Mountain Biking

Moab has earned a well-deserved reputation as the mountain-biking capital of the world, drawing riders of all ages onto rugged 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. lBeginners should master the 2⅓-mile practice loop before attempting the longer, and very challenging, 10-mile 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, north of Moab, is an excellent novice ride, as are sections of the newest trails in the Klonzo trail system. 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 and $135 per person for a half day and $155 to $190 for a full day, including the bike rental. You can save money by joining 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 here before you hit the trails. 702 S. Main St., Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–4688; 888/677–4688;

Poison Spider Bicycles. In a town of great bike shops, this fully loaded shop is considered one of the best. Poison Spider serves the thriving road-cycling community as well as mountain bikers. Rent, buy, or service your bike here. You can also arrange for shuttle and guide services and purchase merchandise. Want to ship your bike to Moab for your adventure? Poison Spider will store it until you arrive and the staff will reassemble it for you and make sure everything is in perfect working order. 497 N. Main St., Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–7882; 800/635–1792;

Rim Cyclery. The oldest bike shop in town, Rim Cyclery has offered mountain-bike rentals and sales, trail advice, equipment, and gear since 1983. Their skilled mechanics can help with most any type of bike repair. Cross-country ski rentals are also available in winter. 94 W. 100 N, Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–5333; 888/304–8219;

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 are also available. Bike skills a little rusty? Rim Tours also offers mountain-bike instructional tours and skill clinics. 1233 S. U.S. 191, Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–5223; 800/626–7335; Day tours from $140; multiday from $800.

Western Spirit Cycling Adventures. Head here for fully supported, go-at-your-own-pace, multiday mountain-bike and road-bike tours throughout the western states, including trips to Canyonlands, Trail of the Ancients, 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, and road bike trips, too. There's also the option to combine a Green River kayak trip with the three-night White Rim Trail ride. 478 Mill Creek Dr., Moab, Utah, 84532. 435/259–8732; 800/845–2453; From $925.

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