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Slickrock Bike Trail

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Basics
Location:
A few miles east of downtown Moab
Length:
15 mile loop
Difficulty:
Advanced
Time To Allow:
2 - 4 hours
Elevation Change:
900 feet
Season:
Rideable year round

Description

The Slickrock Bike Trail is a fantastic 9-1/2 mile loop over slickrock that is both technically demanding and strenuous. The route is wonderfully situated between the Colorado River and Moab Valley with terrific views of the La Sal Mountains and views of some large arches in Arches National Park across the river.

The trail follows hilly, and often terrifically steep, slickrock and is marked with painted white dashes. Novices should try the 2.2 mile practice loop before tackling the main trail.

Details

Location:
A few miles east of downtown Moab
Length:
15 mile loop
5 mile out and back, 7.3 mile loop at the far reaches, & 3.1 mile practice loop.
Difficulty:
Advanced
Time To Allow:
2 - 4 hours
Elevation Change:
900
Season:
Rideable year round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Moab
Additional Details:
The 12.6 mile loop of the Slickrock Trail twists and rolls through Navajo sandstone to a breathtaking view over the Colorado River. The Slickrock Trail is rated high technical difficulty and high aerobic requirement. Spring and fall are best for biking southern Utah.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
The Slickrock Trail begins on the Sand Flats Road, reached by turning left off Moab's main drag onto 300 South, then right when the road ends, then second left. From the entry gate (where you pay your fee), drive about 0.6 mile. You'll see a large parking lot on the left, with bathrooms (but no water.)

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