60's during the day.

The most crowded season seems to be early spring through mid-April. These are times when the mountains of Colorado are no longer skiable, and not yet rideable. It's also when the offroad crowd emerges from their garages after a winter of tinkering with their machines. It's a great time to come, but can be difficult to find camping on the weekends, unless you can take Friday off and arrive Thursday evening.

Generally avoid mid-summer unless you're very experienced, or willing to ride in the early mornings or late evenings. It's simply too hot in the summer for safe riding in the middle of the day.

Local Shops, Guides, & Shuttles


To book a guided mountain bike tour, check out: Western Spirit Cycling Adventures.

There are several good options for bike shops in town. A few that seem to be popular are:
Poison Spider (http://www.poisonspiderbicycles.com)
Chile Pepper Bike Shop (http://www.chilebikes.com)
Rim Cyclery (http://www.rimcyclery.com
Moab Cyclery (http://www.moabcyclery.com).

Other Activities


Moab is nearby to some incredible attractions that can be great diversions from biking. Definitely check out Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park on your rest days.

There are also a couple of wineries, museums, climbing destinations, and tons of great hikes in the area.

Local Clubs


Moab Mountain Bike Association
Moab Trails Alliance
Apr 13 Thanks!

Climate


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TOP FEATURED RIDES
22 Mountain Bike Rides in Moab, Utah
#1 Whole Enchilada Loop 61.4 Miles Moab, UT One of the world's great rides, with 7000 ...
#2 Porcupine Rim 13.9 Miles Moab, UT The world famous Porcupine Rim ride; a bone jar...
#3 Mag 7 14.3 Miles Moab, UT Long distance, ledgy, fast and fun; a premiere ...
#4 Slickrock 10.7 Miles Moab, UT A totally unique experience on the world's...
#5 Dead Horse Point Tour 14.0 Miles Moab, UT Stunning scenery and great singletrack. One of...
#6 Amasa Back / Cliffhanger 9.1 Miles Moab, UT One of Moab's classic rides, featuring ste...
#7 Jug Handle Loop 36.5 Miles Moab, UT A huge, gorgeous desert expedition that is a go...
#8 Kokopelli Trail 139.3 Miles Fruita, CO A spectacular off-road journey from Fruita to M...
#9 HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest 9.4 Miles Moab, UT Visually stunning, technically thrilling, a tru...
#10 White Rim Trail 97.8 Miles Moab, UT An amazing adventure in Canyonlands high on a p...
#11 Lockhart Basin 44.3 Miles Moab, UT The same beautiful scenery as the White Rim Tra...
#12 Monitor Merrimac 5.5 Miles Moab, UT A great beginner/intermediate introduction to M...
#13 Lazy/EZ Loop 3.6 Miles Moab, UT This short loop makes a good introduction to si...
#14 Bar M Loops 11.1 Miles Moab, UT A great mix of singletrack and that famous Moab...
#15 Sovereign - Salt Wash Combo 10.6 Miles Moab, UT A challenging introduction to the slickrock and...
#16 Klonzo - Upper Loop 4.7 Miles Moab, UT A fast and fun five miles.
#17 Hey Joe - Spring Canyon Loop 37.6 Miles Moab, UT A big, unlikely desert adventure to an abandone...
#18 Klonzo - Lower Loop 3.3 Miles Moab, UT Mellow grades and killer views on tight, twisty...
#19 Bar-M Loop 7.9 Miles Moab, UT A mellow, family-friendly ride with classic Moa...
#20 Flat Pass 18.2 Miles Moab, UT A neglected classic, running through spectacula...
#21 Sovereign - Cedar Mountain ... 8.3 Miles Moab, UT Steep climbs, steep descents and some spectacul...
#22 Poison Spider 15.8 Miles Moab, UT A Moab classic with slickrock, sand, Jeeps, and...
TOP TRAILS
99 Mountain Bike Trails in Moab, Utah
#1 Captain Ahab 4.2 Miles Moab, UT An excellent trail built specifically for mount...
#2 UPS 2.2 Miles Castle Valley, UT Singletrack on the edge of Porcupine Rim with e...
#3 Big Chief 3.7 Miles Moab, UT On a 5-star scale, this one is a 6!
#4 Deadman's Ridge 3.4 Miles Moab, UT A relentless challenging route; a tech riding d...
#5 HyMasa Trail 3.1 Miles Moab, UT THE way up to start Captain Ahab or an excellen...
#6 Pritchett Canyon 5.8 Miles Moab, UT A jeeper's test-piece that's also a b...
#7 Jacob's (Jackson'... 0.4 Miles Moab, UT A wild hike-a-bike that enables a wildly improb...
#8 Salt Wash 4.5 Miles Moab, UT An ever changing experience of slickrock and si...
#9 Secret Passage 0.6 Miles Moab, UT Fast singletrack connecting to a hidden valley.
#10 Hidden Valley 4.5 Miles Moab, UT Moab's mellowest one-track; hidden in a se...
#11 Killer Bee 0.7 Miles Moab, UT A spicy, hair-raising descent!
#12 Long Branch 1.0 Miles Moab, UT A fun technical option in the Bar M system.
#13 LPS 2.2 Miles Castle Valley, UT Ledgy sandstone punctuated by flowy trail.
#14 Bull Run 5.2 Miles Moab, UT An excellent singletrack and slickrock start to...
#15 Great Escape 3.3 Miles Moab, UT You'll feel like you're on a remote b...
#16 Sovereign 9.9 Miles Moab, UT Slickrock and singletrack fun connecting Willow...
#17 Rockstacker 1.6 Miles Moab, UT The perfect blend of Mother Nature and restrain...
#18 Pothole Arch 1.9 Miles Moab, UT Fun, engaging singletrack leads to slickrock do...
#19 Raven Roll 1.7 Miles Moab, UT Easy connection to make short loops in Dead Horse
#20 Bartlett Wash Slickrock 2.8 Miles Moab, UT A vast, freeform slickrock playground full of d...
#21 Getaway 4.6 Miles Moab, UT A good option for Mag 7 on the north side of Ge...
#22 Prickly 2.2 Miles Moab, UT Short ups and downs on good quality trail.
#23 Twisted Tree 1.5 Miles Moab, UT Twisty! A slightly technical trail with outsta...
#24 Whiptail 2.8 Miles Moab, UT An outstanding section of the Dead Horse Point ...
#25 Pipe Dream 5.0 Miles Moab, UT An ideal summer trail that traverses the base o...
#26 Moab Canyon Paved Path 9.0 Miles Moab, UT A scenic paved bikeway connecting several trail...
#27 Slickrock Practice Loop 1.6 Miles Moab, UT This short loop lets you test your skills befor...
#28 North 40 4.2 Miles Moab, UT Intermediate loop and a great introduction to t...
#29 Little Canyon 2.2 Miles Moab, UT Panaoramic views of the La Sals - another highl...
#30 Pipe Dream Connector 0.3 Miles Moab, UT
#31 EZ 1.5 Miles Moab, UT A short, beginner singletrack that stays true t...
#32 Great Pyramid 2.2 Miles Moab, UT Another great trail with a small step up in dif...
#33 Mill Creek Parkway 2.8 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#34 Arth's Corner 1.5 Miles Moab, UT Red sandstone slickrock and singletrack connect...
#35 Wahoo 1.6 Miles Moab, UT Ride this trail counterclockwise to get the mos...
#36 Portal 2.5 Miles Moab, UT A dangerous challenge for true experts. A scen...
#37 Lathrop Canyon 4.0 Miles Moab, UT A passageway between the divergent White Rim an...
#38 Jackson Hole 8.2 Miles Moab, UT A beautiful and remote ride around a unique geo...
#39 Hurrah Pass 9.7 Miles Moab, UT A mellow pedal through spectacular terrain to a...
#40 Brushy Basin 0.4 Miles Moab, UT Singletrack connecting the west end of Cedar Mo...
#41 Cedar Mountain (Sovereign U... 3.7 Miles Moab, UT Challenging singletrack through a cratered moon...
#42 Hunter Canyon Rim 3.9 Miles Moab, UT One of the last "Old-School" Moab rid...
#43 Boondocks 1.1 Miles Moab, UT The western most loop in the Klonzo trails; you...
#44 Jackson's 2.3 Miles Moab, UT A great technical and exposed descent.
#45 Circle-O 2.9 Miles Moab, UT An excellent moderate loop on slickrock with sw...
#46 Crossroads 1.6 Miles Moab, UT A flat, easy, and moderately interesting connec...
#47 Dunestone 1.6 Miles Moab, UT Ride over waves of petrified sand dunes.
#48 Lazy 1.6 Miles Moab, UT Tight turns and wide views with a smooth & ...
#49 Borderline 1.7 Miles Moab, UT Rolling, smooth singletrack that borders the so...
#50 Rusty Spur 1.6 Miles Moab, UT A short, smooth ride for beginners and families.
#51 Maverick 0.3 Miles Moab, UT A fast, flowy dirt-track that makes a nice alte...
#52 Dave's Trail 1.2 Miles Moab, UT The quick and hard way back to town from the Sl...
#53 7-Up 9.8 Miles Moab, UT A worthy, but not exceptional trail with great ...
#54 Intrepid 0.7 Miles Moab, UT A good beginner trail to an amazing overlook.
#55 Pair 0.8 Miles Moab, UT A shorter, less scenic option to Prickly.
#56 Chicken Corners 4.6 Miles Moab, UT Some of the most amazing scenery anywhere, lead...
#57 Barney Rubble 0.8 Miles Moab, UT A true test-piece for the highly skilled rider.
#58 Moab Rim Trail 1.3 Miles Moab, UT One of Moab's premier downhills. But with ...
#59 Sovereign ATV Loop 3.7 Miles Moab, UT An easier option for the Sovereign area, crossi...
#60 Dalton Well (Bushy Basin) C... 0.7 Miles Moab, UT An easy, flat connection from Brushy Basin to D...
#61 Dalton Wells Road 1.9 Miles Moab, UT Main artery connecting to Sovereign and Cedar M...
#62 Cross Canyon 1.3 Miles Moab, UT A great 'up' trail to connect differe...
#63 Pipe Dream SITLA 2.2 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#64 Bar-B Loop 2.3 Miles Moab, UT Short chunky trail downhill and an easy loop back.
#65 Golden Spike 6.8 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#66 Rockin' A 1.6 Miles Moab, UT A nice little introduction to Moab Slickrock.
#67 Klondike Bluff 4x4 7.1 Miles Moab, UT A classic beginner ride with slickrock and view...
#68 O to 40 Linkup 0.1 Miles Moab, UT
#69 Notch 0.5 Miles Moab, UT An alternative, much harder section around the ...
#70 Behind the Rocks Road 5.0 Miles Moab, UT A sometimes sandy ride across open desert past ...
#71 Behind The Rocks - Hwy 191 ... 1.6 Miles Moab, UT A way to cut off some highway riding on the way...
#72 Terry's Tunnel 0.9 Miles Moab, UT A short, challenging loop adding extra spice to...
#73 Long Valley 1.3 Miles Moab, UT An easy connection between many trails in the S...
#74 Willow Springs (Arches Loop) 1.7 Miles Moab, UT A dirt road connecting Klonzo trails with the S...
#75 24-Hours of Moab 10.5 Miles Moab, UT The route of a classic, but punishing endurance...
#76 Gold Bar Rim 4x4 2.1 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#77 Gold Bar 2.2 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#78 Copper Ridge Jeep Road 3.4 Miles Moab, UT Sandy jeep road with a few sections of slickroc...
#79 L5 Sovereign Connect 0.2 Miles Moab, UT
#80 Sovereign Connect 0.1 Miles Moab, UT
#81 Rusty Nail 1.9 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#82 Hells Canyon 2.4 Miles (being written) Castle Valley, UT To Be Written
#83 Goose Island Trail 3.0 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#84 Boondocks to Dunestone 0.2 Miles Moab, UT
#85 Snippet 0.2 Miles Moab, UT
#86 Pipe Dream Low 0.4 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#87 Killer Bike 0.2 Miles Moab, UT
#88 Chuckwagon 0.5 Miles Moab, UT
#89 Sidewinder 1.7 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#90 Amasa Overlook 0.7 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To Be Written
#91 Jacob's (Jackson'... 0.2 Miles Moab, UT
#92 North 40 Connector 0.1 Miles Moab, UT
#93 Amasa to Captain Ahab Conne... 0.4 Miles Moab, UT
#94 Sovereign Connector 0.1 Miles Moab, UT
#95 Terry's Tunnel connector 0.1 Miles Moab, UT
#96 Poison Spider Connector - m... 0.8 Miles Moab, UT
#97 L.4 Sovereign connector 0.2 Miles Moab, UT
#98 Monitor Merrimac Cutoff - F... 0.5 Miles Moab, UT
#99 Jedi Slickrock 1.1 Miles (being written) Moab, UT To be written
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