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Overview


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

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 activities. There are now more beginner-friendly trails than ever, and plenty of trails to keep everyone entertained for a long weekend or more.

For those reasons, people come from all over Utah and from Colorado's front range, and many other places, driving 5 or more hours to take advantage of trails. It's worth a trip to experience scenery like you've never seen before.

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 trail, 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.

Discover Moab seems to have good information about the area.

Details


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. 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!

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.

Chasing Epic.

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).

Seasons


The sweet spots for Moab are spring and fall, when the temperatures are cooler, and other destinations within driving distance are inaccessible 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. 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 head out in the early mornings or late evenings. It's simply too hot in the summer to be safe in the middle of the day.

Camping and Lodging


There's plenty of camping, and it's probably the most common sleeping arrangement for many people 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.

Food and Drink


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.

Other Activities


Moab is nearby to some incredible attractions. 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.

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FEATURED RIDES
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The world famous Porcupine Rim ride; a bone jarring route with a sweet single...
near Moab, UT
4.5 (22)
An amazing adventure in Canyonlands high on a plateau between the Green and C...
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Long distance, ledgy, fast and fun; a premiere ride in Moab.
near Moab, UT
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MOUNTAIN BIKE AREAS
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Area Featured Rides Trails
Bar M316
Behind the Rocks010
Dead Horse Point State Park19
Klondike Bluffs Trail System220
Klonzo Trails213
Magnificent 708
Moab Brand Trails415
North Fork Park13
Sovereign and Cedar Mountain423

TOP FEATURED RIDES
Best Rides in Moab
#1 HyMasa/Captain Ahab Huckfest 9.4 mile15.1 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT Visually stunning, technically thrilling, a tru...
#2 Porcupine Rim 14.7 mile23.6 km
Dry, Apr 26
Moab, UT The world famous Porcupine Rim ride; a bone jar...
#3 White Rim Trail 100.7 mile162.1 km
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Moab, UT An amazing adventure in Canyonlands high on a p...
#4 Mag 7 22.1 mile35.6 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT Long distance, ledgy, fast and fun; a premiere ...
#5 Dead Horse Point Tour 14.0 mile22.5 km
Dry, Mar 20
Moab, UT Stunning scenery and great singletrack. One of...
#6 Slickrock 10.7 mile17.2 km
Dry, Apr 13
Moab, UT A totally unique experience on the world's most...
#7 Amasa Back / Cliffhanger 9.1 mile14.6 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT One of Moab's classic rides, featuring steep dr...
#8 I-Cup Thaw Massacre 39.7 mile63.9 km
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Moab, UT I-Cup Thaw Massacre
#9 Klondike Bluff Outer Loop 14.3 mile22.9 km
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Moab, UT Outstanding intermediate singletrack and a slic...
#10 Navajo Rocks Chaco Loop 17.6 mile28.3 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT A little bit of everything from flowy to techni...
#11 Moab Brand Trails - Lazy/EZ... 3.7 mile6.0 km
Dry, Mar 17
Moab, UT This short loop makes a good introduction to si...
#12 Monitor Merrimac 5.5 mile8.9 km
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Moab, UT A great beginner/intermediate introduction to M...
#13 Bar M Loops 11.1 mile17.9 km
Dry, Feb 26
Moab, UT A great mix of singletrack and that famous Moab...
#14 Klonzo - Upper Loop 4.7 mile7.5 km
Dry, Mar 17
Moab, UT A fast and fun five miles.
#15 Klondike Bluff Beginner Loop 3.9 mile6.3 km
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Moab, UT Great beginner singletrack to ride before tackl...
#16 Sovereign - Salt Wash Combo 10.6 mile17.1 km
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Moab, UT A challenging introduction to the slickrock and...
#17 Flat Pass 18.2 mile29.2 km
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Moab, UT A neglected classic, running through spectacula...
#18 Moab to Boulder Town - Grav... 294.3 mile473.6 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A 5-day, southern-Utah desert bikepacking tour ...
#19 Hey Joe - Spring Canyon Loop 37.6 mile60.5 km
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Moab, UT A big, unlikely desert adventure to an abandone...
#20 Jug Handle Loop 36.5 mile58.7 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A huge, gorgeous desert expedition that is a go...
#21 Klonzo - Lower Loop 3.3 mile5.3 km
Dry, Mar 17
Moab, UT Mellow grades and killer views on tight, twisty...
#22 Bar-M Loop 7.9 mile12.8 km
Mar 27
Moab, UT A mellow, family-friendly ride with classic Moa...
#23 Lockhart Basin 44.3 mile71.3 km
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Moab, UT The same beautiful scenery as the White Rim Tra...
#24 Sovereign - Cedar Mountain ... 8.3 mile13.4 km
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Moab, UT Steep climbs, steep descents and some spectacul...
#25 Poison Spider 15.8 mile25.5 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A Moab classic with slickrock, sand, Jeeps, and...
#26 extended Monitor and Merrimac 10.9 mile17.5 km
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Moab, UT make a longer loop of a fairly simple ride. Ea...
TOP TRAILS
Best Mountain Bike Trails in Moab
#1 Captain Ahab 4.2 mile6.7 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT Steep, technical, fast and fun. An excellent tr...
#2 Bull Run 5.2 mile8.4 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT An excellent singletrack and slickrock start to...
#3 Big Chief 3.7 mile5.9 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT On a 5-star scale, this one is a 6!
#4 Pritchett Canyon 5.8 mile9.4 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A jeeper's test-piece that's also a blast on a ...
#5 Jacob's (Jackson's) Ladder 0.4 mile0.7 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A wild hike-a-bike that enables a wildly improb...
#6 Long Branch 1.0 mile1.7 km
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Moab, UT A fun technical option in the Bar M system.
#7 Gravitron 1.9 mile3.1 km
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Moab, UT This new, flowing and smooth singletrack heads ...
#8 Gold Bar Rim 3.6 mile5.8 km
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Moab, UT A fun but very difficult technical route along ...
#9 Deadman's Ridge 3.3 mile5.4 km
Mar 27
Moab, UT A relentless challenging route; a tech riding d...
#10 Great Escape 3.3 mile5.2 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT You'll feel like you're on a remote backcountry...
#11 Pipe Dream 4.8 mile7.8 km
Dry, Jul 2
Moab, UT An ideal trail providing technical challenge tr...
#12 HyMasa Trail 3.1 mile4.9 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT THE way up to start Captain Ahab or an excellen...
#13 Pothole Arch 1.9 mile3.0 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT Fun, engaging singletrack leads to slickrock do...
#14 Slickrock Practice Loop 1.6 mile2.5 km
Dry, Apr 13
Moab, UT This short loop lets you test your skills befor...
#15 Getaway 4.6 mile7.4 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT A good option for Mag 7 on the north side of Ge...
#16 Alaska 3.8 mile6.1 km
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Moab, UT A great new addition to the Klondike trail syst...
#17 Ramblin' 3.3 mile5.4 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT Nice rolling trail on slick rock and (mostly pa...
#18 Dino-Flow 4.4 mile7.1 km
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Moab, UT Fast and fun singletrack with a little slickroc...
#19 Twisted Tree 1.5 mile2.4 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT Twisty! A slightly technical trail with outsta...
#20 Whiptail 2.8 mile4.4 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT An outstanding section of the Dead Horse Point ...
#21 Rockstacker 1.6 mile2.6 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT The perfect blend of Mother Nature and restrain...
#22 Raven Roll 1.7 mile2.7 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT Easy connection to make short loops in Dead Horse
#23 Sovereign 9.9 mile15.9 km
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Moab, UT Slickrock and singletrack fun connecting Willow...
#24 UFO 1.6 mile2.7 km
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Moab, UT A fantastic segment combining fast flowing dirt...
#25 Zoltar 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Moab, UT A rolling tail across the slickrock and sand. C...
#26 Prickly 2.2 mile3.6 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT Short ups and downs on good quality trail.
#27 Moab Canyon Paved Path 9.0 mile14.5 km
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Moab, UT A scenic paved bikeway connecting several trail...
#28 Great Pyramid 2.2 mile3.6 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT Another great trail with a small step up in dif...
#29 Bartlett Wash Slickrock 2.8 mile4.5 km
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Moab, UT A vast, freeform slickrock playground full of d...
#30 North 40 4.2 mile6.8 km
Dry, Mar 17
Moab, UT Intermediate loop and a great introduction to t...
#31 Circle-O 2.9 mile4.7 km
Mar 27
Moab, UT An excellent moderate loop on slickrock with sw...
#32 Big Mesa 3.3 mile5.3 km
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Moab, UT This is a great 3-mile trail in the Navajo Rock...
#33 EZ 1.5 mile2.3 km
Dry, Mar 17
Moab, UT A short, beginner singletrack that stays true t...
#34 Portal 2.5 mile4.0 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A dangerous challenge for true experts. A scen...
#35 Homer 0.8 mile1.2 km
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Moab, UT Fast slickrock connecting Dino-flow to Alaska.
#36 Arth's Corner 1.5 mile2.4 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT Red sandstone slickrock and singletrack connect...
#37 Mega Steps 3.2 mile5.1 km
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Moab, UT A great start to a long loop around Klondike Bl...
#38 Pipe Dream Connector 0.3 mile0.5 km Moab, UT
#39 Jasper 1.7 mile2.8 km
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Moab, UT A great beginner singletrack with views around ...
#40 Killer Bee 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Moab, UT A spicy, hair-raising descent!
#41 US 191 Side Path 1.2 mile2.0 km
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Moab, UT A straightforward paved path.
#42 Salt Wash 4.5 mile7.2 km
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Moab, UT An ever changing experience of slickrock and si...
#43 Lathrop Canyon 4.0 mile6.4 km
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Moab, UT A passageway between the divergent White Rim an...
#44 Brushy Basin 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Moab, UT Singletrack connecting the west end of Cedar Mo...
#45 Cedar Mountain (Sovereign U... 3.7 mile5.9 km
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Moab, UT Challenging singletrack through a cratered moon...
#46 Hunter Canyon Rim 3.9 mile6.2 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT One of the last "Old-School" Moab rides where j...
#47 Little Canyon 2.2 mile3.5 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT Panaoramic views of the La Sals - another highl...
#48 EKG 5.2 mile8.4 km
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Moab, UT A fun bouncy workout for you and your bike's sh...
#49 Rocky Tops 4.6 mile7.4 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT A nice rolling trail off of Utah 313.
#50 Jackson's 2.3 mile3.7 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A great technical and exposed descent.
#51 Wahoo 1.6 mile2.6 km
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Moab, UT Ride this trail counterclockwise to get the mos...
#52 Hurrah Pass 9.7 mile15.6 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A mellow pedal through spectacular terrain to a...
#53 Boondocks 1.1 mile1.7 km
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Moab, UT The western most loop in the Klonzo trails; you...
#54 Lazy 1.5 mile2.4 km
Dry, Mar 17
Moab, UT Tight turns and wide views with a smooth & fast...
#55 Rockin' A 1.6 mile2.5 km
Mar 27
Moab, UT A nice little introduction to Moab Slickrock.
#56 Coney Island 3.1 mile4.9 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT A scenic downhill, flowy and fun!
#57 Sidewinder 1.3 mile2.1 km
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Moab, UT A connector trail from Rusty Spur to the Moab C...
#58 Dave's Trail 1.2 mile2.0 km
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Moab, UT The quick and hard way back to town from the Sl...
#59 Dunestone 1.6 mile2.6 km
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Moab, UT Ride over waves of petrified sand dunes.
#60 Little Salty 1.7 mile2.7 km
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Moab, UT An easy, fast way down from the upper trails.
#61 Baby Steps North 1.3 mile2.1 km
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Moab, UT A fun, steady climb up mostly slickrock, or a g...
#62 VertiGo 1.0 mile1.7 km
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Moab, UT Gravitron ends halfway through this trail that ...
#63 Crossroads 1.6 mile2.6 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT A flat, easy, and moderately interesting connec...
#64 Intrepid 0.7 mile1.1 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT A good beginner trail to an amazing overlook.
#65 Jackson Hole 8.2 mile13.2 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT A beautiful and remote ride around a unique geo...
#66 Secret Passage 0.6 mile1.0 km
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Moab, UT Fast singletrack connecting to a hidden valley.
#67 Big Lonely 3.2 mile5.1 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT Fun flowey gradual climbing with some slick roc...
#68 Maverick 0.3 mile0.6 km
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Moab, UT A fast, flowy dirt-track that makes a nice alte...
#69 7-Up 9.8 mile15.7 km
Dry, Apr 10
Moab, UT A worthy, but not exceptional trail with great ...
#70 Borderline 1.7 mile2.7 km
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Moab, UT Rolling, smooth singletrack that borders the so...
#71 Rusty Spur 1.6 mile2.6 km
Dry, Mar 17
Moab, UT A short, smooth ride for beginners and families.
#72 Klondike Bluff 4x4 7.1 mile11.4 km
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Moab, UT A classic beginner ride with slickrock and view...
#73 Jurassic 3.0 mile4.8 km
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Moab, UT New, simple, smooth singletrack to connect the ...
#74 Baby Steps Singletrack Loop 1 1.2 mile2.0 km
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Moab, UT Half dirt, half slickrock, and all twisty, wind...
#75 Hidden Valley 3.2 mile5.2 km
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Moab, UT Moab's mellowest singletrack; hidden in a secre...
#76 Baby Steps Singletrack Loop 2 0.8 mile1.3 km
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Moab, UT Mellow and enjoyable intermediate riding on dir...
#77 Pair 0.8 mile1.3 km
Dry, Feb 29
Moab, UT A shorter, less scenic option to Prickly.
#78 Agate Loop 1.7 mile2.7 km
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Moab, UT Great beginner singletrack is more fun than it ...
#79 Golden Spike Jeep Road 6.7 mile10.8 km
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Moab, UT Adopt me, please!
#80 Gold Bar Rim Road 3.8 mile6.1 km
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Moab, UT Adopt me, please!
#81 Prospector (Low) 0.9 mile1.4 km
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Moab, UT A short trail directly in Moab with exposure an...
#82 Gold Bar 2.3 mile3.7 km
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Moab, UT A moderate climb to the Gold Bar Rim Road, with...
#83 Goose Island Paved Path 2.5 mile4.0 km
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Moab, UT A great way to stay off the main road.
#84 Chicken Corners 4.6 mile7.5 km
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Moab, UT Some of the most amazing scenery anywhere, lead...
#85 Sovereign ATV Loop 3.7 mile6.0 km
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Moab, UT An easier option for the Sovereign area, crossi...
#86 Dalton Well (Bushy Basin) C... 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Moab, UT An easy, flat connection from Brushy Basin to D...
#87 Dalton Wells Road 1.9 mile3.1 km
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Moab, UT Main artery connecting to Sovereign and Cedar M...
#88 24-Hours of Moab 10.5 mile16.8 km
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Moab, UT The route of a classic, but punishing endurance...
#89 Behind the Rocks Road 14.5 mile23.3 km
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Moab, UT A sometimes sandy ride across open desert past ...
#90 Cross Canyon 1.3 mile2.0 km
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Moab, UT A great 'up' trail to connect different loops a...
#91 Baby Steps Loop 4x4 5.8 mile9.4 km
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Moab, UT An old Jeep road that connects great singletrac...
#92 O to 40 Linkup 0.1 mile0.2 km Moab, UT
#93 Moab Rim Trail 3.5 mile5.6 km
Dry, May 13
Moab, UT One of Moab's premier downhills. But with the c...
#94 Bar-B Loop 2.3 mile3.6 km
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Moab, UT Short chunky trail downhill and an easy loop back.
#95 Baby Steps South 1.1 mile1.8 km
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Moab, UT An old Jeep road used to connect great singletr...
#96 Behind The Rocks - Hwy 191 ... 1.6 mile2.6 km
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Moab, UT A way to cut off some highway riding on the way...
#97 Terry's Tunnel 0.9 mile1.5 km
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Moab, UT A short, challenging loop adding extra spice to...
#98 Long Valley 1.3 mile2.1 km
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Moab, UT An easy connection between many trails in the S...
#99 Willow Springs (Arches Loop) 1.7 mile2.8 km
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Moab, UT A dirt road connecting Klonzo trails with the S...
#100 Copper Ridge Jeep Road 3.4 mile5.4 km
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Moab, UT Sandy jeep road with a few sections of slickroc...
#101 Copper Ridge 4x4 3.8 mile6.1 km
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Moab, UT An unappealing way to connect the two Klondike ...
#102 L5 Sovereign Connect 0.2 mile0.3 km Moab, UT
#103 Sovereign Connect 0.1 mile0.2 km Moab, UT
#104 Rusty Nail 1.9 mile3.0 km
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Moab, UT To Be Written
#105 Klondike Bluff to Baby Step... 0.5 mile0.8 km Moab, UT
#106 Boondocks to Dunestone 0.2 mile0.3 km Moab, UT
#107 Snippet 0.2 mile0.3 km Moab, UT
#108 Killer Bike 0.2 mile0.3 km Moab, UT
#109 Chuckwagon 0.5 mile0.8 km Moab, UT
#110 Jacob's (Jackson's) Ladder ... 0.2 mile0.3 km Moab, UT
#111 Prospector (High) 0.4 mile0.7 km Moab, UT
#112 North 40 Connector 0.1 mile0.1 km Moab, UT
#113 Amasa to Captain Ahab Conne... 0.4 mile0.7 km Moab, UT
#114 Sovereign Connector 0.1 mile0.2 km Moab, UT
#115 Terry's Tunnel connector 0.1 mile0.2 km Moab, UT
#116 Copper Ridge to Jasper conn... 0.3 mile0.5 km Moab, UT
#117 Copper Ridge to Jasper conn... 0.3 mile0.5 km Moab, UT
#118 Poison Spider Connector - m... 0.8 mile1.3 km Moab, UT
#119 L.4 Sovereign connector 0.2 mile0.4 km Moab, UT
#120 Monitor Merrimac Cutoff - F... 0.5 mile0.9 km Moab, UT
#121 Agate Midline - a sandy les... 0.8 mile1.3 km Moab, UT