Colorado River Rim Professional Review and Guide
"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."