Intrepid Trail: Big Chief Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews

Intrepid Trail: Big Chief Loop is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moab, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

8.0 miles 586 feet Loop



mountain biking

nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

The Intrepid Trail System is a series of 3 loops in Dead Horse Point State Park. The Big Chief Loop is the longest and most technical of them. It offers amazing views and is some of the easiest mountain biking in the Moab area, though it is just technical enough to keep advanced riders interested.

1 month ago

I started with Dead Horse point east rim trail and then continued to the intrepid trail and big chief loop. I was hiking and almost didn't do the furthest loop but I'm so glad. Great views!!! Trail is pretty flat for the most part with some guess work when it goes over rocks. Easy enough to find again though and the rocks are where the best views come in.

Combining these trails made for about a 12.5 miles hike. If you're on foot listen for mountain bikes behind you.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Due to some recent problems encountered, this is an official statement from the staff at Dead Horse Point: Dogs are not allowed on any mountain biking trail within the park.

Feel free to discount our five star rating for the trail. We think it's pretty great, but we're clearly biased :)

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great trail for beginner to intermediate riders, not much climbing and some fun slick rock. Super convent when staying in the park

mountain biking
1 year ago

A fun ride for sure. There is nothing too technical about it for intermediate or advanced riders, but for green novices there will probably be some hike-a-bike happening here and there. There's a little bit of everything on this trail: slick rock, sand monsters, technical uphill and downhill, and flowy singletrack. I'd ride it again.

mountain biking
1 year ago

One of the best trails I've ever been on. Incredible views. Great for intermediate to advanced riders.

mountain biking
4 years ago

Dead Horse Point State Park offers some of the most spectacular views in the Moab area. The Intrepid Trail is an excellent loop trail system that is open to both hikers and mountain bikers. The short loop is very quick and nontechnical. Stay straight to do the Big Chief loop, which has a few fun technical climbing obstacles and fast twisty descents. Overall, this is some of the easiest mountain biking in the Moab area, but still fun and technical enough to keep advanced riders interested. The views alone make it worthwhile. After the ride, be sure to check out the visitor center, and drive all the way through the park for more spectacular views. Be prepared for the park entrance fee, I believe $10 per vehicle.