Top three reasons to mountain bike in Dead Horse Point
Rolling terrain, short climbs, and fun cruising sections provide outstanding variety
Altitudes of over 2,000 feet guarantee spectacular views of the Colorado river
The nine-mile Big Chief will satisfy anyone looking for a challenge
It’s a well-known fact that Moab offers some of the best mountain biking in North America. From simple introductory cruises to hardcore technical trails, Moab never leaves anyone disappointed. And even in such a lauded area, Dead Horse Point stands out as one of the very best intermediate singletrack rides, which is quite an accolade. Those looking for a relatively forgiving but infinitely rewarding mountain biking tour are in luck! With Great Pyramid’s outstanding contours and ever-changing scenery, Big Chief trail’s “alligator back” rock riding, and Whiptail’s spectacular views, riding Dead Horse Point is a dynamic and enjoyable experience you’ll recommend to all of your friends. Find out why Moab is one of the best MTB places in Utah from Katherine Peach, hiker, backcountry skier, mountain biker, packrafter, and Aspen local.
March through June, September through November
Moab, UT, is 40min away from Dead Horse Point
Intermediate to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Dead Horse Point Half-Day Standard Tour
Experience riding Dead Horse Point, one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks, with an experienced guide in this half-day mountain biking tour. Spend an adrenaline-filled morning riding the Intrepid Trail and conquering Dead Horse Point’s stunning singletrack. This tour will serve as a perfect introduction to slickrock riding in Moab for those looking to become more versatile mountain bikers!
Dead Horse Point Half-Day Private Tour
Get a great taste of what mountain biking in Moab is all about in this private half-day mountain biking tour of Dead Horse Point. Enjoy a 2,000-feet-high ride on Intrepid Trail’s level terrain and mild slopes and take in some spectacular views of the Colorado River and the Canyonlands National Park. Your expert local guide will make sure the experience is fully tailored to you and your group and that your tour goes by without a hitch.
Dead Horse Point Full-Day Standard Tour
Enjoy a full day of riding Dead Horse Point’s stunning tracks and admiring the panoramic views of its sculpted pinnacles and buttes with this tour. A professional guide will keep you safe and provide you with technical tips to improve your riding. Head out to the Intrepid trail, have lunch at the park’s main viewpoint, and challenge yourself on the Twisted Tree and Prickly Pear trail segments.
Dead Horse Point Full-Day Private Tour
At a height of 2,000 feet, the riding at Dead Horse Point is scenic and thrilling. Enjoy a full day of traversing excellent slickrock on this private tour of Dead Horse Point’s best trails. Your tour will be fully customized by your guides, who will make sure you experience the best that Dead Horse Point has to offer. And if you wish to push yourself to the limit, finish your day on the challenging Twisted Tree and Prickly Pear trail segments on the west side of the park. Excitement and great views await!
Meet your guide
Mountain Bike Guides
We rode this on July 30 and it was great. Mike with Rim Tours did an excellent job as our guide. He is very knowledgeable and encouraging. The four of us had varying levels of age and experience, and Mike was able to give each of us some tips and tricks to make us better riders. The Santa Cruz bikes were also great. We would definitely do this again.
Awesome guided MTB trail riding led by Melissa B who catered to our group’s varying skill levels from newbie to experienced. We all had a blast. Great bikes, amazing scenery. Cannot recommend it enough.
Our group of 4 did this tour on May 30th and it was amazing! Noel and Beth were our guides and they were extremely knowledgeable and patient. The entire group consisted of 8 riders with different skill levels and that was not an issue. 1/2 way through the tour they offered to split the group in 2 and that was perfect as our group of 4 was running out of steam. The bikes provided were excellent and in top shape, full suspension, and easy to ride. Beth and Noel went through all the bike’s features, prior to commencing the ride for those who were less experienced or unfamiliar. Absolutely a great tour, with fun people in a beautiful location! I highly recommend this tour with Rim Tour Guides. Keep up the good work!
As mountain bike trails go, this one is pretty easy and the scenery is gorgeous. As a mid-fifties intermediate mountain biker, I found it to be one of the most enjoyable rides of my life.
That said, there are a few fairly steep sections that require the rider to either lean way far forward (going up) or get well behind the seat post (going down) and are pretty challenging for riders who aren’t in good shape. The guide (Beth) was great, helping the inexperienced riders through the occasional rough patch while allowing the more experienced riders to take more challenging paths. The bikes are great too, being Santa Cruz carbon full-suspension models in great condition.
Things to know
Covid measures in Dead Horse Point, Utah
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Dead Horse Point, Utah, please refer to the official Utah COVID-19 update website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Mountain bike, helmet, and hydration pack
- Lunch for the Full-Day tours
What’s not included:
- Lunch for half-day tours
- Bike rentals — you can rent a bike for an extra fee of $25
- Bike insurance ($15) — optional
- Food and snacks
If you have your own bike, feel free to bring it with you. If not, you can rent an aluminum frame bike for $25 or upgrade it to a Tier 2 carbon frame bike for $40.
How fit do I need to be?
These tours are suitable for riders with good to excellent fitness levels. You will need to be able to bike between four and eight hours, depending on the itinerary you choose. After booking, your guide will determine the group’s skill level and capabilities and cater the day to your specific abilities. Keep in mind, opting for the full-day option means more biking, which is strenuous even if you stay on easier trails.
What if I’ve never biked before?
Previous mountain bike experience is recommended. Trail surfaces may include uneven terrain and narrow trails, singletrack, with occasional obstacles (roots, rocks, sand). Hills and descents are moderate to strenuous and require some skill. Riders with minimal mountain bike experience but who have road biking skills or a strong fitness level, along with an adventurous spirit, should be suitable for these tours.
What about required equipment?
- Wear comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle, or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Bike repair kit
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jean
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these tours is usually between 1-6 people with one guide.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
- Standard tours require a minimum of 2 people to run. If you are a party of one, and if you are willing to pay the solo rate, your guide guarantees that your tour will run — even if you end up being the only person on it.
Mountain biking in Dead Horse Point can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Dead Horse Point, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, you can take a shuttle or rent a car for a 4,5-hour drive to Moab. You can also fly into Denver International Airport and take a direct local flight to Moab, or take a local flight to Grand Junction Colorado Airport and rent a car or take a shuttle for a 2-hour drive to Moab.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Moab or a predetermined location.