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Moab has earned a well-deserved reputation as the mountain-biking capital of the world, drawing riders of all ages off the pavement and onto rugged four-wheel-drive roads and trails. It's where the whole sport started, and the area attracts bikers from all over the globe. One of the many popular routes is the Slickrock Trail, a stunning area of steep Navajo Sandstone dunes a few miles east of Moab. Beginners should master the 2⅓-mi practice loop before attempting the longer, and very challenging, 10½-mi loop. More moderate rides can be found on the Gemini Bridges or Monitor and Merrimac trails, both off U.S. 191 north of Moab. Klondike Bluffs, just north of Moab, is an excellent ride for novices. The Moab Information Center carries a free biking trail guide. Mountain-bike rentals range from $40 for a good bike to $75 for a top-of-the-line workhorse. If you want to go on a guided ride, expect to pay between $120 to $135 per person for a half day and $155 to $190 for a full day, including the bike rental. You can save money by banding together with a larger group to keep the per-person rates down; even a party of two will save drastically over a single rider. Several companies offer shuttles to and from the trailheads.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Chile Pepper Bikes. For mountain bike rentals, sales, service, and gear, plus espresso, stop at Chile Pepper Bikes before you hit the trails. 702 S. Main St., Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–4688 or 888/677–4688. www.chilebikes.com.
Poison Spider Bicycles. This fully loaded shop serves the thriving road-cycling community as well as mountain bikers. Rent, buy (including Trek, Kona, Yeti, and Cervelo), or service your bike here. You can also arrange for shuttle service and purchase merchandise. 497 N. Main St., Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–7882 or 800/635–1792. www.poisonspiderbicycles.com.
Rim Cyclery. The oldest bike shop in town, Rim Cyclery has offered mountain bike rentals and sales, trail advice, equipment, and gear since 1983. They have expertise in Specialized bikes. 94 W. 100 N, Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–5333 or 888/304–8219. www.rimcyclery.com.
Rim Tours. Reliable, friendly, and professional, Rim Tours has been taking guests on guided one-day or multiday mountain-bike tours, including Klondike Bluffs (which enters Arches) and the White Rim Trail (inside Canyonlands) since 1985. Road-bike tours as well as bike rentals (and some sales) are also available. 1233 S. U.S. 191, Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–5223 or 800/626–7335. www.rimtours.com.
Western Spirit Cycling. Head here for fully supported, go-at-your-own-pace, multiday bike tours throughout the western states, including trips to Canyonlands and the 140-mile Kokopelli Trail, which runs from Grand Junction, Colorado, to Moab. Guides versed in the geologic wonders of the area cook up meals worthy of the scenery each night. Ask about family rides, too. There's also the option to combine a Green River kayak trip with the three-night bike route. 478 Mill Creek Dr., Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–8732 or 800/845–2453. www.westernspirit.com.
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