This is a great out and back flat ride for families or just to get some training miles. As it is an out and back ride, you can go as far as you want and turn around. The ride is 33.4 miles from the Junction on route 191 and route 279, to add almost 5 miles, ride the Moab Paved Pathway from town.With almost no elevation gain this is a nice cruiser for distance. Be aware that the Potash Mine, along the ride, hauls potash in semi trucks so be aware of their presence.
What Makes It Great
This is a 33.4 to 38 mile out and back ride with little to no elevation gain. Route 279 is along the Scenic Colorado River and has many interesting sites to view along the way. The first will be Moab’s most popular climbing area, Wall Street, 4.4 miles along Potash Road. At the end of the climbing, look for signs for Petroglyphs and admire the panels, read the information signs for their history.
A few miles further, watch for signs for Poison Spider Mesa/Dinosaur Tracks. At 10 miles from the junction of 191 and 279 is the trailhead for Corona Arch. If you had hiking shoes and enough water, add this 3-mile round trip hike as a side trip.
Between this parking area and the Potash Mine is Jug Handle Arch, a 46 foot high by 3 foot wide opening. Turn around a mile or so after the Potash mine where the pavement ends at the Colorado River boat ramp.
Who is Going to Love It
This is a great out and back ride for all levels as you can chose your distance. It is a flat ride along the Colorado River with spectacular scenery. It’s a great family ride or perfect for a flat cover mileage ride. Make sure you bring enough water, watch out for the heat and the semi trucks used to haul potash.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The traditional ride of 33.4 miles starts at the junction of 191 and 279, known as Potash road. It is 2.3 miles north of Moab. Your car needs to be off the road, not sticking out over the line. There are other options for parking along 191 south of the Potash Road and at the Junction of 128 at the Lions Park Trail Hub 2.3 miles towards town.