Intrepid Trail System, 16.6 miles of single-track mountain biking trails in Dead Horse Point State Park is the perfect place for families, and beginning to intermediate riders to see beautiful scenery and have some fun.
The first version of the Intrepid Trail mountain biking system began in 2009 with a generous grant from Intrepid Potash Inc; in 2014, a total of 16.6 mile of single-track mountain biking trails opened. These trails are great - perfect for families with children, riders new to the desert and experienced riders who want to have some fun and see great views.
What Makes It Great
There are few accessible views as dramatic and sweeping as from Dead Horse State Park. The park opened in 1959 and has been in the business of “family fun” since. In 2009, Intrepid Potash Inc.,whose ponds are visible from Dead Horse Point State Park sponsored the building of single-track mountain biking trails within the park. In 2014, more trails were sponsored totally 16.6 miles of loops with varying degrees of difficulty. Maps are for sale at the visitor’s center for $2 dollars. The trails and their difficulty are well marked. Short detours to views are also marked. This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon mountain biking and then head to the point for a panoramic view of the sunset over a dramatic view of the Colorado Plateau in all it’s glory, the Colorado River 2000 feet below and the La Sal Mountains to the east.
Dead Horse Point State Park is 32 miles from Moab. If you stay for the sunset, make note of how vast an area void of light noise, not something we see often in today’s world.
Who is Going to Love It
Everyone! There is nothing not to love. Gorgeous views, well built trails with varying levels of difficulty. It’s perfect for families, very child friendly. If you go with children, take them to the visitor’s center and do “the pledge” with the ranger, if you do not know what the pledge is, it’s time to learn.
Desert riding is a different world than most trail systems people are used to. There is sand,slickrock, drop-offs and step-ups. This is the perfect trail system to get used to the desert before heading out on some of the harder trails the Moab area has to offer.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Head north of Moab on route 191 and take a left on route 313 heading west towards Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Park. Drive 14 miles and follow the signs to turn left toward Dead Horse Point.
In four miles you will reach the entrance gate, entry fee ($10 per car in 2014) the visitor center and entrance to the trail system is two miles past the entrance gate. The park is open from 6am to10pm. The trailhead is at the north end of the parking lot.