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TR: Moab in December

post #1 of 15
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Just some photos from last weekend. After our second trip I am feeling more comfortable on slick rock. I don't know if I just got my bike more dialed in or what. It is also much more enjoyable to ride in 40F than 95F.


























post #2 of 15
Nice trip report. The weather looks like what we've been seeing.

Can you ride in the National Park? I'm pretty sure most of the key features like Rainbow Arch are walk-to only.
post #3 of 15
Great photos, thanks for sharing.
post #4 of 15
Moab is great in the winter. We also did a hiking + mtn biking trip in December a few years ago. Riding on slickrock is quite a trip at first.

Cirque, you can only ride on the paved roads inside the NPs. But with so many trails outside the NPs around Moab, it didn't seem to be that big of an issue to me.
post #5 of 15
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You can only ride on roads in Arches and Canyonlands. That may eventually change. But you can ride on tons of other trails so its still cool.
post #6 of 15
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Cirque, you can only ride on the paved roads inside the NPs. .
In Arches NP that is true, but Canyonlands National Park has many great dirt roads to ride. Much of the famous White Rim Trail is in Canyonlands Park.
post #7 of 15
Nice TR Tromano! I always wondered what the slickrock area looked like in winter.

I was there a decade or so ago in October. It was right after the 24 Hours of Moab. Temps were still well into the 90's. We did come very close to running out of water on one ride. I remember sucking down a liter, of boiling gatoraide, that was left in the car, after that ride.
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Much of the famous White Rim Trail is in Canyonlands Park.
Yes, of course -- that completely slipped my mind!
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
Moab is great in the winter. We also did a hiking + mtn biking trip in December a few years ago. Riding on slickrock is quite a trip at first.

Cirque, you can only ride on the paved roads inside the NPs. But with so many trails outside the NPs around Moab, it didn't seem to be that big of an issue to me.
that not true even at arches where you are allowed to ride on 4WD routes.

also white rim isnt a trail its 4wd road that your allowed to drive, so riding it is no issue.
post #10 of 15
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that not true even at arches where you are allowed to ride on 4WD routes.
That's good to know. When we went about 5 years ago, I thought we found out that Arches was restricted to paved road riding. We rode Klondike Bluffs to one of the back entries to Arches, and even though there was a 4WD road that went in that way, the sign said no bikes off paved roads inside Arches and that we had leave our bikes outside the park.
post #11 of 15
Looks like a great trip Tromano. Great photos.

Biking in Arches is permitted on all roads, paved or not. Willow Springs and Salt Valley are two roads that work "well" for mountain biking, if you don't mind the occasional sandy stretch. I think that the route to Klondike Bluffs has that sign because it is not a "recognized" road into the park, i.e. a road that the park maintains. I seem to remember that that road shortly dead ends anyway, but I could be hazy in my recall. I suspect that there are more than a few old mining roads entering the park at various places that the NPS wishes would disappear.

Tromano, did you see the dinosaur tracks on the way into Klondike Bluffs?
post #12 of 15
Really need to get up there again -- haven't been to Moab in a few years since the little one arrived.
post #13 of 15
Those are very nice pictures! We'll be there for three/four days in January, driving in from SLC.
What did you do and for how long were you there?
Any suggestions on an itinerary for our 3 days? Place to stay and drive.
Tks!

Jackie
post #14 of 15
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Looks like a great trip Tromano. Great photos.

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Tromano, did you see the dinosaur tracks on the way into Klondike Bluffs?
Thanks! On our first moab trip (last spring) we rode the bluffs and saw many dino tracks. Its a nice ride. Last weekend we stayed at the bar-m trail head and rode all the trails off there. The photos were taken at the Circle O trail. Its a really nice slick rock ramble.
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Those are very nice pictures! We'll be there for three/four days in January, driving in from SLC.
What did you do and for how long were you there?
Any suggestions on an itinerary for our 3 days? Place to stay and drive.
Tks!

Jackie

I guess it depends on whether or not you like to ride MTBs and what else you want to do. There are tons of jeep trails (4wheeling), bike trails, hiking trails, national parks, etc... in Moab and I think that winter would probably be a great time to see moab if it has been high pressure for a while and not a big storm cycle.

I live a few hours away in Logan and its a nice weekend trip. We were there for a couple of days. We did rode MTB Saturday at the Bar-M trail head (all the trails that are there) and then on Sunday went into arches and did some hikes and site seeing. I think that the stuff near the north end of the park is the best. And for sure you have to walk up to the delicate arch. Its about a 3 mile and about a 2 hour hike round trip if you stop and gawk at everything.
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