Navajo Rocks

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.29 out of 5
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Intermediate
18
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 2,400 ft
5,853
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Navajo Rocks is a brand-new trail system that, as of when this description was written (May 1, 2014), is less than a week old. Presently, only phase 1 has been opened, which consists of a 9-mile loop. Another loop has already been planned for this trail system
The current loop is comprised of a great deal of connect-the-dots slickrock riding, some sandy singletrack, two short doubletrack sections, and a .3-mile pavement connection. The trail passes by and on top of unique rock formations and geological features, including what feels like acres and acres of cryptobiotic soil! Keep singletrack single, and keep these areas pristine and beautiful for all of the visitors to the desert.
Right now, this loop is quite pedally, and doesn't have any big climbs or descents. Overall it is intermediate difficulty, with one or two tricky sections to keep you on your toes. If you're coming to Moab and don't want to ride beginner trails but you also don't want to die on the gnar, Navajo Rocks is a great choice!
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: While you were in Moab, did you ride the new Miners Loop in the Klondikes or the new trails in the Intrepid Trail System in Dead Horse Point State Park? -Guest

A: I did ride Miner's Loop, as well as the new Hymasa trail, but I still haven't personally made it to Dead Horse Point SP yet.... next time! If you want deets on Miner's or Hymasa, run a quick database search, and stay tuned for articles on all of these trails!

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Gnarly


April 27, 2017
 
Review: This is one of my favorite rides in Moab! You can do a figure 8 or half depending on how much your in for. There is some fun features to screw around on but nothing super gnarly. There are some great views and it is a great trail to get a feel for Moab riding!

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Granny Gear

November 29, 2016
 
Review: Rode several of NR trails the day after 0.5" of rain over Tgiving week Very good conditions and a great was to spend the day tooling around this network of trails.

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Gramcounter

June 19, 2016
bikecandy Gramcounter  
 
Review: Like the other trail systems along 313, Navajo Rock...well...rocks! They have done a great job designing these trails. And while there are short sections that are just a bit difficult to follow because of degrading paint on the rocks and missing trail-defining rocks/branches, the whole system is well marked with trail junction signs found practically everywhere in Moab now. Review from our ride that started at the parking area at the junction of Big Mesa and Ramblin:

Big Mesa - Spectacular riding in the shadow of the huge mesa of red rock. A very up and down trail with a few techy moves. This trail is dominated by the mesa that you ride next to, so it's aptly named.
Big Lonely - Big Mesa flows onto Big Lonely, and I'll have to admit that they did a good job of naming these trails. This trail is one of the most open of the bunch with smooth single track among sage and exposed, flat slickrock. I think this is the easiest trail of the system, but I mean that in a relaxing way and not one that means you shouldn't ride it.
Coney Island - Big Lonely crosses 313 to access Coney. I was expecting this to be the weak link in the system given the description on Utahmountainbiking.com, but it turned out to be probably the most fun downhill section of the loop! There is a short section of road that does not feel like 3 miles at all, and it morphs into fast singletrack that is just a blast. This trail turns more technical towards its junction with Rocky.
Rock Tops - I'd say that this trail was the most challenging of the four trails with some super steep rock climbs and exposure in several sections. The views are great and the tech sections shouldn't ruin anyone's enjoyment of the trail in total. Mostly rock riding as the name suggests once again.
Ramblin - Crossing 313 again at the end of Rocky takes you to Ramblin. This trail has probably the most pure slickrock riding (different in many ways to me that Rocky Tops), and it also a blast.

That loop came out to just under 18 miles with over 1,700ft. of climbing. Highly recommended system to explore when in Moab!

Similar Trail: Mag 7 and Horsetheif area trails in Moab

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Epic


October 8, 2015
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Like Greg, I struggled with whether to give this trail system 4 or 5 stars. It's good enough, I just couldn't leave it behind with the 4 star trails. It has great variety, lots of ups and downs, plenty of slickrock including at least one climb that rivals the biggie on the original slickrock trail (on Ramblin when riding clockwise), and no shortage of great scenery. There's always a new obstacle around every corner and they are all unique and entertaining. I can't wait to go back!

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Gramcounter

September 28, 2015
tammyvh Gramcounter  
 
Review: Run ride on mostly rock and some sandy spots. Can get pretty hot with little or no places for shade.

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Gnarly


June 23, 2015
 
Review: Slickrock, some technical, a little bit of flowy, some sand. The Blue rating is right on. Some awesome scenery. Each section is a bit different. Great place to ride when it's hot. The temp dropped more than 10 degrees from town.

Similar Trail: Brand Trails, Klondike

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Gnarly

May 23, 2015
UtPreacher Gnarly  
 
Review: Fun intermediate trail that can be ridden many different ways. At this point there are 5 trails total that make up this system: Big Mesa the Big lonely trail and coney Island are the new portions of the system on the western side and make another 10 mile loop if you decide to ride them in sequence. They of course were added to Rocky Tops and Ramblin which make up the Eastern Portion with basically 9 miles. If you ride the entire system it will make a 20 mile loop or you can ride the Eastern or the Western halves. I talked with a local guy who rides it a lot and he told me counter clockwise is the best way to ride it. Just because of it's location and so many other awesome trails I ranked it 4 stars. It is a blast to ride and it wasn't too crowded for the beginning of Memorial Day weekend.

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Gnarly


April 17, 2015
gregval Gnarly  
 
Review: First time on this original 9 mile loop; Ramblin and Rocky Tops. About 60% slickrock, although it was fairly smooth, with very little front-wheel-grabbing soft fine sand in the troughs. Not much elevation change, so not a killer.
If you like slickrock, this loop is a mellower version. But still will "beat you up" a bit.
My wife and I prefer the better flow of a dirt trail like those at Klonzo. However, I will at least try the other main loop that was finished late last year.

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Granny Gear

April 12, 2015
FatRide Granny Gear  
 
Review: A few sandy spots made me glad I was on my fat bike. My wife was on her 29er and did a little walking. The views were great and the riding was excellent. It will be interesting to see if the sand traps grow as this area gets more popular. I will be riding this again.

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Gramcounter

March 2, 2015
 
Review: Great new trail system and addition to the Moab area riding. It's apparent that the new trails were built with more modern building techniques. Lots of flow and fun, a few higher speed sections and of course, incredible views for most of the ride. This is now one of my top picks for the Moab area. Easy to access and tons of fun!

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