If you're like us, you love to get out and explore on your mountain bike and try new trails, especially some of the highest rated trails in the country. In this series of blogs, we'll be taking a look at some of the most epic MTB spots in the country and breaking down some popular trails as well as trave tips. The good thing is our buddy Steve Mokan over at Chasing Epic MTB runs a bike adventure program knows the trails in Moab like the back of his hand and has provided some awesome insight into this unique trail system. Here are some key travel tips as well as the best trails to check out on your next MTB adventure to Moab.
Moab is the mother of all mountain bike destinations, and one of the best times to ride it happens to be in the spring, between March and early June. The high-desert location regularly sees temperatures rise into the 70's and 80's, making for perfect weather to go with near-perfect trails. If you haven't heard, Moab can be a bit technical, so be sure to bring your A-game when it comes to bike handling skills. One good thing about the trails and terrain here, however, is that there are almost always walk-around lines, so you can choose to push yourself as much (or as little) as you want.
Moab is located in-between Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park; it's one of the most unique and beautiful areas of the world. The terrain is like no other you'll ever see. If you can swing it, I highly recommend spending a day in both national parks - it makes for a great "rest day" and it's totally worth the time off the saddle.
In town, Moab is a bit touristy but like any town there are hidden gems. Be sure to check out both the Love Muffin Cafe and Sweet Cravings for breakfast - the paninis and burritos are not to be missed. For dinner, you can't go wrong with a few pizzas from Paradox Pizza or if you're looking to load up on protein, hit up the Blu Pig located right on Main Street.