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Moab's Slickrock Trail

By David Nelson - August 2nd, 2000

The Slickrock Trail is a route over a massive chunk of eroded Navajo sandstone high above Moab, Utah, and the Colorado River. The trail traverses smooth ridges along sheer faces, while alternately diving into potholes, cracks and crevices. Mastering this mountain bike amusement park is about balance, not brute strength.

The trail is enjoyable for cyclists of varied abilities. The riding gets technical in places, requiring adept handling skills. However, the more difficult of these sections are short, allowing less experienced riders to jump off and push.

The trail was originally designed for motorcycles, but now serves primarily human-powered cycles, and is marked with a dashed white line painted on the hard rock surface. Every twisting turn reveals sensational views of the canyon lands. Make numerous stops to rest and enjoy the scenery.

Trip Planner

Route location: In Moab, Utah, near Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

Surface: Smooth to coarse rock with several very brief sections of sand.

Distance: 10.5 miles.

Ride time: Allow 4-5 hours to complete the loop.

Difficulty: Moderate -- but there are many tricky technical sections.

To reach the Slickrock Trail: From Colorado, travel west on I-70 into Utah and south on U.S. 191 to Moab. Turn left on South Street, right on East Street, left on Mill Creek Drive and left again on Sand Flats Road. Continue a short distance to the trailhead parking lot on the left.


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