Southeastern Utah is a mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts who view the wealth of backcountry roads and slickrock as an irresistible opportunity for scenic year-round exploration.
The BLM’s Moab Slickrock Bike Trail is well-known as one of the nation’s superior mountain bike trails, combining a challenging loop ride with incredible scenery. Motorcyclists originated this trail in 1969, but conquering the 10-mile roller-coaster route marked only by dashed of paint on raw rock has become a rite of passage for mountain bikers. A two-mile practice loop near the parking area introduces most of the terrain challenges found on the actual trail.
For a multi-day ride, the Kokopelli Trail connects Moab with Grand Junction, Colorado for a total of one hundred and forty adventurous miles.
For a cool, green departure from desert riding, try the Blue Mountain Loop in the Abajo Mountains, starting west of Monticello on a paved road and winding through pine and aspen forest.
Riders on the dirt and gravel road through Montezuma Canyon, accessed from US Hwy 191 south of Monticello, pedal past peach orchards, sandstone cliffs, and ancient pueblo ruins.
The Canyonlands Travel Region (435-259-8825 North), (435-587-3535 South) can provide more information on this area.