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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. 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.


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

There are a few groups that offer guided mountain bike tours, which can be a good way to take a bit of risk and logistics out of your journey.
Western Spirit Cycling Adventures.
Rim Tours

There are several good options for bike shops in town. A few that seem to be popular are:
Poison Spider (
Chile Pepper Bike Shop (
Rim Cyclery (
Moab Cyclery (

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
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Best Rides in Moab
#1 Whole Enchilada Loop 61.4 mile98.9 km
Moab, Utah One of the world's great rides, with 7000 ...
#2 Porcupine Rim 13.9 mile22.4 km
Moab, Utah The world famous Porcupine Rim ride; a bone jar...
#3 HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest 9.4 mile15.1 km
Moab, Utah Visually stunning, technically thrilling, a tru...
#4 Mag 7 22.1 mile35.5 km
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#5 Slickrock 10.7 mile17.2 km
Moab, Utah A totally unique experience on the world's...
#6 Amasa Back / Cliffhanger 9.1 mile14.6 km
Moab, Utah One of Moab's classic rides, featuring ste...
#7 Kokopelli Trail 139.3 mile224.1 km
Fruita, Colorado A spectacular off-road journey from Fruita to M...
#8 Whole Enchilada - New Begin... 32.6 mile52.4 km (being written)
Moab, Utah A right of passage for mountain bikers - The Ho...
#9 Lazy/EZ Loop 3.6 mile5.8 km
Moab, Utah This short loop makes a good introduction to si...
#10 Bar M Loops 11.1 mile17.9 km
Moab, Utah A great mix of singletrack and that famous Moab...
#11 Jug Handle Loop 36.5 mile58.7 km
Moab, Utah A huge, gorgeous desert expedition that is a go...
#12 Bar-M Loop 7.9 mile12.8 km
Moab, Utah A mellow, family-friendly ride with classic Moa...
#13 Flat Pass 18.2 mile29.2 km
Moab, Utah A neglected classic, running through spectacula...
#14 Poison Spider 15.8 mile25.5 km
Moab, Utah A Moab classic with slickrock, sand, Jeeps, and...
Best Mountain Bike Trails in Moab
#1 Captain Ahab 4.2 mile6.7 km
Moab, Utah Steep, technical, fast and fun. An excellent tr...
#2 Deadman's Ridge 3.3 mile5.4 km
Moab, Utah A relentless challenging route; a tech riding d...
#3 Pritchett Canyon 5.8 mile9.4 km
Moab, Utah A jeeper's test-piece that's also a b...
#4 Jacob's (Jackson'... 0.4 mile0.7 km
Moab, Utah A wild hike-a-bike that enables a wildly improb...
#5 Killer Bee 0.7 mile1.1 km
Moab, Utah A spicy, hair-raising descent!
#6 Long Branch 1.0 mile1.7 km
Moab, Utah A fun technical option in the Bar M system.
#7 Great Escape 3.3 mile5.2 km
Moab, Utah You'll feel like you're on a remote b...
#8 Pothole Arch 1.9 mile3.0 km
Moab, Utah Fun, engaging singletrack leads to slickrock do...
#9 HyMasa Trail 3.1 mile4.9 km
Moab, Utah THE way up to start Captain Ahab or an excellen...
#10 Pipe Dream 4.8 mile7.8 km
Moab, Utah An ideal trail providing technical challenge tr...
#11 Slickrock Practice Loop 1.6 mile2.5 km
Moab, Utah This short loop lets you test your skills befor...
#12 Rockstacker 1.6 mile2.6 km
Moab, Utah The perfect blend of Mother Nature and restrain...
#13 Moab Canyon Paved Path 9.0 mile14.5 km
Moab, Utah A scenic paved bikeway connecting several trail...
#14 North 40 4.2 mile6.8 km
Moab, Utah Intermediate loop and a great introduction to t...
#15 Little Canyon 2.2 mile3.5 km
Moab, Utah Panaoramic views of the La Sals - another highl...
#16 Pipe Dream Connector 0.3 mile0.5 km
Moab, Utah
#17 EZ 1.5 mile2.3 km
Moab, Utah A short, beginner singletrack that stays true t...
#18 Jackson Hole 8.2 mile13.2 km
Moab, Utah A beautiful and remote ride around a unique geo...
#19 Hurrah Pass 9.7 mile15.6 km
Moab, Utah A mellow pedal through spectacular terrain to a...
#20 Hunter Canyon Rim 3.9 mile6.2 km
Moab, Utah One of the last "Old-School" Moab rid...
#21 Portal 2.5 mile4.0 km
Moab, Utah A dangerous challenge for true experts. A scen...
#22 Circle-O 2.9 mile4.7 km
Moab, Utah An excellent moderate loop on slickrock with sw...
#23 Jackson's 2.3 mile3.7 km
Moab, Utah A great technical and exposed descent.
#24 Dave's Trail 1.2 mile2.0 km
Moab, Utah The quick and hard way back to town from the Sl...
#25 Hidden Valley 3.2 mile5.2 km
Moab, Utah Moab's mellowest singletrack; hidden in a ...
#26 Lazy 1.5 mile2.4 km
Moab, Utah Tight turns and wide views with a smooth & ...
#27 Maverick 0.3 mile0.6 km
Moab, Utah A fast, flowy dirt-track that makes a nice alte...
#28 Rusty Spur 1.6 mile2.6 km
Moab, Utah A short, smooth ride for beginners and families.
#29 Rockin' A 1.6 mile2.5 km
Moab, Utah A nice little introduction to Moab Slickrock.
#30 Sidewinder 1.3 mile2.1 km
Moab, Utah A connector trail from Rusty Spur to the Moab C...
#31 Chicken Corners 4.6 mile7.5 km
Moab, Utah Some of the most amazing scenery anywhere, lead...
#32 Bar-B Loop 2.3 mile3.6 km
Moab, Utah Short chunky trail downhill and an easy loop back.
#33 Moab Rim Trail 3.5 mile5.6 km
Moab, Utah One of Moab's premier downhills. But with ...
#34 O to 40 Linkup 0.1 mile0.2 km
Moab, Utah
#35 Behind the Rocks Road 14.5 mile23.3 km
Moab, Utah A sometimes sandy ride across open desert past ...
#36 Rusty Nail 1.9 mile3.0 km (being written)
Moab, Utah To Be Written
#37 Killer Bike 0.2 mile0.3 km
Moab, Utah
#38 Chuckwagon 0.5 mile0.8 km
Moab, Utah
#39 Jacob's (Jackson'... 0.2 mile0.3 km
Moab, Utah
#40 Amasa to Captain Ahab Conne... 0.4 mile0.7 km
Moab, Utah
#41 Poison Spider Connector - m... 0.8 mile1.3 km
Moab, Utah
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