The Slickrock Trail – Moab, Utah

Slickrock mountain biking trail, Moab, Utah

Moab has some awesome mountain biking trails and Moab’s Slickrock Trail is considered by many to be one of America’s most famous.

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Length:  10.5 miles (Additional 1.7 miles for Practice Loop)
Trailhead(s):  Slickrock Bike Trail Trailhead, Sand Flats Recreational Area
Elevation Gain:  1860’
Trail Type:  Circuit
Dogs:  Allowed
Difficulty:  Advanced with Expert Sections
Permit Required?  No
Considerations:  $5 Fee
Season:  Mid-February to November


Moab has some awesome mountain bike trails and the Slickrock Trail is perhaps the most famous.  In fact, many consider it to be one of America’s most famous mountain bike trails.  Whether it is or not, it will be a truly unique experience for most riders.

The ride is completely on slickrock, which is a smooth rock surface (see photos below).  Dotted white lines are painted on the rocks to enable riders to follow the trail.  There is a practice loop which is highly recommended for new riders to the trail so they can determine whether they have the skills to follow the main trail.  That said, the main trail has some features that are considered “expert” and can be difficult to walk with a bike due to the steepness of the associated terrain, so be aware.

Bottom-line:  For those with the skills to ride the Slickrock Trail, it is an amazing experience.  The ups, downs, and technical aspects of the trail make it both challenging and a complete blast.  The scenery, with the La Sal mountains in the background, red slickrock under tire, and amazing views of Moab below, is mind blowing.  If you head to Moab, check this one off the bucket list!

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Additional Information

  • Trailforks Interactive Trail Map Link:

  • Bureau of Land Management Information:

  • Sand Flats Recreational Area Visitors Guide:

Trailforks Interactive Trail Map:

Sand Flats Recreation Area on

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