White Rim Trail

Moab, Utah

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The White Rim Trail is the granddaddy of multi-day mountain bike tours in the Colorado Plateau, for in few other places is the sense of open space as lucid and overwhelming. Scenic beauty is everywhere along the White Rim and is largely the product of erosion by water. To fully appreciate the White Rim Trail means embarking on a three-to four-day trip with stays in designated camping areas along the way. Some elite bikers are quick to boast of knocking off the White Rim in a single day, but they are missing the point. A White Rim trip is more than pounding out an off-road century; you can do that anywhere. You’ll want the extra time to bond with the desert, to feel its pulse, and revere its wonderment. Tread: 10.2 miles of pavement; 12.9 miles of light-duty dirt road; and 77.4 miles of four-wheel-drive roads. Some sections may be harder and slower for a support vehicle than for a bike.
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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The White Rim Trail is the granddaddy of multi-day mountain bike tours in the Colorado Plateau, for in few other places is the sense of open space as lucid and overwhelming. Scenic beauty is everywhere along the White Rim and is largely the product of erosion by water.

To fully appreciate the White Rim Trail means embarking on a three-to four-day trip with stays in designated camping areas along the way. Some elite bikers are quick to boast of knocking off the White Rim in a single day, but they are missing the point. A White Rim trip is more than pounding out an off-road century; you can do that anywhere. You’ll want the extra time to bond with the desert, to feel its pulse, and revere its wonderment. Tread: 10.2 miles of pavement; 12.9 miles of light-duty dirt road; and 77.4 miles of four-wheel-drive roads. Some sections may be harder and slower for a support vehicle than for a bike.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 100.5
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Spring (late March through May) and Fall (September through October)
Trailhead Elevation: 5,750 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office, 435-259-2100
Local Maps: USGS: Bowknot Bend, Horsethief Canyon, Mineral Canyon, Monument Basin, Musselman Arch, The Knoll, Turks Head, and Upheaval Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to White Rim Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/6/2006
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The White Rim Trail is a beautiful ride which is best enjoyed over the course of several days. As the name suggest, most of the ride skirts awesome canyons which has easy to moderate technical sections for mountain bikes and requires 4x4s to have good ground clearance to make it all the way. At 100 miles long, most people utilize the remote campsites and have support vehicles to make the trip quite enjoyable. The campsite do require reservations and I would recommend to break the trip up into three or four days. Big Tip: Bring LOTS of Water! Much more than you think you will need. The loop is virtually inaccesible and very remote. We rode the trip straight through which I would not recommend unless you were in really good condition. It took about 16 1/2 hours and 300 oz. of water per person would be a minimum for 75-80 degree days.



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