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looking for tips for my first 5 day trip to Moab!!

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luis aguilar · · Atlanta · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

Hi I am planning a trip to Moab in April or May 2018, it would be my first trip there. I have been reading forum posts and googling quite a lot and have an idea of what I would want to do. If you have experience in similar trips to Moab I would really appreciate any tips, advice, traps to avoid, anything you would share! about the trails as such and about the logistics, guides, rent bike, etc... !!! Thank you!!

My basic plan:

day1 WED: fly in, salt lake, drive to moab, 6 hours?, get to the hotel in Moab late night but hey! at least I am there!

day2 THU: get a rental good mountain bike, put it in the car, drive to the loop-parking for trail Slickrock; do the trail, no rush... all day for that.

day3 FRI: find one of those buses or vans or similar so I can get a ride to the middle of Porcupine trail; do that 15 miles portion of Porcupine Rim trail... at the end ride the bike back to the hotel in Moab

day4 SAT: drive to the the loop trail Flat Pass.

day5 SUN: travels back home. 

My profile: intermediate; I ride a relic-2004 Scott double suspension, 26 wheel and 3 by 8 ...  yes, I know, it's time to get a new one... when I see a decent Scott Spark under 2k I'll go for it... 

My questions: 

--- for an intermediate, would you recommend the trail choices or if not what would be the right trail alternatives (i am ok if somewhat above my level as long as doable; I am not all about jumps and downhill but rather "excursionist" looking for scenery, challenge, fair climbs and some spice going downhill.
My worry is to pick a trail way above my level and suffer the day instead of enjoying it. 

--- would you have a contact recommendation to rent a "normal" good mountain bike at a "normal" good price ? I would love to try 27.5, but not plus, and maybe it s the time for me to try the famous 2 chainrings instead of my current - obsolete - 3 by 8 ...  

--- Should I get "guides" to do these trails? or can I do as I normally do which is get the trails on my Garmin and just figure it out out there... ? 

--- Should I expect bike-traffic jams , especially on Fri and Sat? I suppose Moab is so famous that there are so many bikers? 

THANK YOU So MUCH for any advice!!!

Moab Utah 1 · · Moab, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 0

You might dig on a demo event in Moab, to ride other bikes than your relic? is in April. If you came in March, there is too.

More on bike trails -- The Blue are intermediate.

Each of the bike shops in Moab has a shuttle connection. Find the shops on, join those shuttle for cost sharing. Live links to investigate brands and rental prices.

Thanks for choosing Moab!

luis aguilar · · Atlanta · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

hi thank you for those great tips!!! will look it all up!

Mark Michaels · · Draper, UT · Joined Sep 2006 · Points: 30

Reserve your room NOW.  April/May is peak season in Moab.  

Know that it will be hot.  Or freezing cold.  Or perfect.  All in the same day.  Take plenty of water and snacks.  Then pack extra.  

If you're from Atlanta you have no idea how much water you will need to drink in the high, dry, Utah desert.  A ton. 

But it will be amazing.  I took my first trip to Moab in about 1991.  It has grown a lot, but the scenery is still as good as it ever was.  

luis aguilar · · Atlanta · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

thank you Mark! Really appreciate the flag "all in the same day" !!! I am set re lodging and will make totally sure about water, no compromise there. I did have couple ride experiences in the arab emirates in Ras al Khaimah where I promised myself I would never be short on water again in those type of conditions... check one of those trails !  : )

Dawn Scheneck · · Allamuchy, NJ · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

I agree, that you should reserve both your room and a rental bike NOW ! I'd definitely try a 27.5" from one of the fantastic LBS that is in Moab. I've rented from both Chili Pepper and Poison Spider in town and both were a great experience.  

As an Intermediate riders, my husband and I were out there in August 2017 and had no difficulty riding the Whole Enchilada - but that was definitely an entire day's adventure.  We've done the Slickrock practice loop, which was more than enough for me - we prefer Navajo Rocks area which has a nice mix of everything good in Moab riding, IMHO.  

Also agree with the advice on the weather - make sure you bring plenty of water as well as snack. 

Moab is awesome, enjoy your first trip, I'm certain it won't be your last :-)

Tom McBride · · Unknown Hometown · Joined 21 days ago · Points: 0

See Hannah at The Chili Pepper Bike Shop. A young woman that is an avid rider who can answer your questions and refer you to other sources as needed.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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