Best Moab Mountain Bike Trails (Intermediate)
NAVAJO ROCKS LOOP
The Navajo Rocks loop trail system is an easy 25-minute (20 mile) drive from Moab – you head north on highway 191 and turn West on highway 313. The popular loop combines 5 incredible trails for 17.4 miles of flowy singletrack with lots of short climbs and descents but nothing too intense. As you ride, you will hug a huge mesa on Big Mesa trail, ride slickrock domes on Ramblin, hit some rock gardens on Rocky Tops, shred the downhill on Coney Island and pedal exposed slickrock on the Big Lonely.
The loop is a figure 8 shape, making it easy to cut it short and ride only half if you are crunched on time or energy. The entire 17 miles are one of our favorite intermediate trails in Moab, since it includes lots of flowy singletrack with some technical sections dispersed throughout, which are easily walkable for beginners and a nice challenge for intermediate riders. The scenery can’t be beat – you will be surrounded by the famous Moab red rock for much of the ride. Don’t forget to bring tons of water, you will need more than you think!
KLONDIKE BLUFFS: DINO FLOW & ALASKA TRAIL
The Klondike Bluffs trailhead north of town on highway 191 has something for everyone – from beginner to expert. Our favorite intermediate trails at this trail system are Dino Flow and Alaska trails. We spent a week camped at the BLM nearby and were able to ride every trail, and they are all pretty fantastic, but these two specifically shouldn’t be missed.
Dino Flow provides a great warmup with no long climbs or descents – just a fast, flowy 5.4-mile singletrack that snakes between boulders with several slickrock sections. It is a ton of fun in either direction. We rode the Alaska trail uphill, which was a fun little workout, but may be even more fun downhill for those looking for speed. There are some flowy sections with big boulders thrown in to remind you that you are in Moab, but the scenery was some of the best we’ve encountered anywhere. When you get to the top of Alaska, you ride along a ridge with incredible views for miles across the remote northern side of Arches National Park that many don’t see. To finish the loop, take Mega Steps (intermediate/advanced) or Baby Steps (beginner/intermediate) back down.
AMASA BACK: HYMASA TRAIL
The Amasa Back trails are some of the closest trails to town (rideable by bike) and what HyMasa trail lacks in distance (1.8 miles one way), it makes up for in views. Intermediate riders can ride Lower HyMasa, part of Cliff Hanger (advanced trail but easily walkable if needed), and then HyMasa for a 2.5 mile ride, and then turn around and ride it back for a whole new view. More advanced riders can make it a loop by connecting HyMasa to Captain Ahab – a rocky, technical trail that will challenge most riders. The views of the surrounding Kane Creek area are spectacular – high red rock walls and buttes with the La Sal Mountains peeking out from behind.
MOAB BRAND TRAILS: NORTH 40 & CIRCLE O
Moab Brand trails is a relatively newer trail system in Moab, and is one of the closest to town, just 11 miles north on highway 191. Also called Bar M trails, the system features about 40 miles of singletrack for all levels of riders. Most trails are flowy with little climbing but lots of fantastic slickrock riding.
There are mostly beginner and intermediate trails here, with one 3-mile advanced trail, Deadmans (a fun trail with several rocky sections that can be easily walked if needed). North 40 is a great intermediate loop that takes you through quintessential Moab terrain – some rocky areas and short punchy hills with just enough technical sections to get you warmed up. It’s a blast ridden either way. Circle O trail brings you to quite different terrain – out onto the slickrock where you follow the painted line on the rock while taking in views of Arches National Park in the distance.
PORCUPINE RIM (OR THE WHOLE ENCHILADA)
We would be remiss if we didn’t include Porcupine Rim in our list, although it is more of a challenge than the other rides on the list. Porcupine Rim trail is the last section of the Whole Enchilada – an epic, 34-mile ride that starts high up in the La Sal Mountains at 11K feet, and descends almost 8K feet to the Colorado River. The entire Whole Enchilada trail is best to ride late in summer or early fall when most of the snow at the top has melted, whereas the 14-mile Porcupine Rim trail can be ridden most of the year. Most people shuttle to the top, and there are several shuttle companies in town to choose from.
This must-ride trail in Moab is mostly downhill and can typically be ridden in an hour or two, but taking in the stunning views of the Castle Valley can extend the ride. Parts of the trail are doubletrack, and parts are fast, rockin’ downhill with technical rock gardens along the way. This backcountry ride starts in the pinon pines and descends down many broken slickrock sections (we recommend renting a full suspension bike for this ride!) to several overlooks that allow 360 degree views across the sandstone landscape. From there the trail turns to tight, twisty singletrack with techy rock sections scattered throughout and glimpses of the Colorado River far below. You finish the ride at the river near Grandstaff Trailhead, and can take the paved path back into town.
GETTING TO MOAB
The closest major airport to Moab is Salt Lake City, which is 236 miles, or about a 4 hour drive. Grand Junction, Colorado also has a regional airport, and is about 1 hour 45 minutes from Moab. Other major cities in the vicinity include Las Vegas (6.5 hours) and Denver (5.5 hours).
MOAB MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTALS, TOURS & LESSONS
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Best Moab Bike Rental Shops
We spent 6.3 hours researching mountain bike rental prices, locations, and more. (Updated for Spring and Summer 2021)
Bighorn Mountain Biking offers the most convenient way to rent mountain bikes in Moab, especially for beginners and intermediate riders. They have locations at the Bar M (Moab Brand Trailhead) and the Dead Horse State Park. This helps you eliminate the need for transporting your bike, driving to the trails, and then driving it all the way back to town.
They offer Marin brand bikes in hardtail, full-suspension and kids mountain bikes. If you’re just getting started in Moab and don’t want the hassle of transporting your bikes, this is the shop to go to.
- 5.0 ⭐️ (155 reviews)
- Mountain bike rentals: From Marin branded bikes in standard and performance level. They offer an entry-level hardtail bike that is only $50/day to rent
- Kids bikes
- E-MTB: None
Double Down is an owner-operated shop that is centrally located in Moab with ample parking. They rent Revel, Niner and Kona branded bikes and focus mostly on mountain bikes, although they do rent cruisers as well. Their line up of the Revel bikes like the Rascal and the Rail would be the ones to try.
- 4.9 ⭐️ (165 reviews)
- E-MTB: Kona Process Remote
- Mountain Bikes: Revel, Niner, and Kona branded bikes.
- Cruisers and E-bike cruisers: From Kona in the regular and E-bike versions of the Dew.
- Other items rented: They rent hitch mounted bike racks from Thule, Kuat, and have the Northshore style hitch rack that holds 6 bikes.
Rim Cyclery is the oldest bike shop in Moab, and one of the oldest mountain biking shops in the country! They have a full line up of Scott bicycles from the road, mountain, kids bikes, and e-bike cruisers. We recommend Rim Cyclery as the shop for road bike rentals, the owner Sarah is a road biker and can help you find the best routes in Moab.
- 4.6 ⭐️ (95 reviews)
- Mountain bike rentals: From Scott branded bikes in standard, performance, and premium. They also offer an entry-level hardtail bike that is only $50/day to rent
- Road bike rental: Scott Speedster road bike rentals for the paved riding
- Kids bikes, trail behinds, and trailers: Rim offers a large selection of kids bike rentals out of most of the shops in Moab. Not just the bikes, but also trail-a-bike and bike trailers.
- E-MTB: None
Moab Cyclery is located in the middle of town, and offer their own a bike shuttle and tours.
- 4.3 ⭐️ (234 reviews)
- Mountain bike rentals: Santa Cruz and Specialized brands
- E-MTB: Specialized Turbo Levo 29er and Santa Cruz Heckler
- Kids: They offer one model of kids bike, Specialized Rip Rock
- Road bikes: N/A
Chile Pepper Bike Shop
The Chile Pepper Bike Shop has an epic line up of brands like Evil, Esker, Liv, Giant, Norco, Intense, Devinci, Salsa, BMC, and Transition.
- 4.8 ⭐️ (599 reviews)
- Mountain bike rentals: Full suspension mountain bikes only in a very large selection of brands and models. Try the latest Esker Elkat or the Evil Offering on some of the toughest trails in the world.
- E-MTB Rentals: are available in two brands and models from Giant Reign E2 and Norco Sight 29 Volt C3
- Road bike rentals: available in a Giant Defy or Liv Avail advanced
- Hybrid bike rentals: If you want to ride around town or hit the bike path, these are the perfect choice
- Kids bike rentals: Chile Pepper offers hardtail and full-suspension kids bike rental options from Norco, Transition, and Giant.
Poison Spider is one of the busiest bike shops in town. A great lineup of bikes and brands and the staff is helpful but parking may be an issue.
- 4.5 ⭐️ (452 reviews)
- Mountain bike rentals: Standard to high-end bikes from Trek, Yeti, Ibis, and Rocky Mountain.
- E-MTB: Trek Powerfly
- Kids: 20″, 24″ and 26″ hardtail and full-suspension bikes
- Road bikes: N/A
- Cruisers: N/A
Bike Fiend Moab
- 4.8 ⭐️ (134 reviews)
- Mountain bike rentals: Cannondale and Blaze cycles hardtail and full-suspension options
- E-MTB: The Cannondale Moterra NEO 2
- Cruisers: Available to rent for bike path riding
- Road bikes: N/A
- Kids: N/A
- Offer bike packing bikes and gear for rent!
Moab Bike Rental Discounts
Most shops offer multi-day discounts. So you’re better off renting from 1 shop for multiple days.