Dead Horse Point Tour

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14.0 Miles 22.5 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

711' 217 m

Ascent

-710' -216 m

Descent

6,020' 1,835 m

High

5,829' 1,777 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Stunning scenery and great singletrack. One of the very best beginner/intermediate trails in Moab.

Nick Wilder

Overview

For those looking for a relatively mellow but rewarding cruise, this is hands-down the ride for you in Moab. It doesn't have much technical interest or major cario workout, but the fast, fun trail and unbeatable and varied scenery are spectacular.

Need To Know

Though not required, the counter-clockwise direction is suggested by the park and works very well. There are many ways to make this shorter, and many bail-out points, so if you're not sure about the distance, just start out and head back when you're getting tired.

Description

Start from the north end of the visitor's center parking lot on Intrepid, which is not special in itself, but it's a relatively fast and easy ride to the Colorado River Overlook. Expect a few small rock shelves from 2-6" in height that beginners might need to dismount in order to negotiate.

From the overlook, join Great Pyramid, with several rocky ledges that might require dismounts. Otherwise this is an excellently-built trail with nice contours, rock plating where necessary, and great flow. Be sure to stop at the Pyramid Canyon Overlook.

Continue on the Big Chief trail, with a few small technical hills to start with, and some interesting "alligator back" rock riding, you level out on the rim with MILES of amazing views. The trail is particularly fast and flowy, especially for desert riding. Continue out to the Big Chief Overlook with views of the potash mine 2,000' below (and all of Moab and the La Sal mountains).

The trail then doubles back on itself on a higher level of the mesa. Great views continue, including good ones of the Henry mountains to the west.

You could take Raven Roll back to the car from here if you're in a hurry. Otherwise, take Crossroads, which is dead flat and uninteresting until you cross the road. On the western side of the road, the trail gets much more interesting as it winds through juniper, sage, and Mormon tea plants. Look out for some sandy corners or you could lose your front wheel if you're going too fast.

Next you're on Whiptail, on the top of the mesa with kind of generic desert riding until you get to the rim. Now the views are spectacular and trail becomes a fun roller coaster ride among small rock formations. Smooth and flowing, this is an example of some of the finest new-school trail-building around.

Note you can cut this trail off short by taking Prickly, but you'll miss all the fun parts.

The trail ends in Prickly (the shortcut came in from the left, but you'll go right). This trail lacks the stellar overlooks of other trails, but it has cool rock formations such as ledges and caves that you can ride around. There are a couple short sandy sections. Take this back to Intrepid and a quick return to your car!

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Spectacular. I was worried I wouldn't have fun on the easy riding, but there is plenty of FAST and fun riding to keep all but the most masochistic riders entertained. Oh, and the scenery is OK too. Nov 1, 2015


Extraordinary day on singletrack. My adult son and I rode all the trails on Saturday 3/19. Thick sand on some of the trails that created some challenges and had to walk a bit but great opportunity to practice skills and enjoy the exceptional views. Can't wait to return to Moab. Mar 26, 2016


Our Venture Crew from Michigan rode the Intrepid, Big Chief, Great Pyramid then Raven Roll for a total of 8 miles. Took 2 hours, but we stopped a lot for the views. I loved all of it. My buddy and I went back out and did the same loop in 52 minutes. Raven Roll was very fast. Averaged about 15 mph on that part even without knowing the turns or rocks. Jul 13, 2016


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