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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.

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


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 ( www.poisonspiderbicycles.com)
Chile Pepper Bike Shop ( www.chilebikes.com)
Rim Cyclery ( www.rimcyclery.com
Moab Cyclery ( 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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FEATURED RIDES
5.0 (35)
One of the world's great rides, with 7000 ft of descent from the high alpine ...
near Moab, Utah
4.7 (110)
The world famous Porcupine Rim ride; a bone jarring route with a sweet single...
near Moab, Utah
4.5 (27)
Visually stunning, technically thrilling, a true gem. You'll not want it to end.
near Moab, Utah
4.7 (16)
Stunning scenery and great singletrack. One of the very best beginner/interm...
near Moab, Utah
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MOUNTAIN BIKE AREAS
in Moab
Area Featured Rides Trails
Amasa Back and Captain Ahab Trails819
Dead Horse Point State Park412
Klondike Bluffs221
Klonzo Trails525
Magnificent 71033
Moab Brand Trails418
Slickrock78
Sovereign and Cedar Mountain528

TOP FEATURED RIDES
Best Rides in Moab
#1 Whole Enchilada Loop 61.4 mile98.9 km
Red
Moab, Utah One of the world's great rides, with 7000 ...
#2 Porcupine Rim 13.9 mile22.4 km
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Moab, Utah The world famous Porcupine Rim ride; a bone jar...
#3 HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest 9.4 mile15.1 km
Green
Moab, Utah Visually stunning, technically thrilling, a tru...
#4 Dead Horse Point Tour 14.0 mile22.5 km
Green
Moab, Utah Stunning scenery and great singletrack. One of...
#5 Mag 7 22.1 mile35.5 km
Green
Moab, Utah Long distance, ledgy, fast and fun; a premiere ...
#6 Slickrock 10.7 mile17.2 km
Green
Moab, Utah A totally unique experience on the world's...
#7 Amasa Back / Cliffhanger 9.1 mile14.6 km
Green
Moab, Utah One of Moab's classic rides, featuring ste...
#8 White Rim Trail 97.8 mile157.4 km
Green
Moab, Utah An amazing adventure in Canyonlands high on a p...
#9 Kokopelli Trail 139.3 mile224.1 km
Green
Fruita, Colorado A spectacular off-road journey from Fruita to M...
#10 Whole Enchilada - New Begin... 32.6 mile52.4 km (being written)
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Moab, Utah A right of passage for mountain bikers - The Ho...
#11 Lockhart Basin 44.3 mile71.3 km
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Moab, Utah The same beautiful scenery as the White Rim Tra...
#12 Monitor Merrimac 5.5 mile8.9 km
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Moab, Utah A great beginner/intermediate introduction to M...
#13 Lazy/EZ Loop 3.6 mile5.8 km
Green
Moab, Utah This short loop makes a good introduction to si...
#14 Bar M Loops 11.1 mile17.9 km
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Moab, Utah A great mix of singletrack and that famous Moab...
#15 Klonzo - Upper Loop 4.7 mile7.5 km
Green
Moab, Utah A fast and fun five miles.
#16 Jug Handle Loop 36.5 mile58.7 km
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Moab, Utah A huge, gorgeous desert expedition that is a go...
#17 Sovereign - Salt Wash Combo 10.6 mile17.1 km
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Moab, Utah A challenging introduction to the slickrock and...
#18 Bar-M Loop 7.9 mile12.8 km
Green
Moab, Utah A mellow, family-friendly ride with classic Moa...
#19 Klonzo - Lower Loop 3.3 mile5.3 km
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Moab, Utah Mellow grades and killer views on tight, twisty...
#20 Flat Pass 18.2 mile29.2 km
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Moab, Utah A neglected classic, running through spectacula...
#21 Sovereign - Cedar Mountain ... 8.3 mile13.4 km
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Moab, Utah Steep climbs, steep descents and some spectacul...
#22 Poison Spider 15.8 mile25.5 km
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Moab, Utah A Moab classic with slickrock, sand, Jeeps, and...
TOP TRAILS
Best Mountain Bike Trails in Moab
#1 Captain Ahab 4.2 mile6.7 km
Green
Moab, Utah Steep, technical, fast and fun. An excellent tr...
#2 Bull Run 5.2 mile8.4 km
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Moab, Utah An excellent singletrack and slickrock start to...
#3 Big Chief 3.7 mile5.9 km
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Moab, Utah On a 5-star scale, this one is a 6!
#4 Deadman's Ridge 3.3 mile5.4 km
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Moab, Utah A relentless challenging route; a tech riding d...
#5 Pritchett Canyon 5.8 mile9.4 km
Yellow
Moab, Utah A jeeper's test-piece that's also a b...
#6 Jacob's (Jackson'... 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Moab, Utah A wild hike-a-bike that enables a wildly improb...
#7 Secret Passage 0.6 mile1.0 km
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Moab, Utah Fast singletrack connecting to a hidden valley.
#8 Killer Bee 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Moab, Utah A spicy, hair-raising descent!
#9 Long Branch 1.0 mile1.7 km
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Moab, Utah A fun technical option in the Bar M system.
#10 LPS 2.2 mile3.6 km
Green
Castle Valley, Utah Ledgy sandstone punctuated by flowy trail.
#11 Great Escape 3.3 mile5.2 km
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Moab, Utah You'll feel like you're on a remote b...
#12 Pothole Arch 1.9 mile3.0 km
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Moab, Utah Fun, engaging singletrack leads to slickrock do...
#13 HyMasa Trail 3.1 mile4.9 km
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Moab, Utah THE way up to start Captain Ahab or an excellen...
#14 Getaway 4.6 mile7.4 km
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Moab, Utah A good option for Mag 7 on the north side of Ge...
#15 Slickrock Practice Loop 1.6 mile2.5 km
Green
Moab, Utah This short loop lets you test your skills befor...
#16 Prickly 2.2 mile3.6 km
Green
Moab, Utah Short ups and downs on good quality trail.
#17 Twisted Tree 1.5 mile2.4 km
Green
Moab, Utah Twisty! A slightly technical trail with outsta...
#18 Whiptail 2.8 mile4.4 km
Green
Moab, Utah An outstanding section of the Dead Horse Point ...
#19 Pipe Dream 4.8 mile7.8 km
Green
Moab, Utah An ideal trail providing technical challenge tr...
#20 Rockstacker 1.6 mile2.6 km
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Moab, Utah The perfect blend of Mother Nature and restrain...
#21 Bartlett Wash Slickrock 2.8 mile4.5 km
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Moab, Utah A vast, freeform slickrock playground full of d...
#22 Moab Canyon Paved Path 9.0 mile14.5 km
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Moab, Utah A scenic paved bikeway connecting several trail...
#23 Sovereign 9.9 mile15.9 km
Green
Moab, Utah Slickrock and singletrack fun connecting Willow...
#24 Raven Roll 1.7 mile2.7 km
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Moab, Utah Easy connection to make short loops in Dead Horse
#25 North 40 4.2 mile6.8 km
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Moab, Utah Intermediate loop and a great introduction to t...
#26 Arth's Corner 1.5 mile2.4 km
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Moab, Utah Red sandstone slickrock and singletrack connect...
#27 Little Canyon 2.2 mile3.5 km
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Moab, Utah Panaoramic views of the La Sals - another highl...
#28 Pipe Dream Connector 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Moab, Utah
#29 EZ 1.5 mile2.3 km
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Moab, Utah A short, beginner singletrack that stays true t...
#30 Great Pyramid 2.2 mile3.6 km
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Moab, Utah Another great trail with a small step up in dif...
#31 Salt Wash 4.5 mile7.2 km
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Moab, Utah An ever changing experience of slickrock and si...
#32 Wahoo 1.6 mile2.6 km
Green
Moab, Utah Ride this trail counterclockwise to get the mos...
#33 Zoltar 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Moab, Utah A rolling tail across the slickrock and sand. C...
#34 Jackson Hole 8.2 mile13.2 km
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Moab, Utah A beautiful and remote ride around a unique geo...
#35 Hurrah Pass 9.7 mile15.6 km
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Moab, Utah A mellow pedal through spectacular terrain to a...
#36 Brushy Basin 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Moab, Utah Singletrack connecting the west end of Cedar Mo...
#37 Cedar Mountain (Sovereign U... 3.7 mile5.9 km
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Moab, Utah Challenging singletrack through a cratered moon...
#38 Hunter Canyon Rim 3.9 mile6.2 km
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Moab, Utah One of the last "Old-School" Moab rid...
#39 Portal 2.5 mile4.0 km
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Moab, Utah A dangerous challenge for true experts. A scen...
#40 Circle-O 2.9 mile4.7 km
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Moab, Utah An excellent moderate loop on slickrock with sw...
#41 Jackson's 2.3 mile3.7 km
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Moab, Utah A great technical and exposed descent.
#42 Boondocks 1.1 mile1.7 km
Green
Moab, Utah The western most loop in the Klonzo trails; you...
#43 Dave's Trail 1.2 mile2.0 km
Green
Moab, Utah The quick and hard way back to town from the Sl...
#44 Dunestone 1.6 mile2.6 km
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Moab, Utah Ride over waves of petrified sand dunes.
#45 Crossroads 1.6 mile2.6 km
Green
Moab, Utah A flat, easy, and moderately interesting connec...
#46 Hidden Valley 3.2 mile5.2 km
Green
Moab, Utah Moab's mellowest singletrack; hidden in a ...
#47 Lazy 1.5 mile2.4 km
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Moab, Utah Tight turns and wide views with a smooth & ...
#48 Borderline 1.7 mile2.7 km
Green
Moab, Utah Rolling, smooth singletrack that borders the so...
#49 Maverick 0.3 mile0.6 km
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Moab, Utah A fast, flowy dirt-track that makes a nice alte...
#50 Rusty Spur 1.6 mile2.6 km
Green
Moab, Utah A short, smooth ride for beginners and families.
#51 Rockin' A 1.6 mile2.5 km
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Moab, Utah A nice little introduction to Moab Slickrock.
#52 Klondike Bluff 4x4 7.1 mile11.4 km
Green
Moab, Utah A classic beginner ride with slickrock and view...
#53 Sidewinder 1.3 mile2.1 km
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Moab, Utah A connector trail from Rusty Spur to the Moab C...
#54 Rockytops 4.6 mile7.4 km
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Moab, Utah A nice rolling trail off of Utah 313.
#55 Ramblin' 3.3 mile5.4 km
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Moab, Utah Nice rolling trail on slick rock and (mostly pa...
#56 Intrepid 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Moab, Utah A good beginner trail to an amazing overlook.
#57 Pair 0.8 mile1.3 km
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Moab, Utah A shorter, less scenic option to Prickly.
#58 Chicken Corners 4.6 mile7.5 km
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Moab, Utah Some of the most amazing scenery anywhere, lead...
#59 Sovereign ATV Loop 3.7 mile6.0 km
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Moab, Utah An easier option for the Sovereign area, crossi...
#60 Dalton Well (Bushy Basin) C... 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Moab, Utah An easy, flat connection from Brushy Basin to D...
#61 Dalton Wells Road 1.9 mile3.1 km
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Moab, Utah Main artery connecting to Sovereign and Cedar M...
#62 Bar-B Loop 2.3 mile3.6 km
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Moab, Utah Short chunky trail downhill and an easy loop back.
#63 7-Up 9.8 mile15.7 km
Yellow
Moab, Utah A worthy, but not exceptional trail with great ...
#64 Moab Rim Trail 3.5 mile5.6 km
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Moab, Utah One of Moab's premier downhills. But with ...
#65 Cross Canyon 1.3 mile2.0 km
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Moab, Utah A great 'up' trail to connect differe...
#66 O to 40 Linkup 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Moab, Utah
#67 Notch 0.5 mile0.8 km
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Moab, Utah An alternative, much harder section around the ...
#68 Behind the Rocks Road 14.5 mile23.3 km
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Moab, Utah A sometimes sandy ride across open desert past ...
#69 Behind The Rocks - Hwy 191 ... 1.6 mile2.6 km
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Moab, Utah A way to cut off some highway riding on the way...
#70 Terry's Tunnel 0.9 mile1.5 km
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Moab, Utah A short, challenging loop adding extra spice to...
#71 Long Valley 1.3 mile2.1 km
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Moab, Utah An easy connection between many trails in the S...
#72 Willow Springs (Arches Loop) 1.7 mile2.8 km
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Moab, Utah A dirt road connecting Klonzo trails with the S...
#73 24-Hours of Moab 10.5 mile16.8 km
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Moab, Utah The route of a classic, but punishing endurance...
#74 Copper Ridge Jeep Road 3.4 mile5.4 km
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Moab, Utah Sandy jeep road with a few sections of slickroc...
#75 L5 Sovereign Connect 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Moab, Utah
#76 Sovereign Connect 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Moab, Utah
#77 Rusty Nail 1.9 mile3.0 km (being written)
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Moab, Utah To Be Written
#78 Boondocks to Dunestone 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Moab, Utah
#79 Snippet 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Moab, Utah
#80 Killer Bike 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Moab, Utah
#81 Chuckwagon 0.5 mile0.8 km
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Moab, Utah
#82 Jacob's (Jackson'... 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Moab, Utah
#83 North 40 Connector 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Moab, Utah
#84 Amasa to Captain Ahab Conne... 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Moab, Utah
#85 Sovereign Connector 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Moab, Utah
#86 Terry's Tunnel connector 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Moab, Utah
#87 Poison Spider Connector - m... 0.8 mile1.3 km
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Moab, Utah
#88 L.4 Sovereign connector 0.2 mile0.4 km
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Moab, Utah
#89 Monitor Merrimac Cutoff - F... 0.5 mile0.9 km
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Moab, Utah
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