MOAB, UT Mountain Biking
|More than just mountain biking
||Too hot in the summer
|2 epic National Parks in close proximity
||Too many jeeps, depending on the time of year
|Endless trails to choose from
||3.2% beer (this is changing)
|Some of the most scenic mountain bike trails on the planet
||Can be crowded during peak season & spring break
Endless Mountain Biking in Moab
Moab is one of our favorite places to ride on the planet! Not only is Moab epic for mountain biking, but the outdoor adventures around this small Utah town are endless. With spectacular National Parks and State Parks like Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse nearby, plus the Colorado River flowing through it, there’s something to meet almost everyone’s outdoor desire.
BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS IN MOAB, UT
Advanced/Intermediate Mountain Bike Trails in Moab
- Whole Enchilada / Porcupine Rim
- Shuttle recommended
- The Whole Enchilada, or the shorter Porcupine Rim, are the most famous trails in Moab for a reason. They are incredible! But be ready for a full day in the saddle!
- Mag 7
- Shuttle recommended
- First 5 trails a blast, the last 2 are tough AF and super-advanced. You should not try the Portal trail unless you are a very advanced rider as there are high-risk drop-offs. Check with the local shop if you’re considering this trail first and they’ll probably talk you out of it.
Intermediate / Advanced Beginner Mountain Bike Trails in Moab
- Brand trails (Bar M)
- Beginner-friendly options, no shuttle required
- Some fun slickrock trails!
- Klonzo trail system
- Great cross-country and trail riding with slickrock
- Klondike Bluffs
- Ride by some dinosaur tracks!
- Some technical riding options, and some slickrock trails
- Navajo Rocks
- Our favorite cross-country trail in Moab. If you’re a cross country rider that wants to get a workout and enjoy the slick rock riding of Moab, Navajo loop is for you.
- Great all-around experience of Moab: views, slickrock, varied terrains – it has it all!
Beginner Mountain Bike Trails in Moab
- Dead Horse State Park
- Best for beginners or for family rides and provides gorgeous views of Dead Horse State Park and Canyonlands National Park.
WHERE TO RENT BIKES IN MOAB
- There are many shops in Moab Utah offering a great lineup of full suspension mountain bike rentals. Mountain bike rentals range from $50 to $110 per day.
- Our favorite shops are:
- Bighorn Mountain Biking – with locations both right at the trail at Dead Horse State Park and in town, the convenience of Bighorn can’t be beat! They carry great bikes from Marin – both hardtail and full suspension.
- Rim Cyclery is the oldest bike shop in town, and rents some sick Scott branded bikes for Moab’s trails.
- Double Down Bike Shop carries the renowned Revel Rail and Rascal along with Kona branded bikes and has 5-star reviews for their amazing service.
OTHER RAD THINGS TO DO IN MOAB
Moab is a stunningly scenic outdoor mecca, with almost every outdoor activity you can think of from hiking to paddling to climbing and canyoneering. Here are some of our favorites:
- The mountain biking trails in Moab are world-renowned
- Moab has 2 National Parks: Arches and Canyonlands – both have spectacular hiking and backpacking trails
- Moab is one of the few places on earth that you can go canyoneering in slot canyons
- Rock climbing in Moab allows you to scale the red rock buttes and cliffs
- Paddling the red rock canyon-lined Colorado River is a bucket list adventure
- Canyoneering, pack rafting and rock climbing trips
BEST TIME TO VISIT MOAB
- Spring and Fall in Moab
- September and October are the best months to visit if you want to ride the Whole Enchilada. It guarantees that the trail will be open and it won’t be too hot during the day.
- March, April and early May are great riding months but you may not be able to ride the Whole Enchilada as it may be covered in snow at the top.
- June – August are really hot months and riding hours will be limited, most of the riding will have to be early morning and/or late evening.
- Summer in Moab
- It’s still possible to visit Moab in summer, but due to high temperatures there are some precautions to take (especially for mountain biking)
- Read more at our Visiting Moab in Summer blog post!
How many days should you spend on a Moab mountain biking trip?
There are hundreds of bike trails in Moab, so you could spend months here and still not hit every trail. Besides, you would find your favorites and want to do them again and again (and maybe try to beat your Strava record). So we say, the more the better! But at a minimum, 3 days means you can hit up a couple different systems and get a good feel for Moab mountain biking.
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When do mountain bike trails close in Moab?
The Whole Enchilada is the main Moab trail that closes, typically around the first snowfall in fall - October-ish. Check with the local bike shops to find out how high up the shuttles are going - even if snow has fallen, you can still typically ride Porcupine Rim further down below. Still a pretty rad ride.