Chisholm -> Rodeo Lariat

Moab

Cover some respectable miles without destroying your legs on steep climbs.

Trail Running Moderate

Distance
33 km
Ascent
394 m
Descent
394 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
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Chisholm -> Rodeo Lariat Map

Description

Moab is best-known for its ultra-technical, rocky, ledgy singletrack trails. While this sort of trail will always be Moab’s primary draw, recent trail development in the region has only continued to diversify Moab's singletrack offerings. The Chisholm and Rodeo trails, two of the newest trails in Moab, push that diversification forward with fantastic singletrack that actually covers some real distance.

Chisholm and Rodeo can be run in a number of different combinations, including connected to Navajo Rocks, 7-Up, the other Horsethief Trails, and more. In fact, you could probably run a 50-mile loop in this region of Moab without repeating the same trail twice! But if you solely want to run these two new trails, this lariat route is the way to do it.

Chisholm and Rodeo epitomize flowy singletrack, Moab style. Neither trail is steep or has any extended climbs, yet the singletrack undulates up and down through rolling terrain. While overall the trail tread is smooth and absurdly flowy, rippled slickrock, small rock gardens, little drops, and rock armored sections punctuate the smooth dirt with small doses of spice.

The quality of Moab’s trail builders is on display on these latest trails. While there aren’t any insanely-gnarly builds like you’ll find on Captain Ahab, expert rock armoring through the dips, creative use of rock ledges, and spot-on flowy sections provide a kinesthetically pleasing trail experience.

While pinon trees do provide some cover from the harsh sun, this trail run is located way out in the middle of the desert. Make sure that you’re prepared with plenty of water, and anything you may need for spending hours in this harsh environment. If you want to stash water, Horse Thief campground off of Mineral Point Road is the perfect spot to drop you own mini aid station.

Difficulty

Moderate

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

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

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