Top three reasons to go mountain biking in Navajo Rocks
Enjoy Navajo Rocks’ excellent flow and technical riding
Check out one of Moab’s latest and most popular rides
Wide variety of tracks and great views to keep things exciting
When the metaphorical gates of Navajo Rocks were first opened in 2014, cyclists rushed to Moab to see what all the fuss was about. And they weren’t disappointed. Although quite energy-draining and “pedally”, the trail gained quite a following for its excellent mix of dirt and slickrock, abundance of technical challenges, and extensive downhill sections. The trail also touches upon many unique geological features, adding to its Moab flare, and it provides stunning views of the nearby Merrimac Buttes and the La Sal Mountains. Navajo Rocks is a must for any intermediate cyclist who doesn’t mind getting down and dirty. Find out more about the best mountain biking trails in Moab from Lily Krass, backcountry skier, mountain biker, hiker, and Jackson Hole local.
March through June, September through November
Moab, UT is 30min away from Navajo Rocks
Intermediate to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Navajo Rocks Half-Day Standard Tour
Experience unique trails, gorgeous slickrock terrain, and twisting and turning dirt singletrack in this 4-5 hour tour of Navajo Rocks, Moab. Jump on your mountain bike for a full morning of riding the upper end of Sevenmile canyon and taking in some magnificent vistas. An expert local guide will make sure you experience Moab’s latest blockbuster riding area in the best possible way.
Navajo Rocks Half-day Private Tour
Does a morning of challenging Moab riding with some friends and family sound right up your alley? Then this mountain biking tour is made for you. Take on the newly opened Navajo Rocks with a seasoned local guide and find out why the trail’s complex and thrilling slickrock riding has been rapidly gaining in popularity. Phenomenal views of the Monitor and Merrimac Buttes with the La Sal Mountains as the backdrop are just a bonus!
Navajo Rocks Full-day Standard Tour
Are you one of those people that can never get enough scenic mountain rides and great vistas? If so, don’t miss this 6+ hour MTB tour of Navajo Rocks. Opened in 2014, Navajo Rocks has quickly become very popular for its challenging slickrock and dirt singletrack riding. The extensive and diverse trails and abundance of monumental scenery make riding Navajo Rocks an ideal full-day experience!
Navajo Rocks Full-day Private Tour
Enjoy a full day of riding the Rocks with your close ones in this private adventure! Head to one of Utah’s stunning attractions, the Navajo Rocks trail system, and test your technical prowess on some stunning slickrock and twisting dirt singletrack. Marvel at the soaring views of Merrimac Buttes and the Monitor and find out what the Sevenmile Canyon has in store for you!
Meet your guide
Mountain Bike Guides
We did a half-day tour with Rim Tours guide Brooks. He plotted a great, predominantly intermediate ride for my wife and me. We shuttled to Mag 7 then rode 17 miles of mixed terrain, all singletrack, and slickrock, through Horsethief and to Navajo Rocks. Our only complaint is that we had so much fun we didn’t take enough pictures. Rim tours office staff is also kind enough to spend some time on the phone with us to suggest where we should take the kids on a self-guided MTB trip with the kiddos. I would highly recommend Rim Tours to give you the best possible experience on the trails of Moab!
My 15-yr old daughter and I went on the half-day intermediate Navajo Rocks tour.
Our guide, Colin, picked us up at our hotel at 0700 sharp and did a great job in looking after us both in setting the pace of the ride and pointing out features of the history and landscape.
He drove us to the start of the trail (approx. 20 min NW of Moab) and took us through the basics of the bikes. The trail was a very nice balance of slick rock and single trail (gravel and hard-pack dirt) which we could easily handle with the soft-tail Santa Cruz MTB’s provided by Rim Tours. My daughter and I are not advanced MTB riders but the level suited us just fine both in terms of the technicality of the trail and amount of climbing (see stats below). For beginners and more advanced riders, Rim Tours offers alternative tours and tours. As a bonus, when we got back to the truck, Colin let me ride the Ramblin Trail solo and picked me up at the East parking area. In total (incl. Ramblin’), the ride was 22km and 440m of cumulative climbing. The scenery was AMAZING – both in riding around and very close to Big Mesa and with views of both Arches and Canyon Lands National Parks. Would highly recommend going with RimTours.
A friend and I did a half-day mountain bike tour of the Navajo Rocks area of Moab with Rim Tours. David was our guide. It was our first time and thank goodness David convinced us to the Navajo Rocks ride rather than the Splitrock trail ride that we were signed up for. The Navajo Rocks ride was just technical and strenuous enough. David is a pro. Very knowledgeable and super friendly and accommodating. A great time all around. Rim Tours is awesome to deal with as well. We will definitely be back to do Splitrock.
Things to know
Covid measures in Navajo Rocks, 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 Navajo Rocks, 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
- Transportation to the trailhead
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Moab
- Bike rentals — you can rent a bike for an extra fee of $25
- Bike insurance — 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 4 and 6 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?
Here’s what you should bring:
- 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 jeans.
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.
Mountain biking in Navajo Rocks 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 Navajo Rocks, 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.