Road riding from Moab to Dead Horse Point is a 41 mile one way trip. It utilizes the Moab Canyon paved trail between the Colorado River, north of town to the intersection of route 313 where the paved trail ends and the ride continues along route 313 to Dead Horse Point State Park. It is a long strenuous ride with some big climbs and incredible scenery.
What Makes It Great
Riding from Moab (4025 ft.) to Dead Horse Point (5900 ft.) is 41 miles one way. Starting in Moab, on a paved trail alongside route 191 you cross the Colorado River and pass Arches National Park, then climb through Moab Canyon on the new paved trail to the junction of route 313 where the trail ends. At this point, it is a road ride and it is 24 miles to Dead Horse State Park. At this point, the substantial climbing begins, and so do the views. Off the right are Monitor and Merrimack buttresses. The view of Henry Mountains, the Abajos and the La Sal Mountain ranges improves as you ascend the climb. From there, it’s high desert riding until you reach Dead Horse Point State Park. The Point is a few miles from the prize, a sweeping view of the Colorado River below and geology that will make you gasp.
There is no natural water along the way but there is water at the Dead Horse Point State Park visitor’s center and there are bathrooms at some of the pullouts.
Who is Going to Love It
This is a ride for a serious cyclist wanting mileage. It is an out and back ride, so you could chose how far you want to go and turn around. There are substantial climbs on this route. This would be an ideal ride for spring and fall while temperatures are moderate.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are several places to start this ride, all changing the distance. Park in town, at the visitor’s center and ride from there. There is also parking at the Lion’s Park Trail Huba mile north of town. Or, there is parking at the junction of 191, the road that runs from I-70 to Moab and 313, the road that heads to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.
There is a $2 fee for cyclists to enter Dead Horse Point State Park.