The 6 Best Moab Trails for Beginners and Casual Riders

Easy cruising between the rocks on the Jurassic Trail at Klondike Bluffs (photo: thesabins.com)
Easy cruising between the rocks on the Jurassic Trail at Klondike Bluffs (photo: thesabins.com)

LOWER KLONDIKE BLUFFS

The last entry on our list of easy-but-fun Moab rides is the seemingly ever-growing Klondike Bluffs trail system.  Comprised of no less than 17 individually named trails, the area could be a little confusing to the new rider, but orientation really isn’t all that difficult.  Think of the network as a ladder running from southeast to northwest.  The long trails are the side legs of the ladder, while there are shorter connector trails between the long legs at almost regular intervals, kind of like rungs on the ladder.  The eastern leg has the more difficult trails running along the top of the Klondike bluffs.  The good news for novice riders is that there are actually multiple legs on the west end running closely parallel and easily connected into a very nice novice loop.  Combining Jurassic, Jasper and Agate into one leg and returning on Dino Flow makes for a great beginner ride.

Stepping it up:  If the aforementioned loop leaves you wanting more, go ahead and make the hop up to the next leg, EKG (so named because its path resembles the printout from an electrocardiogram).  You will step up to some intermediate riding without throwing yourself into danger or panic.  If that goes well, feel free to head up top, knowing that dome dismounts may be necessary for an unskilled rider.  It’s easy to rack up the miles here, so be mindful of carrying enough water and knowing your physical limits and how quickly you can get back to your car from anywhere in the network.

Author and son take a break from the fun in the sun to pause for a pose on their first Dead Horse Point excursion (photo: Lisa Fisch)
Author and son take a break from the fun in the sun to pause for a pose on their first Dead Horse Point excursion (photo: Lisa Fisch)

The whole key here is that, no matter who you are, or who you’re traveling with, you shouldn’t let Moab’s well earned reputation for advanced riding deter you.  Anybody can have a great Moab experience.  But beware; once you go, you’ll want to go back . . . again, and again, and again.  But that’s okay; the place is guaranteed to grow with you just as it grows on you.

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