August 21, 2017

Road Biking Moab

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Although Moab is renowned for its epic mountain biking, road cyclists now have increased access to the same spectacular scenery with the recent completion of the Moab Canyon Pathway. With miles upon miles of smooth riding surface connecting Moab to the entrances of Arches National Park, Deadhorse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park, there are now route options available for cyclists of all levels.

Moab Road Biking Loops

Beginner

The Moab Canyon Pathway begins in Moab, connecting to a pedestrian bridge for crossing the Colorado River, and allowing riders to avoid Highway 191 entirely.  For a shorter loop, turn right at Scenic Byway 128 for an easy and fun, yet scenic family ride. This loop is approximately 9-10 miles out and back.

For a bit more of a challenge, continue up the pathway that parallels Highway 191. Approximately 2 miles after the pedestrian bridge is the entrance to Arches National Park, which you will pass as you continue along the pathway. You will notice an incline that will continue for a climb of 525 vertical feet in the 6.5 miles following the entrance to Arches National Park. The plus side is, you get to ride down everything you just climbed! The Moab Canyon Pathway offers a short and sweet scenic training ride, approximately 18 miles out and back.

Intermediate/Advanced

For those craving more, the Moab Canyon Pathway also connects to Highway 313 for a challenging 24 mile climb to the entrance of Deadhorse State Park, or 35 miles to Grand View Point in Canyonlands National Park, easily opening up the way to a Moab Century ride.

If epic is the only way you roll, try the La Sal Mountain Loop. This 65 mile route is a loop that can be ridden in either direction, with 5500 feet of climbing through the La Sal Mountain Range, the second largest range in Utah. The La Sal Range is part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest and the southern Rocky Mountains. The highest elevation is Mount Peale, at 12,721 feet (3,877 m) above sea level.This route tops out around 8000 ft in altitude, offering a scenic cruise through the pines, scrub oak and aspen before dropping back down to the red rock canyon desert.