Moab, Utah is home to some of the most spectacular, scenic and challenging mountain biking in the world. You will find a combo of beautiful red rock scenery and a variety of trails that draw fat-tire aficionados from all corners of the world. You can find everything from intimidating over-your-handlebar black-diamonds to smoother trails that allow beginners to ease in.
A great starting point for those new to a mountain bike saddle is the Brand Trails-- just a few miles north of Moab. The trail names, based on cattle brands, spell out Moab. The beginner terrain on the Bar M trail forms a loop that picks up the other trails along the way- including the Circle O Trail which is pure slickrock on Entrada sandstone. Those new to the sport should stick to the Bar M, Rusty Spur, and Lazy-EZ. Others require more experience when it comes to shifting and leg strength. Experts can take on Deadman's Ridge, Longbranch, and the "Killer B" descent off the Bar B loop.
Whether you are a beginner or looking for some guidance on the gnarly trails, hitching up with a guide adds piece of mind and can save you from taking a wrong turn. The company personalizes rides by sending you out on trails that match your ability. Guides with Rim Tours are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and also offer tips on ways to conquer the trails. Plus, they share history and insider info. about the trails.
One of the companies guides, Brooks Carter, instills confidence in riders. "Some people start out gripping the handlebars tightly and there knees knocking. With some instruction they start to feel comfortable and confident on the trails," says Brooks.
If you are a more experienced rider you may even cycle along trails designed and built by Brooks, who helps design trails throughout Moab through his involvement with a volunteer organization in town, Trail Mix. "For me, it's like a pay it forward deal, says Brooks. "It's like a puzzle. I look at Google Earth quite a bit and see areas that were conducive to trails. I am always dreaming up new ones," smiles Brooks. His trail designs include Mega Steps, EKG and Homer.
Pricing: Half Day Tours $90
Full Day Tours $180
(If you have your own bike subtract 20 dollars)