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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Moab Bike Trails - Dirt and Paved

Moab is famous for its rugged mountain bike trails and scenic road bike routes. Not as well known are its fabulous paved bike routes. A new one has just opened, running along Hwy 128 between Moab and Negro Bill Canyon.

The Deseret News has a great new article featuring this and other new trails. Below are excerpts.

Since 2010, Moab trail planners have added more than 75 miles of new dirt trails and 15 miles of paved pathways.

Pavement links bikers from Moab to Arches National Park. It also connects them to wide, paved shoulders on state Route 313 that are designated as bike lanes. Bicyclists can safely pedal dozens of miles, all the way from downtown Moab to Dead Horse Point State Park and to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park.

The crème de la crème of Moab's paved pathways is an elaborate, expensive bike trail connecting the city to a popular hiking trail in Negro Bill Canyon.

Just completed at a cost of $9 million, the 2 ½-mile trail parallels state Route 128 on its meandering route through the Colorado River canyon. Long bridges or causeways had to be built to hold the paved path next to the highway. That's because the roadway is hemmed in by a towering cliff on one side and a sharp dropoff to the river on the other side.

At nearby Dead Horse State Park, the Intrepid Trail System has been expanded to provide more excellent riding. The video below highlights that work.

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