Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Dead Horse Point State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Giggly, easy rolling trail. Just enough technical to keep it interesting. Views to die for. Fun trail

Steep trail that’s challenging and gorgeous. We watched some brave Jeeps coming down the trail and heard some more bicyclists from across the highway. Great hike !

This seemed to be a 4x4 trail where hikers are also permitted to use it. Great workout in the beginning, just wish it were only for hiking.

on Moab Rim Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This is more commonly called the Moab Rim 4X4 Trail, and sometimes the Moab Rim Safari Route (on Google Maps). For the first mile there is a well-marked hiking trail (named Stairmaster) that runs alongside the route for off-road vehicles. After that, it seems that hikers are walking along the vehicle route, which might be a pain, except it is probably exciting to see how the vehicles make it up the sketchy parts. Or what happens when they don't. (Lots of YouTube videos.) There were no vehicles, or for that matter, any other people anywhere on this trail during my hike. The second half of the hike/drive can be done as a loop, or a variety of loops, actually. There are lots of signs, but they are often strangely unhelpful. I took a good guess on how to do a loop and it worked out, including passing by an alcove with the surrealistic sight of a decrepit easy chair in the middle. This trail connects up with Hidden Valley, which is also an awesome hike, and I have gotten to the junction from both directions. It would be fun to do this as a point to point hike with transportation for the 6 miles between the two trailheads.

Awesome views and challenging hiking! Highly recommended.

Icy and snow packed in some areas, but still beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail in the spring. I continued on through and hiked down out by way of the hidden valley trail. It totaled around 9 miles. Beautiful scenery. Will hike this again. Although I would suggest if you are going to continue and hike the hidden valley trail I would start at the hidden valley trail and go up coming down it is grueling.

off road driving
10 months ago

Just excellent, from a well experienced driver. All my other moderately experienced jeep buddies stopped and turned around due to off camber at the entrance.

hiking
11 months ago

Difficult start. Steep. But glad that it is dog friendly. Have only done the first mile twice. Next time I'd like to go farther. Beautiful views and what a workout. View of Colorado river behind you going up is stunning. View of Moab at top of first mile is lovely. I don't know how those vehicles make it! Was alone on trail both times except 2 other hikers.

mountain biking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Loved this trail! Easy with beautiful views. Definitely recommend. Not crowded and fun for the whole family.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

This trail was amazing. It's a very steep trail that offers unforgettable views of moab. We started from the bottom and got to the top in about 30 minutes. There were a lot of off-road vehicles during this time due to Jeep Safari week. It was cool to see how these vehicles try to get up and down some pretty sketchy parts. We also saw a mountain biker. When we reached the top there was absolutely no one. We explored around a lot and we found a cave near the top left of the rim. Overall it was a short hard and scenic trail and very worth it.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

This hike was our first on this trip to Moab. The first mile is straight uphill. It's hard and grueling. After that it's a pretty moderate trail. It is very well marked and not heavily trafficked. It is a pretty hike with views of Moab and the Canyonlands NP. My kids enjoyed exploring the arched caves and echoes. The only water along the trail are little pools left over from rain-so definitely bring water for your pooch.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This is a really scenic trail and I would suggest you take the "stair master" route. Pretty steep but worth it!

off road driving
Friday, October 21, 2016

The first mile is extreme. The first 1/2 mile is very extreme! The rest of the trail has some good technical challenges. There are several good viewing spots. Great trail - not for the faint of heart!

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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
Saturday, September 10, 2016

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 :)

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Strenuous hike that will lead to a gorgeous view over the town of Moab. The first 30 minutes of the hike will be tough because it is STEEP. I believe you ascend over 1,000 feet in the span of a mile. Well worth it though if you want an astonishing view without the crowds.

mountain biking
Friday, May 06, 2016

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

mountain biking
Saturday, November 14, 2015

This is a steep technical ascent to one of the best view in Moab in my honest opinion. The trail leads up and around the side of a mesa where you look over into Jackson Hole which is basically a giant butte surrounded by a canyon forming a giant circle. From here you can continue to Pothole arch which is well worth the ride and on the way back you can ride an extremely technical route Rockstacker back.
Lot more info here: http://adventeurs.com/captain-ahab-cliffhanger-pothole-arch-mtbing-in-moab-ut/

mountain biking
Thursday, July 09, 2015

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
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 02, 2014

This is one for the bucket list!
If you are scared of heights , which I am, you might want to think twice before attempting this. The Portal Trail is a hiking trail up from the road the the top of the Mesa with a 300ft drop back down to Potash road at the top. A sheer cliff and a vertical wall line either side of the trail and makes for as extreme of an exposure as you can get. There are signs along the way warning you to dismount and walk a section which would be advice best heeded. These sections are almost impassable on a bike and are not worth the near non existent bragging rights.

All in all I would love to do this trail again. I have a video of me riding it you can check out here : http://adventeurs.com/the-deadliest-trail-in-america-portal-moab-ut/

mountain biking
Friday, March 22, 2013

This trail is my favorite in Moab. The way up is basically one huge technical climb. I'm primarily a downhiller and walked lots of the way but if you are into cross country this climb will be a very fun, and a very challenging test.
Once at the top, the views are simply spectacular. You have a 360 degree mountain view that is a great opportunity for a good picture.
Coming down is a technical downhill. You can make it down very quickly but if your not a downhiller everything is easy to go slow or even walk over.

mountain biking
Sunday, December 09, 2012

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 08, 2010

This trail is a "Locals" favorite, and can be VERY busy. Amasa back is a P2P [point to point] trail of about 10 miles. Vertical climb is 1050 feet.
This trail is both technically and physically demanding but the reward of some stunning scenery is well worth it.
If it was not for the crowds, this could well be Moabs best ride, if possible do this trail on a weekday.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 08, 2010

My Experience

This Trail is technically not too bad, but physically it will tear you apart. I did this trail last year, and this year it was more strenuous than last year, more and deeper sand. The Poison Spider Mesa is pretty remote, and should not be taken lightly. The views are stunning, and the Portal section is just plain mental, any error on this section will definitely have severe consequences and even death. If you have any reservations about the Portal Trail, just do the ride as an Out and Back making the Portal the turn around point.

Conclussion

I love the Poison Spider Mesa and Portal Trail, this ride does not come easy, and if given the chance, it will tear you apart!!. My advice is to ride the Trail as a leisurely picnic and not a race. Chicken heads, Baby heads, 2 feet high dragons teeth, ankle deep sand, mental singletrack and 600 ft sheer drops will try and get you to hate this trail. There is absolutely no point at all trying to beat a world record on this trail, it just wont happen. Put your steed into granny gear, put a smile on your chops and just enjoy the scenery, and before you know it, 4 hours later you will be back where you started, and you will still have that big smile on your chops.

In my books the Poison Spider Mesa Trail and down the Portal Trail is an absolute must Moab ride.

Other Info:

Traffic on Trail : no one
Wild Life : who needs wildlife on a ride like this!?
Scenery : Absolutely Fantastic 360 degree 3D Scenery
Other : Bring LOTS of water on this one. The Portal should NOT be attempted by anyone with a fear of heights, people have died on this section

My Trail Rating : 9.5 / 10

mountain biking
Saturday, August 07, 2010

This trail is one of my favorites. If Mountain Biking, I strongly suggest doing Moab Rim via Hidden Valley. This review is based on the above.

My Experience

This is a fantastic ride with stunning Moab scenery. The ride actually starts with a brutal 20 min. climb / portage, but once at the top, it is fantastic ride. This trail does not attract the crowds like other Moab trails, and you will most likely have the place to yourself. However, on weekends you might see numerous Off Road 44 vehicles.

Conclussion

EXCELLENT fun and scenic ride with a remote feeling even though you are just miles from Moab, once on the Rim you feel like you are the only person on earth. Excellent Moab scenery. The climb and portage to Hidden Valley is brutal, but once that is behind you, its cool runnings.

Personally I DO NOT agree with the difficulty rating mentioned in the guide Books. Although the Downhill is absolutely mental, with a 22 grade, it is actually manageable, I have managed it myself with just 2 get offs. However, if anything goes wrong on the downhill it will probably cost you and your bike dearly.

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