Intrepid Trail: Big Chief Loop

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Dead Horse Point State Park

Intrepid Trail: Big Chief Loop is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 501 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

5 months ago

Did it yesterday! Great hike! I was all alone, which was very peaceful

hiking
7 months ago

Easy as far as mountain biking goes but great views and on a rented bike with my novice riding wife it was a win all around. Also be sure to grab lunch at stand in parking lot awesome sandwich

hiking
8 months ago

This is primarily a bike trail. The first 3 miles is along the canyon rim with good views into to canyon. The trail is not difficult. I rate this part 3 stars. The loop trail back is a path through a field and I rate this part 1 star. I would recommend to take the same path back as you took out and forget the loop. I measured 8.5 miles using All Trails.

mountain biking
9 months ago

I wish I'd had time to do a little more mountain biking in the area, but this trail is great. It is not the most technical trail, which is what I wanted. The views are great. By getting there early in the morning, I didn't see another person.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

great trail with beautiful overlooks. Not much shade. Trails were clearly marked and no trails went very close to and ledges or drop offs. Went early in the morning and there were only a couple mountain bikers on the trail. No water on the trail, so bring plenty. Saw deer, lizards and a bunny.

mountain biking
Sun Jun 17 2018

The hardest part was the first .3 mile from the trailhead, then it got fun. The views were great with places to park your bike and walk to the overlook. The trails were clearly marked with maps at the crossroads.

Sat Apr 28 2018

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

hiking
Tue Oct 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
Sat Sep 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 :)

mountain biking
Fri 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
Thu Jul 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
Wed Jun 24 2015

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

mountain biking
Sun Dec 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.

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