Amasa Back Area Trails

The Amasa Back area contains six mountain bike trails, five of which are non-motorized singletrack. Currently all of the trails are accessed by riding up the Amasa Back (Cliff Hanger) 4x4 route. From there one can choose from multiple options for continuing the ride. Captain Ahab is the newest addition to the area and offers riders a new, expert route back to the bottom. Captain Ahab is a one way trail, please use Amasa Back for the uphill climb. In addition to the trails outlined below, new singletrack is planned for the area.

The Amasa Back area offers excellent views of Kane Creek, Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area and the Colorado River. The Amasa Back 4x4 route is a multi-use trail. It is also one of the riding areas closest to town. There are maps and signs at every junction in the system. Riders should bring their own maps for navigation. Maps are available as printouts off of this site or for purchase on waterproof paper at all local bike shops.

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Trail Difficulty

Amasa Back (4x4 road)


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Captain Ahab


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Pot Hole Arch


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Riding Season: March–November (weather depending)

Fees: None

Directions: The trailhead is located 5 miles west of Hwy 191 on the Kane Creek Road. Turn west on the Kane Creek Road in town (between Burger King and McDonalds) and follow it to the Amasa Back parking lot, which will be on your right. From the parking lot ride the Kane Creek Road for 1/2 mile to the turnoff for Amasa Back (Cliff Hanger).

Contact Information: Bureau of Land Management, 82 E Dogwood, Moab Utah 84532, 435-259-2100

Amasa Back Mountain Bike Trail