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Intrepid Trail System, Dead Horse Point State Park

Photo courtesy of Utah State Parks

 

While the Intrepid Trail can be biked or hiked, itís definitely more fun on two wheels. The trail features three loops ó the mile-long Intrepid, the 4.2-mile Great Pyramid, and the 9-mile Big Chief, which, at its furthest point, actually goes outside the park boundaries. Most of the trail is single-track dirt or sand with very little elevation gain, although there are segments that will challenge novice riders due to the combination of twisting turns and uphills mixed with soft sand. Itís well-marked, so there is no danger of becoming lost, and spectacular views of the Colorado River line the route. Portions of the trail are paved ó remnants of an older trail ó which allow for easy cruising especially if you go counterclockwise. Itís a ride appropriate for small children, but only if they have done some mountain biking. If youíre in the area, either visiting Moab or Canyonlands (which is only a few miles further down the road), itís a quick, easy ride with fabulous scenery. -Anne Wilson

Getting there: This new bike trail begins and ends at the parking lot at Dead Horse Point State Park northwest of Moab. To get to the park, take the turnoff from Highway 191 onto SR 313 and go approximately 20 miles.

 

-- Amy Lewis, Anne Wilson

Region: Southeast Utah

Destination: Intrepid Trail

Distance: 1.1 to 9 miles

Time: 30 to 90 minutes

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Dog Allowed: Yes, on leash

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 1
 

 

First published 2009-06-28