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Level: Intermediate
Length: 18 mi (29 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +537/553 ft
Total: 138 riders

Mountain Biking Navajo Rocks

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#26 of 698 mountain bike trails in Utah
#692 in the world

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!

First added by Greg Heil on May 1, 2014. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Off of Hwy 313
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Rider questions

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?
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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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Great trail system that can be ridden in variety of configuration. Easy climbs, fun downhills and open for riding when other trails still wet

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  • kLallier

    Amazing terrain, very unique riding unlike anything I have done anywhere else. Moab lives up to its reputation, if you have never been, you need to get here!

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  • stillfat

    No debate for me whether to give four or five stars - five hands down. Definitely discovered - a lot of bikers out there and for good reason.

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  • hmh

    Most fun trail I rode in Moab. Ramblin has some amazing dh and rocky tops has some fun tech, along with amazing views, some Cliffside riding, and slickrock. I would 10/10 recommend this trail, as you can go for as long as you want and it is purely amazing.

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  • Colton Lock

    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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  • mikegmunson

    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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  • bikecandy

    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!

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  • kuala_tahan
    Reviewing Big Lonely:

    Rode just this stretch of trail as a quick out and back before heading home. Good for that, pretty mellow, some fun slickrock riding with a bit of desert singletrack thrown in. Nothing mindblowing, but fun nonetheless.

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  • John Fisch

    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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  • tammyvh

    Run ride on mostly rock and some sandy spots. Can get pretty hot with little or no places for shade.

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  • Groomster62

    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.

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  • UtPreacher

    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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  • gregval   ✓ supporter

    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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  • FatRide

    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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  • Daniel Sapp

    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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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Rocky Tops:

    While this section of trail is, on average, harder than Ramblin', it's still not black diamond-level... especially not on Moab standards. However, this is still a fantastic ride with awesome views, great cliff exposure, and fun singletrack.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    I went back and forth about what rating to give this trail. Part of me wanted to give it a 5 (and if it was located in another part of the country, it would probably warrant 5 stars), but compared to all of the other 5-star rides in Moab, it's just not as good. At least, not yet: this is only 1 of the 2 loops planned for this trail system, so it can only get better!

    When I rode it, the trail was so new that the singletrack sections were still quite soft and loose. I imagine that with time and more traffic, the singletrack portions will get firmer and flowier... I'll need to come back!

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