MTB Project Logo

Navajo Rocks Chaco Loop

 112 votes

17.6 Miles 28.3 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,467' 447 m

Ascent

-1,448' -441 m

Descent

5,607' 1,709 m

High

4,970' 1,515 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

All Clear

58 days agoUpdate

A little bit of everything from flowy to technical. Very scenic and fun riding.

Scotty Vina

Overview

KEEP SINGLETRACK SINGLE! Moab's dirt is alive and very fragile! The desert dirt is made of fragile biological soil crust that ranges in color from black at its most mature to light brown as it begins forming. Tiny tendrils of crust hold particles of sand in place and help keep moisture in the soil, allowing plants to survive. Soil crusts prevent erosion and without the crust holding in the soil, wind storms are more likely and erosion occurs.
This trail system that has some great flow and technical riding. No matter which way you do this ride, you'll be surprised by how energy sapping the consistent ups and downs are. The trail is all singletrack as you head back to your car with a few little tiny straight up climbs....don't feel bad if you walk 25 yards up the steep sections....everyone does it :)
SCENIC FUN!!!

Need to Know

Just when you think you have enough water, BRING MORE. It's a long ride, and you'll be having so much fun that you'll forget how much water you need to be drinking! No camping along the trail...BUT...Dubinky Well Road is just west of the trailhead on Hwy 313 and has some great dispersed camping.

Description

This is a unique ride. It uses several linked trails starting with Rocky Tops then Coney Island then Big Lonely to Big Mesa and the "grand finale" Ramblin'. You start on Rocky Tops, which is a nice warm-up. Its climbs are quick and painless while the legs tune up for the large ride. It's tighter riding around desert juniper bush/trees mixed with sand, slick rock and pack clay. As you get towards the end the views start to open up and bring you closer to the beauty of Big Mesa.

Rocky Tops is not bad, but you need to leave a little energy in the bucket for the incredible grand finale. You'll see people coming up from the other side, and they look in anguish. This is a painful climb from the other side! Just don't do it! Rocky Tops is a unique trail in that it seems as if a non-mountain biker designed it....which might be the case. But there are two little climbs that make you think..."Hmmm...this 6' jump onto the rock doesn't seem ride-able, but I'm sure there are talented people out there that have ridden it." Anyway, this section of trail undulates quite a bit but has some truly amazing views. Juniper berry trees, sand, cactus etc. quickly become your high-speed obstacles on the descent with some technical slick rock.

Then you come to Coney Island trail, which is a brutal, lonely climb. However, once it's done, this is where speeds increase, and it gets "buttery" or some would say flowy and fun. In this area, it starts to be more open singletrack grassland riding mixed with the occasional slick rock. Then this brings us to Big Lonely. You're finally feeling some nice relaxing, but techy downhill. Some of it's on old doubletrack that has been decommissioned.

Next is the Big Mesa trail which is the jewel of the Nile of this ride. Take your time, stop to take pictures, go slower, and LOOK UP! Enjoy the scenery of this incredible ride. Sure the trail is awesome and real buttery, but take your time and enjoy this one. There is a cool little rebar bridge which I would think some would find "interesting" especially if you are on foot. Truth be told.....I can see how some would find it intimidating as the re-bar welded slats on this bridge are separated by about 6". Ride across it without any issue..uhhhh hmmm....don't stop on the bridge!! If you're on foot....you'll have a bit more of a challenge. This shouldn't keep you from this trail, however.

This is a loop that if you don't race it....and take your time to stop and smell the roses....can be MAGICAL!

History & Background

This is a trail that was collectively created by Moab Trail Mix, BLM-Moab and Moab Trails Alliance. This trail was created in 2014.

Contacts

Rate Featured Ride


   Clear Rating

4.5 from 112 votes


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Dec 4, 2017
Joseph Rodriguez
Nov 25, 2017
Craig Champlin
Rode it with my 8 and 11 yo boys. Exhausted. Fulfilling. So much fun. Ended with Big Mesa = a real treat. 17.3mi
Nov 24, 2017
Brian Novak
Nov 22, 2017
David Schmid
Started on Ramblin, clockwise, fun took the road home. Coney Island trail is sandy. May be fun counter clockwise. 13.9mi
Nov 20, 2017
Neal Urlocker
11.1mi
Nov 14, 2017
Harrison Brodwin
Unbelievable rock formations 16mi
Nov 12, 2017
Lauren O'Connell
Nov 11, 2017
Rick Olson
Steady mix of climbing and descending. Easy climbs with Lots of pulling on the bars makes the ride more of an arm burner than leg burner. 17.6mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 112 votes

#1

in 7-Up

#6

Overall
  4.5 from 112 votes
5 Star
59%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
5%
2 Star
2%
1 Star
1%
Rankings

#1

in 7-Up

#3

in Utah

#6

Overall
2,657 Views Last Month
46,343 Since Sep 27, 2015
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
2%
67%
31%
0%
0%

Conditions


All Clear 58 days ago

Getting forecast...

Photos

Ben Carelock
Cortez, CO
Ben Carelock   Cortez, CO
I'd say this trail is good, but not great. Definitely would be about 1/2 way down my list for rides to do in the Moab area. Aug 30, 2017
Ton of fun and great views. The first half (clockwise, upto big lonely) is definitely tougher. The second half is mostly just good flowy fun. The description is missing the last trail ie. Ramblin. Oct 19, 2017
Great trail. A little bit of everything. Climbs are moderate. We rode clockwise. Big Lonely was favorite section, Big Mesa and Ramblin were super fun and had more tech sections. Solid intermediate ride. Oct 28, 2017

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter