Sego Canyon

Thompson Springs, Utah

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Like the Crystal Geyser outing, this 16-mile out-and-back offers a nifty opportunity to warm up to the hot and challenging rides around Moab. Technically easy (surfaces are either paved or hard-packed dirt/gravel) and—thanks to a steady uphill—aerobically moderate, the ride passes through Thompson Canyon before entering Sego Canyon. Both canyons are deep gashes in the rugged and largely inaccessible Book Cliffs and Roan Cliffs. Beginning amid stark slopes and scrub-brush flats, things turn attractive in the protected and ever-higher confines of the canyons, where bluffs of pale sandstone prevail. The slopes near Sego ghost town are covered in sage, and trees thrive in the bottoms. Juniper-piñon forest predominates at the higher elevations.General location: North of I-70 in Thompson Springs, 6 miles east of the Moab exit.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Like the Crystal Geyser outing, this 16-mile out-and-back offers a nifty opportunity to warm up to the hot and challenging rides around Moab. Technically easy (surfaces are either paved or hard-packed dirt/gravel) and—thanks to a steady uphill—aerobically moderate, the ride passes through Thompson Canyon before entering Sego Canyon. Both canyons are deep gashes in the rugged and largely inaccessible Book Cliffs and Roan Cliffs.

Beginning amid stark slopes and scrub-brush flats, things turn attractive in the protected and ever-higher confines of the canyons, where bluffs of pale sandstone prevail. The slopes near Sego ghost town are covered in sage, and trees thrive in the bottoms. Juniper-piñon forest predominates at the higher elevations.General location: North of I-70 in Thompson Springs, 6 miles east of the Moab exit.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Thompson Springs
Distance: 16
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March through November
Local Contacts: Moab Multi-Agency Information Center, 435-259-8825
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 40
Driving Directions: Directions to Sego Canyon

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