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Mountain Bike Trails

Klondike Bluffs TrailMountain biking in canyon country can range from the challenging Slickrock Trail to a leisurely ride along backcountry roads. Popular mountain bike routes include Gemini Bridges, Porcupine Rim, Slickrock Trail, Amasa Back, Flat Pass, Klondike Bluffs, Kokopelli Trail, Poison Spider, Lower Monitor and Merrimac, Bartlett Wash, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon Rim, Bar M, Hurrah Pass and Onion Creek.

Motor Assisted Bicycles: The Moab BLM has determined that motor assisted bicycles (electric, gas or diesel) are "motorized vehicles." Use of motor assisted bicycles is only allowed on motorized trails. Please visit the motorized recreation pages for trail information.

Regulations found at 43 CFR 8340.0-5(a) define an “off road vehicle” as "...any motorized vehicle capable of, or designed for, travel on or immediately over land, water, or other natural terrain..." Furthermore, regulations found at 43 CFR 8342.1 direct the BLM to designate routes as either available for or not available for off road (motorized) vehicles.

Since electric assist bikes have a motor, they fit under the definition provided in 43 CFR 8340.0-5(a) as off road (motorized) vehicles.  Thus, electric bikes are allowed only on routes designated for off road (motorized) vehicle use and prohibited from routes that have been designated only for non-off road (non-motorized) vehicle use. At this time, there is no other BLM guidance specific to managing electric assist bikes, so the Moab Field Office is managing the use as motorized based on the rationale described above.

Map of the Mountain Bike Trails in the Moab Field Office

Klondike Bluffs Monitor/Merrimac Gemini Bridges/Mag 7 Moab Brands Amasa Back Lower Porcupine Upper Porcupine Slickrock Klonzo Bartlett/Jedi Slickrock Area Pipe Dream Moab Area Mountain Bike Trail Locations


The desert environment can be unforgiving to the unprepared. Riders should be prepared to deal with changing weather conditions, bicycle problems and accidents. Most trails travel through remote areas where help is not readily available and cell service is unavailable.

  • Wear a helmet
  • Recognize your physical and technical limits
  • Carry twice as much water as you think you'll need
  • Make sure your bike is functioning properly
  • Carry repair and first aid kits and know how to use them
  • Use a map, guidebook and/or guide
  • Ride with others and re-group often
  • Reserve enough daylight to retrace your route if you encounter problems
  • On downhill runs, watch for uphill riders

Environmental Considerations
Bikes are great tools for exploring canyon country when used responsibly. Stay on approved roads and trails. Avoid cryptobiotic crusts and vegetation. Follow minimum impact practices for biking and Canyon Country visits.

Ride only on open roads and trails
Riding cross-country, taking shortcuts, and play riding around campsites damages plants and cryptobiotic soils. It can take years for soil crusts to recover from the ruts created by just one careless bike rider.

Avoid skidding your tires
Locking wheels needlessly damages trails and leaves ugly tire marks on slickrock. 

Ride rocky, slickrock, and sandy areas when it's wet
Soils with high clay content turn into slippery, chain-clogging mud when wet and leave deep ruts that accelerate trail erosion.

Refrain from riding through and camping in riparian areas
Wildlife concentrates in these wet areas and can be displaced by recreational use.

Protect potholes, springs and streams
Washing mud off bikes and bathing can introduce lubrication, soaps, and oils from sunscreen into water sources critical for the survival of wildlife.

Riding Etiquette
When encountering slower-moving riders, slow to their speed and wait for acknowledgement to pass. Always yield to horses and hikers. Remember that some mountain bike routes are also open to motorized use.

Riding in Remote Areas
If you have an accident in a remote area, it may take medical help hours to arrive. Travel with a group so that someone can be sent to obtain help and another rider can administer first aid. 

Shuttle Services
A vehicle shuttle is helpful for several Moab area rides. Click here for a current list of shuttle companies.

Minimum Impact Practices

Backcountry Safety Tips