Dead Horse Point State Park: Eastern Loop

Moab

A fantastic beginner-friendly loop around the eastern half of Dead Horse Point State Park.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
12 km
Ascent
143 m
Descent
143 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
Dead Horse Point State Park: Eastern Loop Map

"Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks," according to DiscoverMoab.com. "The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes."

Description

In addition to the iconic Dead Horse Point vista, this area is now home to some of the most beginner-friendly trails in Moab. The trails themselves reach beautiful viewpoints along the rim of the gorge for a more immersive Dead Horse Point experience.

These trails also serve as a great primer for beginner and early intermediate riders looking for a taste of Moab mountain biking. With low slickrock slabs, flowy singletrack, and the occasional rock garden mixed in, this is still true desert mountain biking.

The loop shown here doesn't cover all of the trails in the state park but instead, forms one of the best beginner-friendly rides in the network. The loop as mapped covers some 7.3 miles of pedaling with 470 feet of elevation gain. However, numerous connectors and cross trails exist, meaning that beginners can easily create a much shorter ride option.

For the absolute easiest option, just stick to the Raven Roll and Great Pyramid trails and skip Big Chief. Big Chief is a bit more difficult than the previous two trails.

"Remember that non-riding spouse? This is a fine place to take him or her riding," writes John Fisch in an article on Singletracks.com. "Making this route all the more amazing is that despite its low level of difficulty, my son and I, both advanced riders, had an excellent time as well," he concludes.

Sources: http://discovermoab.com/mountainbiking/#dead-horse https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/the-best-moab-trails-for-beginners-and-casual-riders/2/ https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/dead-horse/intrepid-trail/

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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