From beginners looking for a scenic ride through canyons and mesas to bucket-list trails for mountain bikers looking for a challenging ride, Moab offers a wide variety of trails for any experience level. Under Canvas Moab is surrounded by hundreds of miles of some of the best singletrack on earth. Your upscale, safari-inspired accommodations just outside Arches National Park and Moab, Utah offer beautiful views of sun-burnt orange rock formations and snow-capped peaks nearby fun riding for all skill levels. With over 150-miles of trails to choose from, the options can seem endless. Our curated list of the best Moab mountain biking trails will help you choose which trails to take a spin on.
Known as one of the most scenic mountain bike trails in the world, Porcupine Rim makes up part of the famous Whole Enchilada Trail ride. Take a shuttle to the top and you have an 11-mile downhill mountain biking adventure awaiting. This difficult trail can be cycled in an hour non-stop, but you may want to take your time and stop along the way for photos of the world-famous views of Castle Valley and the Colorado River. If you’re riding the “Whole Enchilada”, make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for this serious ride.
Lazy / EZ Loop
Moab is famous for slickrock riding. This easy, 3.7-mile round-trip loop is the perfect, beginner-friendly introduction. The winding turns of the Lazy Loop Trail are the ideal place to practice navigating the desert terrain before continuing to the sweeping singletrack on the EZ Trail. There are several viewpoints along the way, overlooking the red bluffs and mesas of Arches National Park. Once you’ve mastered this loop, you can add on extra loops in the Brand/Bar M trail system to extend your ride by 5, 10, or 15-miles.
With climbs and descents on huge sandstone slabs, here you’ll find the most fun you can have on two wheels. There’s a reason why Slickrock is one of the most well-known trails in Moab and on many peoples’ list of favorite mountain biking trails. You can choose-your-own adventure riding up, down, and across natural ledges, humps, and ridges. This intermediate 10.7-mile lollipop loop sits at the end of an out-and-back trail. Beginners or families can practice on the shorter Practice Loop before committing to the full 10-mile loop.
Dead Horse Point
A scenic ride along this 14.4-mile round-trip loop offers some of the best mountain biking in Moab for beginners. Dead Horse Point State Park offers views of the mighty Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The trails that run along the top of the plateau are ideal for families and those who are new to mountain biking, as there are many flat trails and loop options. Enjoy your grab-n-go camps snacks on the southeastern side of the park to re-energize with a view.
Navajo Rocks Trail
Starting on the rolling singletrack of Rocky Tops, this intermediate 17.4-mile loop offers steady climbing and rolling descents, with enough techy terrain to keep experienced riders entertained. As you ascend the Big Mesa Trail, you’ll see expansive views on its western side with sheer red walls of a 700-foot canyon. Take a breather and soak in the panoramic views above 7 Mile Point before descending into the canyon to return to the trailhead.
Make sure to gear up with breathable bike clothes and plenty of water to fuel your biking adventures. At the end of a fun-filled day, enjoy a restful night’s sleep under the desert stars in your canvas tent with a king bed, plush linens, and wood-burning stove at Under Canvas Moab.