The Best Beginner Trails in Moab

If you're a beginner rider, here are the trails you need to check out in the mountain bike mecca of Moab.

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Beautiful views of the surrounding rock formations. Rider: Greg Heil. Photo: Summer Heil.

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There are a few rock overs and rock slabs. Rider: Summer Heil. Photo: Greg Heil.

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Flat and flowy. Rider: Summer Heil. Photo: Greg Heil

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Beautiful views of the La Sal mountains on the far side of the loop. Rider: Greg Heil. Photo: Summer Heil.

Sweet beginner-friendly singletrack on the Moab Brand Trails. Photo by Leslie Kehmeier, Mapping Manager, International Mountain Bicycling Association. Photo courtesy BLM via Flickr Creative Commons.

This rock formation provides the hub of the loop ride.

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Riding on Mars.

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Expansive slickrock for your riding pleasure.

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The Monitor and Merrimac buttes in the distance.

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Lots and lots of slickrock.

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Deep sand is no problem for fatbikes.

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Bench cut Klonzo singletrack. Photo: Greg Heil

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View of the La Sals from the Klonzo trails. Photo: Greg Heil

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Slabby slickrock section. Photo: Greg Heil


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View from the point

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Moab, Utah is one of the oldest mountain bike destinations, and it's still one of the best. Whether you prefer Whistler to Moab, or you think the Swiss Alps reigns as king, is irrelevant—everyone can agree that riding the slickrock and sand in the ultimate desert destination is a bucket list experience that all mountain bikers need to experience at least once in a lifetime.

However, Moab isn't just for expert-level riders. Even beginners can find trails to enjoy! Here are a few of the best beginner-friendly rides.


Lazy EZ

The Lazy EZ beginner loop isn’t actually lazy and it’s not all that easy, but compared to other trails in Moab this is a great beginner option that’s also entertaining and scenic.


A scenic, non-technical introduction to riding Moab's slickrock.


While easier than most trails in the region, Klonzo is still full-on Moab.