Dancing with Cottonwood Creek

Moab, Utah

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This 22-mile spur-and-loop combination encompasses a wide array of terrain types and riding surfaces, including steep pitches of loose rock, sand, wet and rocky creek bottom, graded gravel, double-track of packed sediments and embedded cobbles, faint dirt double-track, and cattle trail. It is aerobically and technically moderate in difficulty; the biggest challenge is staying on the route. Listen for the melodic call of western meadowlarks early on, as you ascend and then traverse a gorgeous, piñon pine–studded bench at the base of a high rimrock ridge; watch for cactus thorns as you follow the cow path in the 7.5-mile range. About 18 miles into the ride, Stevens Canyon Road becomes indisinguishable from the North Cottonwood Creek wash (this may have been a temporary situation, however, and fixed by the time you get there). General location: 60 miles southwest of Moab.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 22-mile spur-and-loop combination encompasses a wide array of terrain types and riding surfaces, including steep pitches of loose rock, sand, wet and rocky creek bottom, graded gravel, double-track of packed sediments and embedded cobbles, faint dirt double-track, and cattle trail. It is aerobically and technically moderate in difficulty; the biggest challenge is staying on the route.

Listen for the melodic call of western meadowlarks early on, as you ascend and then traverse a gorgeous, piñon pine–studded bench at the base of a high rimrock ridge; watch for cactus thorns as you follow the cow path in the 7.5-mile range. About 18 miles into the ride, Stevens Canyon Road becomes indisinguishable from the North Cottonwood Creek wash (this may have been a temporary situation, however, and fixed by the time you get there). General location: 60 miles southwest of Moab.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 22
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: April through May; September through October
Local Contacts: Moab Multi-Agency Information Center, 435-259-8825
Local Maps: Canyon Country Off-Road Vehicle Map; Canyon Rims Recreation Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Dancing with Cottonwood Creek

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