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Biking in Manti-La Sal National Forest

The La Sal Mountains house a growing network of connecting trails. The cooler temperatures, alpine trails in varying degrees of difficulty, fewer crowds, woodsy smells are irresistible. Plus, the phenomenal views of majestic peaks above and the contrast of red Moab below, makes the La Sal Mountains a bikers paradise.

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Mountain Biking in the La Sal Mountains

Some of the most phenomenal mountain bike trails begin in the La Sal Mountains. If you’re looking for a way to beat the summer heat and still get on an incredible ride, take a spin on some of these recommended rides.

Burro Pass Trail (10 miles approx) Difficult

Depending on your vehicle and ambition level, you can begin the trail at Geyser Pass, Oowah Lake, or the Burro Pass Road. This trail as a steep ascent that covers Jeep trails and singletrack.

Clark Lake and Moonlight Meadows Trail (10.8 miles) Difficult

A classic La Sal Mountains ride, achieves an altitude of 10,500 feet and features difficult, narrow singletrack.

Hazard County Trail (5 miles) Intermediate

Fun downhill ride with great views, and hairpin turns through some sections.

Squaw Springs Trail (Approximately 4.3 miles) Moderate

Single-track trails, steep ascents and descents and technical terrain. It has spectacular views of the area and you can take a deserved break at the Squaw Springs.

Upper Porcupine/Slickrock (UPS) Trail (Approximately 3 miles) Difficult

This is a difficult single-track trail with steep descents, patches of slickrock, and, of course, magnificent views.

Warner Lake/Beaver Basin Trail (5.1 miles) Difficult

This trail is favored by hikers, bikers and equestrians. About 1 mile of single tracks at about 9,300’ of elevation.

Whole Enchilada Trail (Approximately 26.2) Difficult

This iconic single track trail starts at the Burro Pass Trailhead, merges with the Kokopelli Trail, and ends at the Colorado River via Porcupine Rim. Recommended for the more advanced mountain bikers.

Road biking in the La-Sal Mountains

The La Sal Loop Road is a 62 mile challenging loop with outstanding views of the La Sal Mountains, red rock formations, Castle Valley, Moab, and the Colorado River. The highest elevation reached is about 8,300’. Along the road you will see several types of vegetation: desert shrubs in the lower elevation and aspens and Pinion pines the higher you reach.

Be prepared with everything you may need as there are no services (only a few portable toilets along the way), and cell phone reception is irregular and inconsistent.

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