Raptor Route

Moab

A new, flowy, intermediate-friendly romp filled with swoopy singletrack and mellow rock slabs.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
16 km
Ascent
111 m
Descent
773 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
Raptor Route Map

The Eagle Eye and Falcon Flow trails are the newest significant addition to the Moab mountain bike trail network and together are known as the "Raptor Route." The Raptor Route serves as a new finish to the iconic Whole Enchilada route. Once fully completed, Raptor Route will comprise 10 miles of all-new singletrack descending into the Sand Flats Recreation Area. As of the time of this writing, in the Spring of 2022, the first two stages of the 3-stage route have been completed.

Description

The first stage to open was Falcon Flow, the longest of the three. The second stage was Eagle Eye, located at the top of the route. Currently, riders can easily connect from Eagle Eye to Falcon Flow on the rugged Porcupine Rim 4x4 road, but the third and final stage will provide a seamless singletrack connection.

While the goal of the Raptor Route is to give rides an easier way to finish the grueling Whole Enchilada route, even on its own, the Raptor Route is a fantastic mini-shuttle. You can easily shuttle to the top of Eagle Eye using the Sand Flats Road or catch a commercial shuttle that will drop you just a bit higher up the mountain.

Upon dropping into Eagle Eye, you'll roll straight into sinuous singletrack swooping along the mountainside, funneling into Moab's iconic slickrock slabs. Short, steep rock rolls abound, and if you keep your eyes peeled, you'll even spot a few huckortunities along the way.

Currently, the Porcupine Rim 4x4 road connects Eagle Eye to Falcon Flow, and it's filled with an endless cascade of ledge drops polished smooth by the passage of OHVs. Even though it's a 4x4 road, this is a rip-roaring descent that's actually the most technical section of the current route.

Once onto Falcon Flow, the swoopiness gets cranked up to 11! Moab's version of a flow trail doesn't have berms or jumps, but the artfully-crafted trail tread does indeed swoop and flow down the mountainside. Even when a few short climbs punctuate the flow, they are over quickly. The trail transitions through several zones, from exposed mountainside to pinon forest to grasslands, offering up breathtaking views the entire way.

This new addition to the Moab trail system is guaranteed to become a perennial crowd pleaser!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper 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
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • Road sections
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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