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838 mi 1,349 km of trail 31 Rides

Easy Trails 50 Trails Intermediate Trails 119 Trails Hard Trails 50 Trails

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.

Local Info

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 (poisonspiderbicycles.com)

Chile Pepper Bike Shop (chilebikes.com)

Rim Cyclery (rimcyclery.com

Moab Cyclery (moabcyclery.com).

Visiting Tips

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 & 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.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Moab riding is bucket list worthy, and if you're looking for advice or support for a bike trip here, definitely contact Western Spirit Cycling. Their guides have these trails dialed, plus they will get their massive support truck to camp, whip up amazing food, and keep the beer cold.

Food & 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.

Rides in Moab - 28

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Favorite The amazing Porcupine Rim.
Difficult

The Whole Enchilada

34.1 mi 54.9 km • Point to Point • 1,283 ft Ascent 390.91 m Ascent

(433) Moab, UT
Favorite The Whole Enchilada....
Difficult

Porcupine Rim

14.7 mi 23.6 km • Point to Point • 1,195 ft Ascent 364.3 m Ascent

(344) Moab, UT
Favorite Not in Kansas anymore.
Intermediate/Difficult

Navajo Rocks Chaco Loop

17.5 mi 28.2 km • Loop • 1,342 ft Ascent 408.96 m Ascent

(278) Moab, UT
Favorite Dare devil ripping some Golden Spike
Difficult

Mag 7

21.2 mi 34.0 km • Point to Point • 1,294 ft Ascent 394.4 m Ascent

(185) Moab, UT
Favorite Great trail for all to enjoy. Oh yeah, there are great views as well!
Intermediate

Dead Horse Point Tour

14.4 mi 23.1 km • Loop • 644 ft Ascent 196.39 m Ascent

(238) Moab, UT
Favorite You can see the last section of the Porcupine Rim trail in the background. Wheelies are fun.
Difficult

Slickrock Complete Ride

11.0 mi 17.7 km • Loop • 758 ft Ascent 231.06 m Ascent

(405) Moab, UT
Favorite Captain Ahab has some amazing views west towards Canyonlands.
Difficult

HyMasa/Captain Ahab

9.0 mi 14.5 km • Loop • 1,216 ft Ascent 370.51 m Ascent

(286) Moab, UT
Favorite On day 1 of the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands NP, the views are already otherworldly.
Intermediate

White Rim Trail

100.8 mi 162.2 km • Loop • 5,656 ft Ascent 1724.01 m Ascent

(67) Moab, UT

Trails in Moab - 188

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4.2 mi 6.7 km #1Captain Ahab
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4.2 mi 6.7 km Moab, UT 112 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #2Ramblin'
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3.3 mi 5.4 km Moab, UT 84 
5.5 mi 8.9 km #3Bull Run
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5.5 mi 8.9 km Moab, UT 107 
3.4 mi 5.4 km #4Big Mesa
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3.4 mi 5.4 km Moab, UT 69 
4.8 mi 7.8 km #5Pipe Dream
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4.8 mi 7.8 km Moab, UT 102 
7.9 mi 12.7 km #6Getaway
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7.9 mi 12.7 km Moab, UT 72 
5.6 mi 9.1 km #7Dino-Flow
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5.6 mi 9.1 km Moab, UT 75 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #8UPS
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2.2 mi 3.6 km Moab, UT 58 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #9LPS
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2.2 mi 3.6 km Moab, UT 64 
3.8 mi 6.1 km #10Alaska
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3.8 mi 6.1 km Moab, UT 57 
4.6 mi 7.4 km #11Rocky Tops
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4.6 mi 7.4 km Moab, UT 59 
9.0 mi 14.4 km #12Rodeo
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9.0 mi 14.4 km Moab, UT 56 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #13North 40
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4.2 mi 6.8 km Moab, UT 55 
3.3 mi 5.2 km #14Great Escape
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3.3 mi 5.2 km Moab, UT 52 
3.2 mi 5.1 km #15HyMasa Trail
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3.2 mi 5.1 km Moab, UT 49 
2.9 mi 4.7 km #16Circle-O
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2.9 mi 4.7 km Moab, UT 56 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #17Gravitron
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1.9 mi 3.1 km Moab, UT 42 
2.5 mi 4.0 km #18Portal
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2.5 mi 4.0 km Moab, UT 49 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #19Deadman's Ridge
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3.3 mi 5.4 km Moab, UT 45 
3.7 mi 5.9 km #20Big Chief
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3.7 mi 5.9 km Moab, UT 29 

Photos of Moab - 826

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The amazing Porcupine Rim.
Dec 20, 2013 near Moab, UT
This Whole Enchilada video covers Burro Pass, Hazard, Kokopelli, Porcupine Singletrack, and Porcupine Rim.
Oct 9, 2013 near Moab, UT
Dare devil ripping some Golden Spike
May 26, 2015 near Moab, UT
Captain Ahab has some amazing views west towards Canyonlands.
Apr 1, 2015 near Moab, UT
Get ready for another classic from Tec-Gnar: this time ripping up Porcupine Rim!
Jan 31, 2017 near Moab, UT
Shadows on slickrock in the evening light.
May 3, 2013 near Moab, UT
You can see the last section of the Porcupine Rim trail in the background. Wheelies are fun.
Apr 21, 2013 near Moab, UT
Building (and riding!) Captain Ahab
Oct 17, 2013 near Moab, UT