Moab Mountain Bike Trail Guide

Moab has hundreds of miles of singletrack mountain bike trails that are among the best in the United States. There are seemingly endless options in this mountain bike paradise, with trails crisscrossing the alien looking red rock landscapes. Moab’s trails are as beautiful as the views, with unique technical rides and big views through the southern Utah canyons. Among these trails are some of the most notorious mountain bike trails on planet, like the Slickrock trail and The Whole Enchilada.

Moab’s huge rock slabs, and stunning canyon rim trails make the area a bucket list destination for mountain bikers. Riders of all abilities will find great trails ranging from huge 100+ miles epics to short and sweet rides just outside of town.

Moab’s natural beauty combined with great recreational access has definitely made the Utah town popular and crowded at times, visiting in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) is a great way to experience these mountain bike trails with fewer people and lower temperatures. Even though these trails are popular, all mountain bikers should plan a trip to visit these world-class trails.  
   

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Klondike Bluffs
Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced | 26 Trails | 57 Miles  | 904' Vertical

The Klondike Bluffs trails are located to the north of Moab and just outside of Arches National Park. There are over 50 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails here. In general, the Klondike Bluffs mountain bike trails lean more towards the flowy side of things than the technical side, with singletrack and slickrock terrain. This is the closest riding area to I-70, making Klondike Bluffs a nice stop on the way in or out of town. Some of the favorite trails here are Alaska and Baby Steps.  
 
 
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Trailhead Directions:
Klondike Bluffs Trailhead

The Whole Enchilada
Advanced | 7 Miles | 416' Climb | 8,839' Descent

It is no hyperbole to say that The Whole Enchilada is one of the best mountain bike trails in the world. Over the 30 mile ride, mountain bikers will encounter numerous different biomes each with their unique kinds of trail, all of which are way too much fun. Beginning from the La Sal Mountains, The Whole Enchilada mountain bike trail works its way from above treeline in the mountains to the desert cliffs high above the Colorado River. Not only does this scenery make for stunning backdrops, it gives a great variety of riding.

Starting on Geyser Pass, The Whole Enchilada progressively descends nearly 8,000’ through evergreen forests, aspen groves, then desert singletrack. The beginning is definitely a technical challenge, and the complete trail is best suited for mountain bikers that are comfortable with long days on difficult terrain. The ride usually takes riders between three and six hours to complete. There are several companies and bike shops that offer shuttle services to the top of the trail. This is a great option for groups and riders looking for simple logistics.  
 
 
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Moab Brand Trails
Beginner & Intermediate| 15 Trails | 40 Miles | 600' Vertical

The Moab Brand Trails are some of the most fun mountain bike trails in the area, and have a great variety of rider for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. The trails are located along the Moab Canyon Pathway, a bike path that runs back to town. This makes the trails a nice shuttle, and gives families and beginners a good bailout option if things get too gnarly and riders get tired. The Bar M doubletrack connects the various trails in the system together. The Rocking A and Circle O are fun singletrack slickrock trails that are perfect for intermediate mountain bikers. The Moab Brand Trails are the most family and beginner friendly trails in Moab.

Trailhead Directions:
Moab Brand Trails

Magnificent 7 Trails AKA Mag 7
Intermediate - Expert | 10 Trails | 37 Miles | 3,900' Vertical

Just west of town lies some of Moab’s best and most well known mountain bike trails, the Magnificent 7, or Mag 7 trails. While there are many trails in this system, the most popular ride is a 22 mile shuttle route that descends over 3,900’ of vertical on the seven trails that give the area its name. In order, the Mag 7 shuttle route descends Bull Run, Arth’s Corner, Little Canyon, Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, Poison Spider, and Portal. Bull Run starts things off mellow, weaving through slickrock and smooth flowy singletrack. The ride gets more technical as it continues, with more rocks embedded in the trail. These sections are not particularly gnarly, but definitely require some skill and speed to conquer. The later parts of the ride have high consequence exposure and some challenging rocky sections. Portal is hike-a-bike for many due to the high cliff just feet (or sometimes less!) just off the trail, the views are amazing and worth the walking, however.
 

Mag 7

 

Portal Trail

 

Trailhead Directions:
Mag 7 Trails

Slickrock
Intermediate/Advanced | 10 Miles | 820' Climb/Descent

The Slickrock trail in Moab is perhaps the most famous mountain bike trail in the world. Mountain bikers have been riding this 10 mile lollipop for decades, enjoying the awesome rolling sandstone landscape. Nearly all of the trail is on huge swaths of sandstone that offer almost-unreal traction for mountain bike tires, you won’t believe what you can ride up and down here without slipping. The Slickrock mountain bike trail constantly rolls up and down through short and steep ups and downs. The difficulty rating for the trail comes from this punchy rolling terrain. The scenery along the way is stellar, too. Slickrock is open to motorized access, and can be one of the more crowded trails in the area. While both directions are fun, the preferred direction is clockwise.

Trailhead Directions:
Slickrock Trailhead

Navajo Rocks Trail System
Intermediate/Advanced | 19 Miles Total | 1,440' Vertical

The Navajo Rocks mountain bike trail system has a fun 19 miles of trail in classic Moab style, with lots of slickrock and big canyon views. These trails are a great next step for riders that have mastered the easier Moab Brand trails, but might not be ready for advanced rides like the Mag 7 or Whole Enchilada. There are two main loops in the system that can be ridden individually, or together as one large loop. Both of the loops can be ridden in either direction, though clockwise on the lower loop and counter clockwise on the upper loop may be preferred. The larger loop totals about 17 miles. Ramblin’ is one of the most fun mountain bike trails at Navajo rocks, with a great descent.

Trailhead Directions:
Navajo Rocks Trailhead

Amasa Back
Advanced | 8 Miles | 1,050' Climb/Descent

The Amasa Back area has a nice selection of trails with the possibility for some great shorter loops, but also plenty of trails to link up for longer rides. Centrally located in the trail system is Captain Ahab, which is a must-ride Moab mountain bike trail for advanced and expert riders. The 8 mile loop climbing Hymasa and descending Captain Ahab is one of the best shorter rides in Moab. The shorter distance combined with its proximity to town, makes the loop perfect to hit in the evening, or on the way in or out of town. Hymasa is somewhat technical, but short overall as it climbs up singletrack to access the super fun descent. Captain Ahab has a great mix of singletack, drops, and other techy bits. The rocky technical features definitely earn the advanced and expert rating.  
 
 

Trailhead Directions:
Amasa Back Trailhead
 
 
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Typical Weather & Riding Conditions

Moab and the surrounding deserts are a harsh landscape that can be tough on bikes and riders alike. In the summer, temperatures can soar into the triple digits under hot direct sunshine. Plan ahead and bring a lot of water on every ride, a hydration pack is a good idea, even if you don't normally ride with one. The rough technical sections and sandy trail can cause any number of mechanical issues, so make sure to have a repair kit handy as well. Starting rides early in the morning is a necessity in the warmer months in order to beat the heat. The shoulder seasons, spring and fall, have a bit more unpredictability as far as weather goes, but temperatures are more moderate. For mountain bikers that are camping in the Moab area, don’t be fooled by the hit days, temperatures drop low at night. The Moab desert is an amazing place to explore some of the best mountain bike trails in the world, being properly prepared is the first step to having an awesome time.
 

Moab Bike Shuttle Companies

There are several companies that help riders access Moab’s great mountain bike trails. These companies will drop you and your bike off at the top of a ride, simplifying your day.Using a shuttle service is a great way to simplify the logistics of rides like The Whole Enchilada and the Magnificent 7.
 
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Porcupine Shuttle
Coyote Shuttle
 

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