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4,771' 1,454 m


4,466' 1,361 m


550' 168 m


600' 183 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

  • Follow the white stripes, stay on the trail, and do not disturb the cryptobiotic soil or water filled potholes.
  • PLEASE don't bring your dog - the burning hot sandstone surface tears away their paw pads, leaving them raw and bloody halfway through the ride. If you absolutely must bring them, bring extra water - make sure they leave the water in the potholes for the local wildlife.

Need to Know

The entire trail is very exposed and very crowded. It's open to motorized dirt bikes. Bring lots of water, avoid hot days, and come early or late in the day to avoid crowds. Sunset is a spectacular time to be out, as long as you know you can get back before dark!

There is a fee of $5/vehicle or $2/bike to enter Sand Flats Recreation Area. There is lots of great camping along Sand Flats Road, within easy biking distance to this trail and others in the area.


Starting from the largest parking lot ever dedicated to a single trail, head north on easy terrain. You'll come to the Slickrock Practice Loop in .25 miles, which is well worth the detour. It's a good introduction to the main Slickrock loop, slightly easier and adds another fun mile to your ride. It reconnects to this trail half a mile later.

The trail is a never-ending series of short but incredibly steep climbs and descents. The rock provides incredible traction, and after a while, you'll realize that everything here is rideable, even if it appears to be way to steep to ride at first. If this is your first time, walk the steeper ones and work up the difficulties slowly - falling on rock hurts more than dirt.

From the intersection with the Practice Loop, you'll ride a short connection to the main loop. Along this section, you come to a cool view down Abyss Canyon, then wade through a sandy pit, and then intersect with the 4x4 trail called Hell's Revenge (don't follow that trail by accident).

At 2 miles you'll come to the loop part of this lollipop, and the preferred direction is clockwise (though either way is fine), so take a left and ascend along 'swiss cheese ridge' high above Moab. This is a long, generally straight in direction, section of trail. The ups and downs are steep for sure. Along the flatter sections of slickrock, be on the lookout for potholes that cradle prickly pear cactus or want to swallow your tires.

At 3.5 and 5 miles, there are optional spurs (each a couple tenths of a mile) that go to the edge of the cliff for great views and are well worth it. The trail turns to parallel the Colorado River here and begins to descend towards a vast, flatter expanse of slickrock. It's wise to roll up to edges slowly.

The Natural Selection viewpoint at 7 miles is really cool, and a great place for a rest before you head back to the west and south to complete the loop. On the return you'll find more punchy climbs and steep descents with some sand traps mixed in for good measure. This part of the route will pass a couple of different canyons and you'll get some spine tingling views across the red rock landscape.

There's one big climb and descent to tackle before reaching the intersection to head back to the trailhead. Your legs will be tired but keep riding, you're about the complete the world famous Slickrock!


Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by F Felix

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You can see the last section of the Porcupine Rim trail in the background. Wheelies are fun.
Apr 21, 2013 near Moab, UT
Slickrock Trail is beautiful in the evening...
Oct 21, 2015 near Moab, UT
A fun video from Seth's Bike Hacks giving an overview of the iconic Slickrock Trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Moab, UT
Accidental reflection in the puddle at sunset on Slickrock in Moab, UT.
Nov 16, 2015 near Moab, UT
Some fun features on Slick Rock. Mostly rolling with no drop.
Apr 24, 2016 near Moab, UT
Spring time is a beautiful time to visit Moab!
Apr 24, 2018 near Moab, UT


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Oct 16, 2023
Prosper Wang
Oct 14, 2023
Prosper Wang
Oct 9, 2023
Corrie Beauvineau
May 29, 2023
Chris Wiley
May 9, 2023
Kevin Hart
did one out and back accidentally. early start, hot by 9am 9.6mi
Apr 30, 2023
Taylor S
One of the craziest, most physical experiences of my life 9.9mi — 2h 19m
Oct 24, 2022
Scott Walker
October 22, 2022 with Sean F, very difficult, used levo e bikes
Sep 17, 2022
Gavin McGrath
Great and grippy 9.4mi