Moab Road Biking

Introduction

The secret is out…and skinny tires are in! Whether you ride for fun or like to push the pace for training, Moab has some of the best road bike riding in the West. Our paved roads generally have little traffic and the terrain varies from mild to wild, with flats, rolling hills and steep sections to really get your heart pumping. You won’t find a more scenic place to ride!

Our year-round weather is ideal. In summer, ride early in the day and enjoy the cool breeze you generate as you pedal along. In winter, our sunny days and low precipitation make for ideal riding conditions to stay in shape and get a jump on the competition. Spring and fall in Redrock Country are legendary for their mild temperatures and perfect conditions. However, our weather conditions can change at any time of year so check the local forecast, carry appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Biking Routes

  • Colorado River Ride – (a.k.a.) The Potash Road
  • La Sal Mountain Loop Road
  • Needles Overlook and Canyon Rims Recreation Area
  • Canyonlands National Park – Island in the Sky
  • Trail of the Ancients – The Road to Natural Bridges National Monument
  • The Blue Mountain Loop
  • La Sal Junction to the Dolores River

Information courtesy of Poison Spider Bicycles

Bike Safety

The Moab area offers challenging riding amidst world-class scenery. The characteristics of the area that make it a special place for riding also make it extremely important to follow basic safety procedures. The Moab Bike Patrol has this to say:

Wear a helmet

Most trails are very rocky. Even the best riders can get tired and make mistakes. Helmets can prevent or reduce the severity of head injuries.

Carry lots of water and high-energy food.

At least a gallon of water is recommended per person per day. There is no water on the trails and summer temperatures often climb above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Running out of water will put your health at risk. Eating at intervals provides an opportunity to rest and the energy needed to complete the ride.

Carry trail maps and know how to use them to track your position

Maps for Slickrock and Porcupine Rim trails are located at the trailheads and entrance station. Maps for 4WD roads are available at the entrance station. Detailed topographic maps are available in Moab at bike shops, bookstores and the Moab Information Center.

Stay found, save money.

Grand County has the highest incidence of search and rescue in Utah. The high cost of these operations is normally the responsibility of the rescued party. If you decide that you have lost the trail, do not continue on in hopes of finding your own way. Retrace your route back towards the trailhead until you pick up the trail, find someone who knows the area, or return to the trailhead. If you cannot retrace your route, stay put, conserve energy and water, make yourself visible and await rescue. It’s always a good idea to let a friend or relative know beforehand where you are going and when you should return. If something goes wrong you have the comfort of knowing that they will get help.

Check your bike frequently.

Riding in Moab trails loosens headsets and puts maximum stress upon frames and components. Frequent inspections reduce the possibility of injury. Be prepared in case of emergency.

Don’t venture into remote areas with nothing but a t-shirt and shorts.

Carry a windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, maps, matches or lighter, pump, patch kit, first-aid kit, a good bike tool kit and extra food, water and clothing.

Ride with someone else and stay together in case of problems.

Discuss your situation calmly and make a plan to improve it.

Vehicle Bike Rack Rentals

The following Moab companies rent vehicle bike racks:

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