Moab Mountain Biking Trails
The Mountain Biking Mecca - Moab, Utah!
Mountain biking in canyon country can be anything from a challenging ride on the Slickrock Bike Trail to a leisurely ride along backcountry roads. This high desert environment can be unforgiving to the unprepared. Riders should carry water, food, clothing and tools and be prepared for changing weather, riding conditions and accidents. Most trails travel through remote areas where help is not readily available.
- Wear a helmet
- Recognize your physical and technical limits
- Carry twice as much water as you think you'll need
- Make sure your bike is functioning properly
- Carry repair and first aid kits and know how to use them
- Use a map, guidebook and/or guide
- Ride with others and re-group often
- Reserve enough daylight to retrace your route if you encounter problems
Bikers on the White Rim Road - Canyonlands
Photo Courtesy: National Park Service
When encountering slower-moving trail users, slow to their speed and wait for acknowledgement to pass or be passed. Always yield to horses and hikers. Remember that many mountain bike routes are also open to motorized use.
Riding in Remote Areas
If you have an accident in a remote area, it may take medical help hours to arrive. Travel with a group so that someone can be sent to obtain help and another rider can administer first aid. On a hot day, you will want to have more water than your frame-mounted bottles hold. Carry a large refill bottle on your rack. If your bike breaks down, it can be a long push back to town. Carry appropriate tools and know how to repair your bike.
Slickrock Bike Trail
Beginning Point: On Sand Flats Road, 2.3 miles from the intersection of the Sand Flats Road and Millcreek Drive in Moab.
Length: 9.6 miles (main loop); 2.2 miles (practice loop).
Type of Ride: Slickrock; loop ride.
Area Attractions: The Slickrock Trail possesses a terrific combination of challenging riding and scenery. The Practice Loop offers an introduction to riding on slickrock. However, the Practice Loop is every bit as difficult as the trail itself -- only shorter.
Route Description: The trail is marked by white dashes painted on the slickrock. Intersections, points of interest and caution zones are indicated with yellow paint.
The Slickrock Trail was originally designed for motorcycle use. The trail is open to both dirt bikes and mountain bikes.
The Slickrock Trail is the most difficult trail described here. It is both technically demanding and strenuous. Novice riders should test their riding skill and stamina on the Practice Loop prior to attempting the main route. Be certain that your brakes are in good working condition.
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