Moab, Utah's Slickrock Bike Trail
Located just a few miles outside of Moab town, Slickrock Trail, in the Sand Flats
Recreation Area (fee), is truly a unique biking experience. This 9 mile loop trail is
considered among the most technical of the popular local trails. About 99% of the ride is on
coral colored sandstone...the rest is on sand. The trail is best done early in the day or in the
spring/fall seasons. What makes this trail "technical" is the steepness of the ascents and
drop offs. Plus there is the ever present danger of going off the edge. I did the trail on my
8 speed dh bike. The ascents were hard, had to walk some of them, but I alway had a good grip
and surprisingly had no crashes or near crashes, an almost daily event on my Maui rides.
There is a 2 mile practice loop before the main trail. For some, the practice trail was
enough to decide to bail out of the main ride.
If you rides this trail in summer, its best to get an early start as temperatures can rise to over 100F by noon.
Follow the dotted line.
A truly unique landscape.
Danger is all around so don't stray far from the dotted line.
Heading back to the parking lot staging area.
You could take a 600' dive into the Colorado River if the trail weren't marked for
On this day the temperature was over 100 by noon so play your ride carefully.