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With the fabulous weather camping is predominantly sought in the desert around Moab Utah. The tricky bit is determining the location for the convenient access of specific adventures. Which adventures? Mountain biking, hiking, climbing, 4-wheeling and OHV trail riding are among those.

Which Campgrounds Have Access to Your Activity?

Sand Flats Recreation area is home to the Slickrock Bike Trail and contains the Porcupine Rim Trail. Camping is limited to 9 various locations amounting to 120 individual sites. Besides the mountain biking to be had, motorized use enjoys, Hells Revenge and the Fins and Things trails. Sand Flats is attractive for the owners of OHV’s which are NOT street legal. These OHVs – UTVs/ATVs/Motorcycle trail bikes can be ridden right out of camp to the trails in Sand Flats.

Similarly, Horsethief Campground off of Hwy 313 serves OHV users desiring to ride out of camp. There is a tremendous network of trails in the region north of Moab. It is best to have maps of the area to see how all the segments mesh. Nearby is Cowboy Camp, a little spot for tent camping – no camp trailers allowed. From this Hwy 313 camp, mountain bikers can connect to the Navajo Rocks trail system, the Intrepid Trail system in Dead Horse Point State Park and/or the many routes in the Gemini Bridges area, like the Magnificent Seven and the newest Horsethief bike trail network.

For the climbers, Wall Street on Hwy 279 is a popular hang out to belay buddies. Close to the climbing are Jaycee Park and Williams Bottom camping areas. Those have nice tent camping and have the essential pit toilet for conveniently fulfilling the Leave No Trace adage. Near Big Bend Campground on Hwy 128, the Bureau of Land Management has established a proper parking area for bouldering. Find a map in Karl Kelley’s, High on Moab, the newest and all around informative climber guide including 21 challenging boulders. Drinks Canyon, Hal Canyon and Oak Grove Campgrounds would also be places to stay to be close to Big Bend Boulders.


Pipe Safe for BLM First Come, First Served Sites $15 a night

Also on Hwy 128, consider Lower Onion Creek for camping access for rolling right out of camp to 4-wheel or OHV Onion Creek and connecting with Top of the World and Polar Mesa. Fisher Towers is best as a tent camping spot and serves up some nice hiking and climbing.

Out on Kane Creek Road, Moonflower Canyon shall have fewer walk-in tent sites. Spring Canyon walk-in tent sites out along Kane Creek Road will be closed and reclaimed.  Find additional walk-in sites added to Kings Bottom to balance out the removal of the others. Got a motorhome? Toy hauler? Head out to the Ledges camping area where there are 105 sites with access to dirt trails from camp.

Prefer a full hook-up? Make reservations with a commercial campground in Moab. Street Legal UTVs are able to drive to trails. Archview Resort is the only campground near Moab to ride an ATV out of camp and get that full hook up for an RV. North 38 miles, in Thompson Springs are hookups at the Ballard RV Park. Trails can be ridden out of there. Find out more in the Third Edition of Charles A. Wells, Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.

Behind the Rocks is 14 miles south of Moab. Turn west off of Hwy 191. There will be no camping signs posted here.  Camping is not allowed from the turn off for about 3 miles. After that distance some sites for tent camping appear. Keep going. The first two dirt roads off to the south go to houses. Keep going. The next roads lead to a tear drop design of RV sites. The most important matter here is to have a portable toilet to use in the Behind the Rocks area. Tent campers can purchase wag-bags (a means of packing out human refuse) from the Moab Information Center. Nice trail riding out here, dappled with arches.

The Moab Information Center is teeming with area maps. Stop in to get maps or guide books to see the many trail options available in and around Moab Utah. It is located at the corner of Main and Center Street, open 7 days a week.


Arches National Park is reserved online using recreation.gov. It sells out months in advance. No hookups. Dead Horse Point, Utah, State Park also reserves camping online. Dead Horse has electrical hookups. It too sells out months in advance. Canyonlands National Park has first come, first served camping. No OHV use allowed in the national parks of Moab.  So the parks are great for hikers especially.

When the weather is fine, camping is popular. Most important about backcountry use, enthusiasts are required to Leave No Trace, which means using portable toilets or camping in sites with pit toilets. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Bring your own or buy bundles from many shops in Moab. South town Maverick has a free dump station for RVs. Bring a hose to fill up with water from the side of the Maverick store seen from the dump station. Spanish Trail Shell can refill propane tanks and allows filling water from a faucet along the curb near where the propane is dispensed.  Again bring a hose to fill an RV. Farm and City Seed and Feed does it all, dump, water ($5 fee), and propane in one stop.

Find more camping details on http://discovermoab.com/campgrounds.htm or call 435-259-8825.


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In mountain bike circles, the Slickrock Trail is famous! It requires stamina and skill to negotiate the petrified sand dunes that comprise the trail. Mountain biking has escalated with travel for riding and trail building by destinations across the United States and the world. Moab has stayed relevant to mountain biking due to the effort of the volunteers of the Moab Trail Mix. Now alternative slickrock can be ridden for less extreme pedaling, yet there is ample expert terrain too. There are trails that are sufficient for the entire family in Moab. If you haven’t bicycled Moab lately, you haven’t biked Moab. You can no longer say, ‘Been there, done that’ about Moab.

The uranium miners steered into the far reaches around Moab in the 1950s using two wheel drive and the granny gear. As that boom passed and recreation dawned, fat tire biking used those dirt roads along with four wheel drive users. As recreation booms, an abundance of travelers cued a variety of segments for single track mountain bike pedaling, ATV only trails, single track trail motorcycling, as well as, 4×4 vehicle use on Moab’s surrounding trails.

Check out DiscoverMoab.com for the quintessential overview of Mountain Bike trails of Moab. Green Circles, Blue Squares and Black Diamonds have been assigned to trails to better enable visitors to select a trail according to ability. A network of trails are found in some areas so a carload can travel together yet ride separate trails in relation to recovering from yesterday’s epic ride, or start with an easy one to progress to another level of skill or ply those skills for more difficult trail lines. Obviously, if you haven’t pedaled Moab lately, you really haven’t pedaled Moab. Come check out 111 miles of mountain bike trails in Moab. Print the maps on http://discovermoab.com/biking.htm and bring them along. Or purchase each map at a local Moab bike shops for $2-$3 each. That money goes into the treasury of the Moab Trail Mix, the fine organization building and maintaining Moab’s excellent variety of mountain bike trails. Need more travel information? Phone 435-259-8825 Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM Mountain Standard Time or email info2@discovermoab.com.

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Are you equestrian minded? There is barrel racing and an endurance race. Runners may choose from trail or paved foot races, from short 5K to a marathon or triathlon. And bike races suit mountain bikers or road cyclists. There is even a new motorcycle series that includes using the Red Rock Speedway of Moab, Utah. Not on the calendar yet: BMX and Skateboard competitions. Contact the Club Red, the Moab Teen Center. They are still putting together the details for events, likely in MAY.

Coming up on the April Event Calendar for Moab Utah:
The AMASA trail foot race is a distance of 6 or 9 miles on April 9th by Grass Roots Events.

On April 9th, is a Marathon from Hwy 313 to conclude at the Colorado River north of Moab. It is based out of the Aarchway Inn; takes place on pavement.

For April 23rd– There is a new motorcycle race series called the 4 corners championship series! Five tracks are on board: Grand Junction motor speedway, Moab Red Rock Speedway for a one day race (April 23rd), Monticello Bullhollow, Huntington Ironhorse, and the Price track.

You missed the March 19, 2011 Canyonlands Half Marathon taking place on Scenic By-Way Hwy 128, a.k.a. the river road. Interested Athletes will have to catch the Other Half in October or plan now to enter for the spring 2012 half marathon race. And you missed March 26, 2011, the 24 Hour Foot Race is a course of 5-8 mile loops offering more aid than any other 100 mile race. Race solo or enter a team of up to ten athletes. And March 26 & 27 is MOTOX the Red Rock Dirt Series Motorcycle races.

Moving on to May:

May 13 & 14 2011 is the first Annual Triathlon Festival, yes Festival, it goes on for three days. Choose the XTERRA style or, if you prefer, incorporate a road bike segment, instead of the  mountain bike choice. Special kid appropriate triathlon distances. Making this one competitive weekend in Moab for the entire family.

Volunteer Aid Station During Moab Trail Race

On May 14 2011, get 70 paved miles through Red Rock cliffs from Swanny Park in downtown Moab over the La Sal Loop Road back to Moab with one vehicle and six runners running two legs each during the cooperative event of the Moab Relay, co-joined with the Red Rock Relay brand.

May 21 2011 Suffer & Send It – Chile Pepper Race Series on Amasa Back Mountain Bike

June in Moab:

June 10 -11 2011, the Rockwell Relay starts at Swanny Park Moab to complete 516 miles to the finish. Teams of 4 road cyclists average 3 legs in this relay of 12 legs over backcountry paved roads to finish in western Utah.

June 12-18 2011 Grueling 148 mile Kokopelli averages 9 or 50 miles a day between Grand Junction and Moab Utah. Take the Desert R.A.T.S. challenge. trail foot race

For July, the local Moab Library will have a Saturday Boat race on Ken’s Lake. Trophies for the most creative design, most adequate to float, some finishers. Check with the librarians in the kid department for more details for this fun day.

September 1-10 10 days across Utah LAGBRAU not exactly a race, but a road bike event, never-the-less.

September 24 2011 Autumn 10K Run Moab Autumn 10K Run will begin and end at Swanny Park in beautiful Moab, Utah. Come and enjoy the cool fall weather in Southern Utah! Events will include a 10K, 5K, and Kids’ K. All proceeds from the event go to the students of Moab Charter School and the Grand County High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams.

October 8 – 9 2011 24 Hour Mountain Bike is a premier race for the competitive mountain bike circuit and other deemabley aggressive mountain bike athletes.

October 8-9 2011 50 K Trail Run 5 hour cut off at mile 23 Start at Jug Rock.

October 27-29 2011 appeals to the Endurance Horse racer. No backtracking or repeat trails and incredible scenery. horse race

October 16, 2011-01-24 The Other Half – half marathon finishes at Sorrel River Ranch. paved foot race

The Super D and DH races are on Saturday, the 29th at 1pm and 3pm during the Chile Ho-Down. These downhill mountain bike races will be a hoot to spectate, as athletes show incredible control, blasting down the Porcupine Trail.

Barrel racing will be taking place at the Old Spanish Trail Arena on October 1, 2; October 29, 30; and November 12, 13th.

Which bleeds into November:

Danelle Ballenge, proven adventure racer, is the director of I’m Crazy Events. Marathon and half marathon on November 5, 2011 race. It will be a trail foot race.

Turkey Trot November 19 Saturday is a race by Moab City recreation. Register with john at Moab City Recreation. It will be a paved foot race.

December 3 2011 Winter Sun 10 K the weekend is full of holiday festivities with craft shopping, a night time parade of lights and caroling. It is also a paved foot race.

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by Jacques Marias

This Article. Utah: Two-wheel heaven, showed up in the New Zealand Herald. This July story re-caps a February mountain bike riding experience. Jacques Marias wrote — “When to go: Summer is hot, whereas winter snow and ice will add to the level of danger, so autumn and spring are good. That said, February can have gorgeously clear days and means you will have nearly every trail to yourself.”

Coloradoans regularly are found on the Moab mountain bike trails in February. They come to escape the deep snow of their home places. Interviews with these sporty folks have revealed that they are more selective about trails. Avoid the shadowed trails that will hold snow remnants. Consulting the Moab bike shops employees will help coordinate trail usage. Occasional drifts dapple trails, which may mean, stepping off the bike to push or carry it for a segment. A headlamp is tucked away. The days are shorter and if there are delays, there then is a light source.

It is July, seemingly too hot to bike Moab. However, the La Sal Mountains have trails. Geyser pass settles at about 9400 ft beneath the Manti-La Sal National Forest peaks, such as,

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Need a bunk to throw down a sleeping bag? Community kitchen to prepare your own food? For budgeting travel, get a shower, a mattress, a break form sleeping on the ground at the Lazy Lizard Hostel – genuinely inexpensive – in Moab Utah. Read this mountain biker comments and see Moab images.

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Moab for Golf and Bike events.

Image by Brenda Rathburn

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Like Mountain Bike Athlete Sonya Looney. She raced the Moab 24 Hour Race and travels to other competitions throughout the year.

Catch a bit of video riding snow in a heavy winter shadow, just to stay on top of the jag and fro balance managment of riding single track. For more images of mountain biking in Moab with Sonya Looney, catch her Flickr pages.  Moab has a new Mountain Bike event for 2010. Outerbike takes place September 30  –  October 2. Fifteen bike companies will demo their 2011 line of mountain bikes.

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