Biking in Moab, Arches and Canyonlands
Moab offers some of the best end-over opportunities around and of course, made its name as the home to the best mountain biking on Earth.
Moab offers some of the best end-over opportunities around and of course, made its name as the home to the best mountain biking on Earth. Beginners as well as experienced bikers can rent bikes or take a guided tour that can test your limits.
Slickrock Bike Trail
The world famous Slickrock Bike Trail is not for the fainthearted. Highly technical, it taunts you with end-over possibilities. Many other trails are less difficult and can be enjoyed for the scenery as well as the chills and thrills.
The trail is east of Moab in the Spanish Valley & Sand Flats Recreation Area. Do the practice loop (2.2 miles) or the main loop (10.5 miles). Find Spanish Valley maps at www.discovermoab.com/biking.htm#spanish
Bike the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands
This 100-mile loop is usually done as a three-to-five-day intermediate bike ride with a four-wheel-drive support vehicle carrying water. You’ll circle Island in the Sky, riding along the edge of cliffs, past deep canyons with rivers ribboning along their bottoms and breathtaking viewpoints. The average grade of this backcountry road is only 2%, but it does max out at 37%. See our complete itinerary.
Bike Telluride to Moab
Ride from Colorado’s San Juan Hut Systems (www.sanjuanhuts.com/mtb/telluride-moab) in Telluride to Moab over 14,000-foot crests among the San Juan mountains. The 215-mile trail goes over the Uncompahgre Plateau and the La Sal Mountains. This difficult trek is for the truly devoted who relish miles of challenging trail to reach uncompromising stretches of scenic wonder. Bikers can stay in primitive huts along the way.
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