Behind the Rocks to Pritchett Canyon

Moab, Utah

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This 27-mile point-to-point ride begins by tracing dirt double-track roads through an area webbed with old prospecting roads. Staying on the route often demands great attention to detail (although the trail does typically follow the most beaten path). Hard-packed sand, as well as soft wash sand—particularly annoying after extended dry weather—is encountered over the first 17 miles; then, from Yellow Hill on down through Pritchett Canyon, the trail turns into a rugged four-wheel-drive byway as it drops off ledge after ledge of Navajo sandstone. Loose cobbles help keep things interesting, too. It’s a long one, with enough aerobic and technical challenges to please any advanced fat-tire fanatic, yet manageable by intermediate to advanced-intermediate riders. The scenery encompasses open flats, views of the orange-hued fins of Behind the Rocks, a terrific overlook on Kane Creek Canyon and the marvelous, wild beauty of Pritchett Canyon, which serves as a portion of the boundary of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. General location: South of Moab, between US 191 and Kane Creek Road.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 27-mile point-to-point ride begins by tracing dirt double-track roads through an area webbed with old prospecting roads. Staying on the route often demands great attention to detail (although the trail does typically follow the most beaten path).

Hard-packed sand, as well as soft wash sand—particularly annoying after extended dry weather—is encountered over the first 17 miles; then, from Yellow Hill on down through Pritchett Canyon, the trail turns into a rugged four-wheel-drive byway as it drops off ledge after ledge of Navajo sandstone. Loose cobbles help keep things interesting, too. It’s a long one, with enough aerobic and technical challenges to please any advanced fat-tire fanatic, yet manageable by intermediate to advanced-intermediate riders. The scenery encompasses open flats, views of the orange-hued fins of Behind the Rocks, a terrific overlook on Kane Creek Canyon and the marvelous, wild beauty of Pritchett Canyon, which serves as a portion of the boundary of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. General location: South of Moab, between US 191 and Kane Creek Road.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 27
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: March through mid-May; September through November
Local Contacts: Moab Multi-Agency Information Center, 435-259-8825
Local Maps: Moab Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Behind the Rocks to Pritchett Canyon

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