Moab, Utah, is a significant destination on the mountain biking circuit. It has been a superb mountain biking objective since the sport was in its infancy. With its gorgeous vistas of the La Sal mountains and red rocks, there is nothing quite like mountain biking in Moab.
The Top Mountain Bike Trails Near Moab, Utah
First of all, it must be said that most of the trails in Moab don’t fall into the ‘easy’ category; in fact, it’s often quite the opposite. The “Slickrock” found around Moab made the original travelers of these trails – mainly horses – fight for traction. Thankfully, mountain bike tires do a better job of holding on than horses’ hooves. So, mountain bikers proceed with caution, and enjoy the unique Moab sensation of riding down the side of a concrete mountain.
Another aspect of biking in Moab is that it is pedal-heavy, meaning it’s wise to be in top pedaling condition before you hit the trail. Moab has miles and miles of trails to explore, and the vistas are unforgettable. So without further ado, here are some of the top Moab mountain bike trails.
Moab Brand Trails
Just north of town, the Moab Brand Trails branch out just west of Arches National Park. These trails are a perfect starting point, and also a great option for a family ride.
The different trails that make up this system include Bar M, Bar B, Rockin’ A, and Circle O. It’s a great set of trails to acclimate yourself to the Slickrock ledges, a combination of hard-packed sandy gardens, and rock gardens.
Klondike Bluffs Trails
To the north of the Brand Trails lie the Klondike Bluffs Trails. This interwoven series of trails challenge a wide range of skill sets. The Jurassic to Dino Flow trail system is short, but it’s representative of the type of technical ride the Klondike Bluffs Trails offer.
Other trails in this system include Little Salty, Baby Steps Loop, Alaska, and UFO.
Amasa Back Trails
If you follow the Colorado River out of town to the west, you will find the Amasa Back Trails. These trails don’t boast the same family-friendly vibe as the Klondike Bluffs trail system, but you’ll still encounter plenty of mountain bikers.
If you follow Hymasa, the main climbing track, you’ll top out on the mesa and find yourself surrounded by splendid views of the Colorado River and the La Sal mountains in the distance. If you don’t follow Hymasa back down, you may find yourself on Captain Ahab, one of the most technically tricky descending trails on this list.
Even though its descent characterizes it, Captain Ahab is also a pedal-heavy trail, meaning you’ll get quite the workout as you go down.
The Whole Enchilada
Also known as Porcupine Rim, this series descends from the La Sal mountains into Moab itself. Some of the trails making up the 33 miles of Porcupine Rim may not be open due to the snow, but the lower trails are usually open into late fall, and then reopen in early spring.
Considered by many an experienced rider as the best trails they’ve ever ridden, the descents on this trail system are long and fast, and challenge even an expert rider. The Whole Enchilada, as the name implies, is a handful for any rider, but it’s also too good to be missed.
If you’re in a group, stay in touch with one another with some of Midland’s high-powered two-way radios. Coordinate with one another to stay safe and set up a meeting place, no matter which trail you take.
The views, mesas, colors, and challenges of its trails make mountain biking in Moab, Utah a unique experience. So, grab your emergency kit checklist, pack a lunch, and set out on the trails with a partner or for a solo challenge. Browse our extensive online inventory of walkie talkies and emergency weather radios, to bring with you on your next Moab biking adventure.