Colorado River Rim

Moab, Utah

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This 15-mile out-and-back (7.5 miles each way) following a four-wheel-drive road is navigationally straightforward and quite easy both aerobically and technically—although there is some sand, along with a couple of extended stretches of slickrock that offer moderate challenges and immoderate fun. The ride takes place almost entirely within Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District and serves up some of the district’s most stupendous vistas. You’ll see the namesake Needles, Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point, the La Sals rising above the cliffs of the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, the Abajo Mountains, the gooseneck of the Colorado River known as “The Loop,” and the deep notch carved by Salt Creek as it nears its merging with the Colorado. All in all, this is one of the best-views rides in southern Utah. On the way out, just past 2.5 miles, you’ll cross Salt Creek, where you can leave your bike and hike about 0.25 mile downstream to the Lower Jump, where the creek tumbles over rimrock in dramatic fashion. General location: 70 miles southwest of Moab.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 15-mile out-and-back (7.5 miles each way) following a four-wheel-drive road is navigationally straightforward and quite easy both aerobically and technically—although there is some sand, along with a couple of extended stretches of slickrock that offer moderate challenges and immoderate fun. The ride takes place almost entirely within Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District and serves up some of the district’s most stupendous vistas.

You’ll see the namesake Needles, Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point, the La Sals rising above the cliffs of the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, the Abajo Mountains, the gooseneck of the Colorado River known as “The Loop,” and the deep notch carved by Salt Creek as it nears its merging with the Colorado. All in all, this is one of the best-views rides in southern Utah. On the way out, just past 2.5 miles, you’ll cross Salt Creek, where you can leave your bike and hike about 0.25 mile downstream to the Lower Jump, where the creek tumbles over rimrock in dramatic fashion. General location: 70 miles southwest of Moab.

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

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: March through May; September through November
Local Contacts: Moab Multi-Agency Information Center, 435-259-8825
Local Maps: Canyonland Official Map and Guide, available at the Visitor Center
Driving Directions: Directions to Colorado River Rim

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