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    Quote Originally Posted by Horup
    I'm going to Moab around the 20th-21th of april. I'll probably arrive in the afternoon and then have one or two full days before we have to move on.
    I think that I'll go with a guide on 2 day tours (it's always more fun to ride with someone, than riding alone + i wanna ride the best trails).

    My questions are:
    - should I reserve a bike and make and appointment in advance?
    - should I reserve hotel/motel in advance?
    - Is it possible to rent helmet, shoes etc?

    Ps: I'm from Denmark and have been dreaming of this since I started mountainbiking many years ago, and now I have the chance! Can't wait to go
    I would strongly recommend reserving a bike and motel. I'm not sure about renting helmets, shoes etc. I've only been to Moab once for a week and it was as good if not better than everyone raves about. Hope you have a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horup
    I'm going to Moab around the 20th-21th of april. I'll probably arrive in the afternoon and then have one or two full days before we have to move on.
    I think that I'll go with a guide on 2 day tours (it's always more fun to ride with someone, than riding alone + i wanna ride the best trails).

    My questions are:
    - should I reserve a bike and make and appointment in advance?
    - should I reserve hotel/motel in advance?
    - Is it possible to rent helmet, shoes etc?

    Ps: I'm from Denmark and have been dreaming of this since I started mountainbiking many years ago, and now I have the chance! Can't wait to go
    If you are planning to do day tours, you don't need to worry about reserving a bike. You should be able to rent a bike from the company offering the tour. I would start checking into the tours now though.

    You should DEFINITELY reserve your room in advance. Luckily you're planning on weekdays. It will still be busy though. Reserve ASAP.

    A helmet will be included with any bike you rent. I don't believe anyone in Moab rents cycling shoes.

    Have fun,

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    Sorry in advanced if this has been covered, I checked through the postings...is there a bike friendly motel that allows the bikes inside the room? I have glanced at the motels and notice that they have secured bike storage, but don't mention if you can put them in the room. Thanks for your help.

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    Silver Sage Inn. Dude that runs the place is really cool!

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    rustic inn

    We stayed at the Rustic Inn based in the center of town. Really nice place, relatively cheap and they allow bikes in the room. They even had a sheet for my bike in the room
    It was pretty difficult to find a place to stay, so I'd recommend booking in advance - luckily we came just between the easter jeep weekend and some kind of car show, so we were able to get a place to stay after trying 3-4 different inns...

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    How sad about the spring being shut down! Is it still closed? Permanently?
    I used to fill up there in the early 90's!
    Bummer.
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    She used to clean the whole trail.

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    Read the thread. Got my Lat 40 map. Been doing a lot of research...BUT

    Please name specific trails that are good for the HOT weather? I will be there this coming week and Utah's first warm front is hitting : ( SO, I've got a few days of 90 deg temps before it cools back down into the 80's.

    I need two days worth of riding in the 90's.

    Your help is greatly appreciated. thx. BQ
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    Great thread and info, thanks!

    I was looking to camp at Big Bend (tent) this weekend, or am I kidding myself? Will all the camping right around Moab be filled up?

    Also, any problems with snakes / scopions at campgrounds, generally?

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    To answer my own question and help others, when it's hot in Moab you can find free camping up in the National Forest and because of the higher altitude it's much cooler, about 15deg. It's a long drive up, but I think it's well worth it. It was 97deg in Moab and at our campsite it was 79deg! From there you can hit the LPS/UPS, Kokepelli, Hazard trails which are all fun in their own ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bquinn
    To answer my own question and help others, when it's hot in Moab you can find free camping up in the National Forest and because of the higher altitude it's much cooler, about 15deg. It's a long drive up, but I think it's well worth it. It was 97deg in Moab and at our campsite it was 79deg! From there you can hit the LPS/UPS, Kokepelli, Hazard trails which are all fun in their own ways.
    Where exactly are you talking about camping in the national forest? Warner lake? I am headed out on June 16th for a week and we are looking for a cooler camp spot.
    Thanks

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    camping moab

    Warner Lake, sure, or Oowah lake. take some mosquito repellant, it's that time of year. Great camping high on sand flats road, in the vicinity of where ups and lps meet...
    Nights may not be that hot in June, and it's dry heat, the desert evening in June is the best!
    If you're gonna be in the camp during the day, take your own shade in some form or another, that will help.

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    July visit

    I'm driving down to Arizona from Seattle to mountain bike in Flagstaff and visit friends in Sedona & Phoenix, 6/27 - 7/5. I thought I would stop in Moab for 2 days and ride around. It seems I will have to ride between dawn (6am) and be off the trail before 9 or 10am. I have a 3L camelbak and two 20oz water bottles.

    Looking for good rides to do in this timeframe. I'm from the Northwest, my favorite types of rides are 1) ride up big mountain, singletrack down and 2) rolling hills. Would be open to a guided ride if it wasn't incredibly expensive. I'm comfortable with technical trails and I'm in good shape.
    Really, though, I'll be happy with anything that gives me a good workout and lets me see a little of the amazing scenery.

    Currently reading Lee Bridger's "Mountain Biking Moab," 2/5 sections so far. I've flagged his Klondike Bluffs and Arches Loop. Any insight on those? I'll come back and post some more here once I've flagged some more.

    Tent camping for 2 nights, I heard the nights are awesome out there in the summer. Thanks!

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    Manuelw Im in sort of the same boat. Im going to passing right by moab this month on my way out to LA then coming right back by it on my way back in September. You riding by yourself? Im leaning more towards september as hopefully it wont be quite so hott.


    This next bits more for any one to answer


    I had the thought to do slick rock by myself, Im a fairly strong rider but am hesitant to go it alone. Never ridden the trail or been to moab. I assumed it being sucha famous trail that it wouldnt be much of a problem to just fall in with another group of riders.

    On that note any one know of any local groups or bike shops I could contact to see if any one wants to go for a ride?

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    Update - road trip canceled. I just found out my Subaru's head gasket is leaking pretty badly, so no 3,000 mile road trips into the desert for me. Maybe in the fall or next spring.

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    I don't know of any groups. I would just go to the trailhead at 8 a.m. In september dozens of people will be riding the trail on any given morning, there should be someone to hook up with.
    The later in the year and the earlier in the morning you ride, the better, due to heat.
    Close to the time you're coming to moab, drop me a PM, and if I'm not working that day maybe we can ride it together.
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    If anyone is paying attention to this thread ...

    I am planning to head out to Moab from Summit County, CO either this weekend or early/mid next week. I am definitely going to camp, because I love it and it's easier on the wallet. Now, it's currently 3:39am, and I have been reading, researching and looking over oodles of websites. My eyes are beginning to blur, and I think I still have some questions.

    Camping means no shower facilities. Yet, I may like to rinse off, if I am going to sit down at the brewery to sample and grub. I saw someone mentioned that the Poison Spider bike shop had showers that you could pay to use. Is that still the case? Also, do they have a hose that riders can use to wash bikes? If not there, is there a place where you can hose down a bike?

    I have read how there isn't any free dispersed camping within 10miles of town any longer. Someone mentioned free camping in the NF land. What road takes me to the NF land, and how far away from town is it?

    If I stay in a BLM campground with a site along the river, is jumping in the river for a rinse/cooldown a big no-no?

    I'm forgetting something that I want to ask, but I need to sleep.

    EDIT: Now I remeber -- I think -- or maybe they're just new questions ... anyway, aside from the brewery, where else is a good place to get a pint? And, is the pizza at Zax's good?

    Also, if anyone sees a red VW GTI MKIII with roof rack, silver Santa Cruz Blur XC, or an orange and yellow Marmot tent ... feel free to show me how to ride or grab a beer from my cooler.
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    showers

    Last time I checked, Poison Spyder had showers and a hose to wash off a bike.
    Rim Cyclery has a hose too.
    Showers are easy to buy in Moab. Most of the RV campgrounds rent them, as well as Up The Creek Campground on 300 south street just east of Main st.
    Zaks pizza is fine, the all you can eat price is has gone up over the years but is still agood deal for those of us who can wolf down 4 or 5 slices or more.
    There is a new, locally owned gourmetish type pizza rest. in town for the healthy minded.
    It's called paradox pizza, just next to moab brewery, which also serves alround good brewery food.

    I wouldnt recommend jumping in the river. We've lost two visitors this year already to drowning. Besides even in Moab October isnt exactly the right temp for it.
    The 4 wheel drive roads that access sovereign trail, behind the rocks and
    klondike bluffs all have campsites on blm land. If they are all swamped, people park in the parking lot of the dalton wells trailhead all the time.

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    Just back from the 24 Hours of Moab

    The crew from FlashBak Lighting Systems went out to Moab for the 24 hour race this year(2009)! The track was difficult, but fair. Weather was perfect!(daytime=70's, nighttime=50's) They had some rain the week before the race, so dust was kept to a minimum. When we had a break in the action, we snuck out to ride a few trails. We selected The Baby Steps Loop to the Klondike Bluffs trail. WOW! What a ride. We hit rolling slick rock, winding single-track, killer downhill bombs, and along the way, we found the dinosaur tracks that we were told to look for. That was very cool. They look like really big lizard tracks in mud.....but its rock! Dinosaur tracks along a ride.....that was a first for me.
    After the ride, we returned to the race. We wondered the entire event talking to vendors, racers, and spectators. We handed out several FlashBaks to people who we thought might enjoy our product, or who are in a position to help us promote our lights(usually by performing a product review or writing a story).
    Anyway. The road trip was fun, the riding was awesome, and what a group of fun people! We will definitely be going back next year. My hats off to Granny Gear Productions, they really know how to set up a cool race!
    If you get the chance to go to Moab....GO! If you have the chance to go to The 24 Hours of Moab........GO FOR SURE!!!!

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    New question here. Weather after X-Mas

    Hey Moab locals, what are the chances of there being some good riding right after Christmas? Last I heard you all are under 6 inches of snow. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountainbikextremist
    Hey Moab locals, what are the chances of there being some good riding right after Christmas? Last I heard you all are under 6 inches of snow. Thanks!
    This is a good place note what the weather conditions have been in Moab over the past 10 days. People are always wondering what the weather is like around Christmas.

    8 inches of snow fell in town on December 8th, with a foot in Spanish Valley, and 18 inches at Porcupine Rim. Schools were closed for the first time in 25 years. Immediately after that, there were three nights of -10F at the airport (yes MINUS 10 degrees), followed by an extended run of cold weather that continues up to today, 12/17. It has not been above freezing during that time.

    The forecast is for highs in the mid-30s and lows in the mid teens for the foreseeable future. Fruita and GJ are also cold and snowed in.

    It is a good time to be boarding or skiing.

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    Wow, thats crazy....I hear that people are wearing shorts in Denver right now???

    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit
    This is a good place note what the weather conditions have been in Moab over the past 10 days. People are always wondering what the weather is like around Christmas.

    8 inches of snow fell in town on December 8th, with a foot in Spanish Valley, and 18 inches at Porcupine Rim. Schools were closed for the first time in 25 years. Immediately after that, there were three nights of -10F at the airport (yes MINUS 10 degrees), followed by an extended run of cold weather that continues up to today, 12/17. It has not been above freezing during that time.

    The forecast is for highs in the mid-30s and lows in the mid teens for the foreseeable future. Fruita and GJ are also cold and snowed in.

    It is a good time to be boarding or skiing.
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    moab river running

    will be in moab the last week in april, will the river running outfits be open? and if so then whats a good one for a day trip?

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    So what's the hot mountain biker hotel to crash at for a few nights? Silver Stage Inn still a good bet?

    Zaks pizza still the place to get our grub on?
    And what's the name of the breakfast cafe place again?

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    MOAB Mtb with Solfun

    Hi,
    I am planning a 4 day mtb trip in Moab starting 4/28.
    Our current plan is to do 3 days at Moab - slick rock, porcupine rim and Sovereign , plus one day at Fruita.
    First, I would appreciate any comments on this plan - are we missing any great trains in the area ?
    Second - I understand there are many trails in Fruita - any specific recommendation ?

    Last but not least - we are planning to ride with Solfun - Does anyone have any experience with them and can share the goods and the bads



    Thanks, Dror

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    How long do you have to wait after a rain storm to ride? We are going in May, and I hear that it may rain on us. Do the rocks dry off pretty quick, or are there some trails that are ridable wet?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adventurecycle
    How long do you have to wait after a rain storm to ride? We are going in May, and I hear that it may rain on us. Do the rocks dry off pretty quick, or are there some trails that are ridable wet?
    Thanks!
    Unless it rains for a long time, the trails dry out really quickly. There are several trails that are actually more fun after it rains because the sand is much easier to cross, namely Poison Spider and parts of Slickrock.

    I have heard Sovereign gets muddy and is best avoided during or after rain?

    A local rider would have more specific info, but you should be fine even if there are occasional thundershowers during your trip.

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    Bike Part Vending Machine on way to Slick Rock

    If you're arriving in town late and need supplies (trail map, tube, lube etc) for an early start the next morning, stop by the bike part vending machine that takes credit cards and is open 24/7..see www.24hrBikeShop.com for the vending machine location in Moab

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    Hey Thanks for those useful tips!

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    coming up in 3 weeks, pretty sure Burro pass looks like the peaks here, but how is hazzard coming? passable? hope to go from Hazzard down thru LPS May 8.

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    Has anyone filled up a camper or rv with water in town before heading out to a dry BLM campground? If so, where?

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    drinking

    I've read all three pages of this thread and I'm surprised no one has mentioned Utah's alcohol rules (maybe I missed it). If you are in Utah for your first time and try to order a beer in a bar, you may end up very confused.

    There are no 'bars' in Utah. They are all 'private clubs'. Of course, anyone can purchase a membership, allowing you to drink there. Prices vary, but they're usually no more than $5. Once you buy it, the bartender hands you a receipt, which is usually good for a week.

    Also, if you are staying for dinner, the server may deduct the membership fee from your total bill. I'm not sure if all restaurants do this, but most of the ones I have been to, do.

    If you hop to another establishment, you have to start the process over again.

    Hope this helps. Moab has some great microbrews. I'd hate for you to miss out on them because your intimidated by this policy.

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    Utah got rid of "private clubs" about 12 months ago. Some other changes as well but don't need to get into them here. You will not notice anything different if you went into a brewpub in Utah or Colorado or California.

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    Just back from another great Moab trip...I highly recommend the very clean and hospitable Hampton Inn, and love the Moab Brewery, Slickrock Cafe and Zaks. As for adventure: we hiked to False Kiva in Canyonlands, near Mesa Arch (secret- need to ask locals) and rode Circle O loop, Klondike and Slickrock...loved it all but was terrified from some of the ups and downs of Slickrock (int. rider). Also hiked\scrambled in the Fiery Furnace in Arches...very cool area - need a permit to enter. Moab is really special.

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    Any good DH shuttles? We'll be stopping overnight, on our trip from Phx, to Breck/Keystone/WP. I was thinking my SO could shuttle me for some early am gnar, before continuing our annual pilgrimmage to the elevation.
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    Moab Trip last week of Sept 2010

    I'm going to be in Moab with the fam 8/29-9/4 and I'm looking for a riding cohort. Did the whole Enchilada last year but will most likely do the ride from Hazzard county vs. Burrough Pass. Any other rides would be fine too. wifey rides but too tamely... not that there's anything wrong with that of course!... we'll probably do the Circle O with the kids; i've already done Bartletts, Amasa back, Poison spider, Soverign, Blue Buffalo, Slick rock and Whole Enchilada which covers Burrough Pass, Hazard, Kokopelli, UPS, LPS and Porc Rim. If anyone's interested please email me at tibikeguy@gmail.com

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    Slickrock in early/mid Sept

    I'm going to be in Green River on a business trip and have a Sunday to burn (9/12). Thinking of heading down to do the Slickrock trail in the AM, and depending on how I feel (and the weather), another loop in the afternoon.

    I have a 2 liter hydration pack and a large CamelBak insulated water bottle - is that enough to get me through a loop this time of year? High temp on Sunday looks like 85F, but obviously I hope to get an early start...I run 25-30 miles/week so I'm reasonably fit.

    I ride exclusively singlespeed back in Michigan (usually pulling a kid in a trailer) so riding a geared full-boinger will be a luxury.

    I plan on renting a bike from Poison Spider or Moab Cyclery. Perhaps the latter as they rent SPD shoes too - which I'll need since I didn't bring mine.

    Pretty sure none of my co-workers are up for this ride, so I'll be going solo. From what I can gather here there will be plenty of others out on the trail with me....right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatchanceti
    I'm going to be in Green River on a business trip and have a Sunday to burn (9/12). Thinking of heading down to do the Slickrock trail in the AM, and depending on how I feel (and the weather), another loop in the afternoon.

    I have a 2 liter hydration pack and a large CamelBak insulated water bottle - is that enough to get me through a loop this time of year? High temp on Sunday looks like 85F, but obviously I hope to get an early start...I run 25-30 miles/week so I'm reasonably fit.

    I ride exclusively singlespeed back in Michigan (usually pulling a kid in a trailer) so riding a geared full-boinger will be a luxury.

    I plan on renting a bike from Poison Spider or Moab Cyclery. Perhaps the latter as they rent SPD shoes too - which I'll need since I didn't bring mine.

    Pretty sure none of my co-workers are up for this ride, so I'll be going solo. From what I can gather here there will be plenty of others out on the trail with me....right?
    I live in Florida and rode the Slickrock loop last July with no problems, although I started about 7:00 AM. 2L Camelbak is plenty if you're in shape. l I rented a bike from Poison Spider and they took good care of me. Have a great ride. Coming from somebody who rarely sees a desert landscape like that, it's just awesome.

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    ok, so would it be totally crazy to try and run/hike the Slickrock trail? I don't want to be "in the way" of the cyclists or is there enough room for everyone out there?

    If I start at 7AM I should have 3-4 hours of sub 80 temps (9/12).

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    Sharing Slickrock

    There will be plenty of room to run the Slickrock trail and not have issues with other users. Anyone you see will probably be happy to take a break and tell you how crazy you are. You probably won't see many other users if you start at 7:00AM on Sunday though.

    If you want to run in Moab, there are many more options than the popular mtn bike routes. But if you haven't been here before, Slickrock will be a really unique landscape and is definitely worth seeing. Hopefully some of your regular running mileage is on pavement!

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    Run/hike went well (impossible to "run" on all of that) this morning. I started at 8pm, the sun came out quick and was intense, even without the heat.

    I didn't run the practice loop, but as far as I know did the whole rest of the loop, even though my Garmin says it was 9.35 miles. I wonder if it missed some of the up and down elevation change? Anyway, it took me 2.5 hours to cover that distance on foot. I only stopped to take a few quick pics and to shove down a fig newton or dig my Gatorade out of the hydration pack.

    stopped at the "loop head" on my way back to dump the sand out of my shoes:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmplum/4984125244/" title="photo 12 by rmplum, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/4984125244_40a7a0ac3c.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="photo 12" /></a>

    Didn't see anyone else for the first hour or so, then saw quite a few cyclists on my way back in. Most looking at me like I was crazy. I'll definitely try it on bike next time.

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    Would this weekend be bad timing?

    Hi everyone, I'm planning to head out to Moab to ride/hike with my girlfriend (her idea!!! ), but I just realized that 24 Hours of Moab happens to be this weekend. Should I expect all the campgrounds and trails to be packed to the max, or should it still be ok? We'd be riding low-key stuff like Bar-M and Dead Horse Point as she's a beginner, and getting into town late Fri night.

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    The Jailhouse was expensive and disappointing!

    Quote Originally Posted by dieselcruiserhead
    , the best breakfast is actually the Jailhouse Cafe .
    My wife and I tried the Jailhouse on our last trip to Moab and I can not recommended it. The coffee was very good but our food was mediocre at best and very expensive. A real disappointment!

    Cheers!

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    I'm planning a 12 day trip in the area late winter/early spring (March/April) and would like to spend my time about 50/50 between biking and sight seeing.

    • When's the best time to go within those two months, weather/crowd wise?
    • What sights can I take in without adding long detours/lots of driving?
    • Given a biking/sight seeing itinerary, what airport should I fly into? SLC appears to be the closest international airport, but if I fly into Vegas, I might be able to fit in visits to a few national parks on my way to/from Moab. If I fly into Denver, I see Fruita is on the way. Decisions, decisions....


    Thanks in advance for any help anyone is able to provide.

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    Awesome thread, and I am still reading, so if any of these comments/questions have been answered forgive me.

    I have wanted to go to Moab with some Jeep groups for a while now and loosely thinking about a trip in the early fall of 2011. I'd like to drive up from Austin and maybe spend a few days on the bike and a day or two with my Jeep. These are the things I am thinking about as I look into this a bit deeper. Any advice or concerns I am not thinking about would be appreciated.

    1) Trails - Are the trails well marked or is it recommended to sign up for one of the paid guided bike tours? Since I am very new to MTB, I think I would prefer to ride the trails without a guide or with a group because I have no qualms about walking a section that I'm unsure about. Also, I wouldn't want to hold up a group if I wanted to stop and take pics or rest.

    2) Skill level - Again, being a newbie, my skills are questionable at this point. However that said, I think I would want more than just flat single track. I'd like to encounter some obstacles and choose what I want to try and what I want to walk around. I think I could probably handle some intermediate trails.

    3) Bike - We are riding Hardtails. While I completely understand the desire for a FS, I don't know if I will have one by then. I'm not sure I would want to rent a FS bike either. I am used to my bike.

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    Didn't know whether to just start a new thread about this or just post it here, so let's try here first:

    Going to be riding Moab/Fruita in early May 2011. Thinking ahead, what type of tires are best for the environment? Seems almost like DJ/urban tires would work best for Slickrock, but on Porcupine / Poison Spider etc, something knobbier would be better.

    What are you guys using? I am currently running 2.1 Nevegals, but I will need new tires soon...

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    It's been raining here in Socal for 6 days.
    Plan on driving near Moab and may considering riding with the wife.

    What's the weather and importanly, riding conditions like for next week, after Xmas?

    I have only done porcupine and I know that's shot this time of the year. I think I've been to Slickrock but nowhere else.

    Any trail/loop suggestion for me and my wife (she's in decent shape, good descender but hates long grueling grinder of climbs)?

    Any must do hiking destination for a half-day trip?

    Thanks. Great info in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzer
    It's been raining here in Socal for 6 days.

    What's the weather and importanly, riding conditions like for next week, after Xmas?


    Any trail/loop suggestion for me and my wife (she's in decent shape, good descender but hates long grueling grinder of climbs)? Any must do hiking destination for a half-day trip?

    Thanks. Great info in this thread.

    It's been a tad rainy, but the trails were dry (and deserted) as of 2 days ago.
    There are a parcel of new trails here that are not in the guide books yet, but merit investigation.
    Bike shops can fill ya in. Ask about Pipedream.
    Forecast seems to be more of the same, partly sunny, highs around 50...perfect riding weather in the desert.
    There's snow in the mtns of course, which leaves you with 99 % of the trails still rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazafakka
    Didn't know whether to just start a new thread about this or just post it here, so let's try here first:

    Going to be riding Moab/Fruita in early May 2011. Thinking ahead, what type of tires are best for the environment? Seems almost like DJ/urban tires would work best for Slickrock, but on Porcupine / Poison Spider etc, something knobbier would be better.

    What are you guys using? I am currently running 2.1 Nevegals, but I will need new tires soon...

    I ride 2.35 nevegals here. Got no complaints, seem to handle sand, dirt, rock as well
    as anything I've tried. I think I first tried them because so many other folks around town were satisfied with em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moabman
    It's been a tad rainy, but the trails were dry (and deserted) as of 2 days ago.
    There are a parcel of new trails here that are not in the guide books yet, but merit investigation.
    Bike shops can fill ya in. Ask about Pipedream.
    Forecast seems to be more of the same, partly sunny, highs around 50...perfect riding weather in the desert.
    There's snow in the mtns of course, which leaves you with 99 % of the trails still rideable.
    Thanks!!!
    Looks like we're in for it.

    So Pipedream is a good ride with a SO? I'm not looking for gnar gnar, just chill enjoy the Moab experience kinda ride but nothing too "touristy" trail. We don't mind doing a 16-20mile loop either.

    A few more ?s:

    1. Generally speaking, how long of a drive is Moab from the Vegas/St. George area?

    2. Which bikeshop to go to to get good info on trails, etc? Or are all ok?

    3. We're probably gonna be in a tight budget but still would like to have a good place to stay, near the action but far and cheap is ok too. Which one is better to stay at. Red Stone, Silver Sage or Rustic Inn?

    Thanks again. Pretty stoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzer

    So Pipedream is a good ride with a SO? I'm not looking for gnar gnar, just chill enjoy the Moab experience kinda ride but nothing too "touristy" trail. We don't mind doing a 16-20mile loop either.

    A few more ?s:

    1. Generally speaking, how long of a drive is Moab from the Vegas/St. George area?

    2. Which bikeshop to go to to get good info on trails, etc? Or are all ok?

    3. We're probably gonna be in a tight budget but still would like to have a good place to stay, near the action but far and cheap is ok too. Which one is better to stay at. Red Stone, Silver Sage or Rustic Inn?

    Thanks again. Pretty stoked.

    These are some "ymmv" questions, but I'll give ya my 2 cents.
    I do moab to Vegas in 7 hours. That's being in no particular hurry.

    I couldn't recommend one bike shop over another, I really like all of those guys.
    Mostly depends on if the person you collar is in a talkative mood, doesn't it?
    This time of year they'll have time on their hands....give em some business if you can, it will appreciated.

    Cant help you much with lodging, cause I live here. Usually I have trouble remembering which hotel is which, even though i drive by them everyday. Maybe somebody from out of town will chime in. I'd get one with a hot tub! AArchway has one. lots of other places too.

    Had to chuckle at " near the action". You know it's off season, right? Gotta make your own action...

    I guess I would call Pipedream a tad gnarly. Not much vertical, but it's not a beginner ride. I wouldnt take my SO on it, it would be intense for her.

    I mentioned it cause it's brand new and not on the radar yet. Here 's my advice for
    rider and so.

    first stop, Intrepid trail at Dead Horse st park. Drop dead gorgeous and fun but rideable singletrack for everyone. Not sure about the snow situation , but should be ok Be sure to take the camera.
    If you ride it and want more challenge, go to the bar m trail and park take the bar m
    2 track to lazy, then the two track to bar b(counter clockwise) to rockin a to circle o, and then the 2 track bar m to the cliff trail and around to the parking lot. The most technical section is the bar b, and can just be left out if needed. These directions will make sense when you look at the map at the trailhead.( Lazy is a new trail and a bike shop may or may not have a map with it included.). These are all concentric loops, it's not tricky to find your way around.



    If you and so want more challenge than that, then I'd say try the venerable Sovereign trail starting at the willow springs road and heading north. It's well marked.
    Or the pipedream.
    I've been riding both, and they are dry and riotous.
    Slickrock is also dry.

    There is now a paved bike trail running up Moab canyon, it's a nice ride.

    For a cruiser workout, I frequently do that, or I park at the slickrock parking lot and ride up sand flats road to porcupine rim parking lot(and beyond). It's about an hour ride, steady up hill but not too steep, and it's gorqeous and totally deserted this time of year.
    Makes a nice drive too.

    I'll be around so dont hesitate to ask your questions.

    HTH
    Dave

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