Courthouse Wash

Moab, Utah

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The Courthouse Wash tour loops through Arches National Park, which harbors all the redrock wonderment captured in postcards, movies, and especially one popular Saturday morning cartoon. As you make your way north, you’ll be entertained by the Arches’ distant features backdropped by the ever-present La Sal Mountains. Mid-route, you’ll follow the Willow Springs Road into the park and arrive at one of nature’s most curious sights: Balanced Rock. The remaining 9 miles follows the park’s scenic drive past features that no doubt inspired The Roadrunner cartoon and ends with a wind-howling-through-the-helmet descent to the visitor center. Granted, there is a good chunk of pavement on this loop, but viewing Arches National Park from the seat of a bicycle creates an intimacy with nature that cannot be duplicated from behind a bug-splattered windshield. Tread: 16 miles of pebbly and sandy doubletrack, 10 miles of pavement.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The Courthouse Wash tour loops through Arches National Park, which harbors all the redrock wonderment captured in postcards, movies, and especially one popular Saturday morning cartoon. As you make your way north, you’ll be entertained by the Arches’ distant features backdropped by the ever-present La Sal Mountains. Mid-route, you’ll follow the Willow Springs Road into the park and arrive at one of nature’s most curious sights: Balanced Rock.

The remaining 9 miles follows the park’s scenic drive past features that no doubt inspired The Roadrunner cartoon and ends with a wind-howling-through-the-helmet descent to the visitor center. Granted, there is a good chunk of pavement on this loop, but viewing Arches National Park from the seat of a bicycle creates an intimacy with nature that cannot be duplicated from behind a bug-splattered windshield. Tread: 16 miles of pebbly and sandy doubletrack, 10 miles of pavement.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 26
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Spring (March into May) and Fall (September into mid-November)
Trailhead Elevation: 4,100 feet
Top Elevation: 5,040 feet
Local Contacts: Arches National Park, 435-259-8161
Local Maps: USGS; Gold Bar Canyon, Merrimac Butte, Moab, and The Windows Section
Driving Directions: Directions to Courthouse Wash

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