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Dead Horse Point Tour

Intermediate

Trail

14.4 mile 23.1 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
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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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

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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May 26, 2020
Andrew Kuiken
nice ride, a little long and a slowing parts 14.2mi
May 25, 2020
Renata Altamirano
13.7mi — 3h 28m
May 24, 2020
Susan Bertelsen
May 15, 2020
Sharayah Burden
Great Pyramid to Big chief, Jon and I had a blast, took us about an hour and a half and that included stopping a couple times for the views
May 13, 2020
Paul Ruiz
May 8, 2020
Riley Duke
10mi — 1h 39m
Mar 17, 2020
Darren Ream
Mar 15, 2020
Levi Perigo
With DB and Matt on the Gravel Bike

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Great trail for all to enjoy. Oh yeah, there are great views as well!
Nov 30, 2015 near Moab, UT
This trail is littered with epic views!
Nov 30, 2015 near Moab, UT
Nonstop scenery on Big Chief
Mar 18, 2014 near Moab, UT
Canyonlands National Park in the distance
Mar 18, 2014 near Moab, UT
On our way out to the Big Chief Overlook
Mar 18, 2014 near Moab, UT
Riding around the Big Chief trail is visually distracting...
Mar 18, 2014 near Moab, UT

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