The Mag 7 is a new mountain bike route that parallels Gemini Bridge road, where the trail begins. The trail consists of 4 sections, Bull Run, Arth's Corner, Little Cyn and Gold Bar. Everyone is talking about this route and it is all great. And now that I rode it, I have to agree. This will be come a classic and a must do if you are mountain biking the area.
There are several ways to access this trail. You can ride from the Gemini Bridge parking are on 191, shuttle cars if you are fortunate to have two, or pay a shuttle service, which is more expensive than a ride to Hazard County and Porcupine Rim. it $45 per person.
The first section is Bull Run. This is the longest section and I thought it was the best. Considered an intermediate ride, the only difficulties are some of the very tight turns. If your riding a 29er, be careful.
This section is beautiful for riding but the views are just as spectacular. However there are a few warnings I'll post in that area. One is an unmarked barbwire fence that crosses the trail and the other is a near-by boy scout shooting range.
The next section is Arth's Corner. This is much shorter than Bull Run and has a few more sharp turns. At the end of this section turn right on Gemini Bridges until you can pick up Little Cyn.
The next section is Little Cyn. Another nice section that crosses Bull Canyon Road and continue so be careful. If your car is parked at Gemini Bridges parking area it may be a good idea to bail out here. Turn left on Bull Canyon and then right onto Gemini Bridges and out. If you do all of Little Cyn, that road out to Gemini Bridges is deep sand and you can only walk your bike. Continuing on to complete Gold Bar leaves you no access to Gemini Bridges and you would be forced to take out Poison Spider, which is longer and just as sandy.
Once at the end of Little Cyn and you get back onto Gemini Bridges, I'm not going to sugar coat it, It is horribly hot sandy and steep to get out. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and somehow park it back at Little Cyn, you will be lovin' life!
Equipment: Definitely bring plenty of water. Once the Mag 7 is complete you have to take one of two nasty, sandy, long, exposed (to sun) roads out.
I love the circle O loop. If you have heard of the slick rock trail but are a bit overwelmed with the prospect of riding that, try the Circle O. The majority is over slick rock, following a rust color line painted on the rock. Considered technically difficult, it is a great introduction to slick rock mountain biking.
Some of the turns a tight. The trick is to know when to slow down for a tight turn and when to speed up for a climb. The ride is 3 miles long.
Equipment: Mountain bike, helmet, plenty of water and patience.
North 40 is part of the Bar M mountain bike area. It is a loop trail with an option the cut it short. Total trail is 4.2 miles. It is an intermediate rise with a few steep sections and some deep sandy sections that are just annoying.
Equipment: Mountain bike, helmet and plenty of water.
This trail is located in the Moab Brand trail system just north of Moab. This is a good warm up ride. Single track and not very technical. The trail is about 3 miles and it is the first trail on the right leaving the parking area. The trail is well marked with signs.
Equipment: Mountain bike, helmet and plenty of water. Remember sun glasses and sun block!
If you are an avid mountain bike rider you probably heard of the Porcupine Rim. This is an advanced level trail and you should only attempt if you have a lot of experiences with technical downhill riding.
When making the arrangements for a shuttle, be sure they take you to the start of the Kokopelli trail and not the access from Sand Flats. Kokopelli is more down hill. Sand Flats has a long up hill. No need for that.
The trail is well maintained with beautiful scenery the entire way. Highly recommend.
Equipment: This is a very long difficult trail with a lot of exposure to the sun and cliff edges. Be sure to bring plenty of water and some food. Also, if you are renting a bike from a store in Moab, be sure to check the repair kit. Some items could be old and you want to make sure you have more than a few patches.
I highly recommend you bring your own air pump that you ride with home. The one that comes with the repair kit is so small and cannot fill the tube properly.
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This is a fairly easy hike located a little over 20 miles east of Moab. Very few people venture this far out but it is a good hike to do in the morning to avoid the day time heat, especially if you are camping out in this area. There is a camp ground here but no running water.
The hike is just over two miles long and is an in and out hike.
More information is in the photos below.
Equipment: Hike in the early morning during the summer. Bring plenty of water. If you have a filter, Onion creek in one mile before and you can filter or just bring enough from Moab.
Within the Sand Flats Recreation Area, just northeast of Moab, the famous Slickrock Bike Trail will test your skills as well as your stamina. The actual trail is approximately 10 miles winding through the petrified sand dunes of the area, but many offshotts offer even more adventures.
The sandstone offers incredible grip...when dry. When wet, it's namesake kicks in, and you may find you're paddling to nowhere.
The trail intersects 4 wheel trails at many spots. We found many a biker would stop and watch our trucks tackle the obstacles, gaining their breath, and then moving on.
Equipment: I'm not a bicyclist myself, but I would assume to check your tyre pressure, and bring LOTS of water.
I may sound like a broken record, but Moab is the off-road mecca of North America. The amount of trails available and the varying levelsof difficulty makes it a desirable visit to test your trail rigs.
Most of the trailheads are withing 30 minutes of Moab, and cover a great variance of terrains. We rode everything from streambeds in valleys to shelf roads climbing the sheer cliffs surrounding Moab.
Every year, the Jeep Jamboree is held here, every other year, the National Land Rover Rally is held here. I already cannot wait to get back and try more trails.
Equipment: There are some trails that can be completed with capable stock four wheel drive vehicles. Other trails require heavy vehicle modifications. The best bet is to research the trails before you set out. The information about trails levels is available on the website I listed below.
We set out for trails rated 7-8 on a difficulty scale of 1 to 10. Our truck is rigged with lift, big tyres, lockers, and plenty of body armor (sliders, tank guards, etc). Always travel with a friends. Many trails take you to remote areas. Bring plenty of water.
This is a great company. They offer anything you can think of and give you great guides, good service and quality fun. We took a white water all day trip and a sunset hummer trip with them and had a lot of fun. They also have a shop where you can purchase some basic essentials like clothes and chums and fun things like hats.
Check out their website for all the info.
I was in Moab this March for the Canyonlands Half Marathon. If you love to hike, mountain bike, ATVing, and rafting surrounded in jaw dropping beauty, this is your place! Nothing fancy in the food or lodging here (typical motor lodge type of town), but you can't beat the adventure travel!
I did nothing but run 13.1 miles through a beautiful canyon on a cloudless day! Can't wait to go back and experience more, more, more!
Equipment: Sunscreen. Mountain bike. hiking shoes. Casual clothes and laid back attitude.
Driving a jeep or any 4-wheel drive on dirt roads is another popular "sport" in the Moab area. There are lots of roads that are only accessible by 4-wheel drive and it is a nice way to get away from the crowds which stay near the paved roads and parking lots. Many Moab shops offer jeep, hummer, etc rentals.
Moab is quite famous as a start for rafting down the Colorado river. Several companies in town offer tours. As I have not done it myself, all I can give you is websites. I wish though I had had time to paddle down the mighty Colorado as it passes through astonishing landscapes in this area, including Canyonlands National park.
River rafting companies listed on this page.
Equipment: A rubber duck?
Moab is the US mecca for mountain biking. The hard sandstone offers large surfaces, called slick rock, to go up and down on. Numerous bicycle trails exist around Moab and the town is packed with bicycle repair and rental shops (I counted at least 6!). The most famous bicycle trail is called, surprise surprise, "Slickrock" and it is pretty tough going and long (according to my husband, I have not done it myself). The paved roads around Moab offer also a lot of road cycling opportunities through beautiful canyons and on mesas (for example, Potash Road, Castle Valley Road, Lasal Mountain loop, roads of Arches and Canyonlands National parks...).
Equipment: Takes lots of water during the hot season!
By the way, you now have to pay $5 per day for "land use" in the Slickrock trail area.
Info on a few bicycle trails: