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greenBlue Dead Horse Point Tour

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14.4 mile 23.1 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 644' 196 m
Descent: -645' -197 m
High: 6,020' 1,835 m
Low: 5,832' 1,778 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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

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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 cardio 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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Apr 11, 2019
Thomas Yukman
Did all of the eastern half (big chief, great pyramid, raven roll, intrepid) 11.9mi — 2h 26m
Apr 6, 2019
Ryan E
12.7mi — 2h 56m
Apr 6, 2019
Natasha Cabouet
Was fun would do it again. Did get lost a bit. 12mi — 2h 15m
Apr 5, 2019
jerario
Sofia's first ride! Met Rachael from Denver ok the trail
Apr 3, 2019
Péter Koncz
14.4mi — 3h 30m
Apr 2, 2019
Ronnie Dale
Amazing! Loved it!
Mar 30, 2019
Jeremy St Clair
15.1mi
Mar 29, 2019
Tim Radford
14.4mi — 1h 20m

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  4.6 from 189 votes

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  4.6 from 189 votes
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Eric Nelson
Redford, Michigan
Eric Nelson   Redford, Michigan
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
Dead Horse Point Trail may not have the technicality of other trails, but the views make this trail an A+ Oct 31, 2017
wimolrat Tangtiphongkul   Austin, Tx
first time in Utah, I love it, beautiful trail, easy nothing crazy, no crazy drop. the trail is never close to side of cliff. There are many bail out point if you are not up for the whole loop. There are restrooms and small coffee shop. ice coffee is $6 tips:parking is $20, carpool to save some money Oct 3, 2018

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