What a day we had on our bikes – not one day, but two days actually! While the one-road town of Moab (pop: 5,000) is definitely a tourist town because of its proximity to two national parks [although I believe the marketing materials for Moab refer to it as a resort town], it also draws visitors into the area because of the unique terrain through which miles and miles of world-class trails have been created for outdoor adventure activities such as four-wheeling and mountain biking.
We were amazed at just how many different biking areas have been developed here – from easier, more scenic trails suitable for most people who own a bike, to world-famous, highly technical crazy stuff. We were directed to a couple of trail systems and found one, in particular, to our liking. In a word, it was spectacular! MOAB Brands features 30+ miles of biking trails adjacent to Arches National Park, and in fact, when biking on some of the backside trails, the arches of Arches can be seen in the distance!
We would definitely categorize ourselves as road cyclists, not mountain bikers, although we brought our mountain bikes with us on our Out There journey knowing we would have more opportunities to mountain bike than to cycle on smooth roads. After 11+ miles of biking on each of the two days we came out here, we knew our ol’ bodies would be feelin’ it later, but we sure had a lot of fun while on these trails! The public lands in Utah are a treasure, and we have already booked a stay here at this same time next year to come back for some more outdoor recreation and adventures!