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    Newbie to Moab - Need Advice

    A buddy and I are heading out to Moab in early May (5-12) and bringing bikes and backpacks with the idea of doing a few overnight backpack trips and a couple of day rides. Is there one campground or spot that we could use as our base camp that would be close to both bike and backpacking trail heads or is it best to move around to hit the best areas? What rides and overnight trips would you suggest? Thanks.

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    Sand Flats campground near Slickrock trail. There is a cost per car.

    Sand Flats Recreation Area

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin6 View Post
    A buddy and I are heading out to Moab in early May (5-12) and bringing bikes and backpacks with the idea of doing a few overnight backpack trips and a couple of day rides. Is there one campground or spot that we could use as our base camp that would be close to both bike and backpacking trail heads or is it best to move around to hit the best areas? What rides and overnight trips would you suggest? Thanks.
    You don't say what type of backpacking experience you expect. There will be too much snow to backpack the high country in the LaSals, so you will be limited to the desert areas. There is almost no water in these areas, so you need to bring your own, and in early May it could be hot enough that you will need a lot of water.

    I wouldn't suggest anything to you unless I knew your level of experience in desert conditions.

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    We weren't expecting much, just a simple over-nighter into the desert since we do know that the high country isn't accessible right now. Both of us are experienced backpackers and carrying a day/night/day's worth of water is nothing new to us. Making the trip from Tahoe and thought we might as well bring both bikes and backpacks and see what pans out.

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    Backpacking - Arches National Park

    Camp in Arches, backpack from there, short drive or 5 mile ride to some bike trails.


    Hiking Behind the Rocks, near Moab, Utah

    Camp in the Behind the Rocks area, tons of riding, a couple of nice trails. Or, stay/camp in town and backpack up through Hidden Valley to Behind the Rocks.


    Backpacking in the Needles - Canyonlands National Park

    Camp in the Needles section of Canyonlands, backpack from there, and there are some decent rides from the Park or to the East in the Abajos, which might be dry enough by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkinunit View Post
    Backpacking - Arches National Park

    Camp in Arches, backpack from there, short drive or 5 mile ride to some bike trails.


    Hiking Behind the Rocks, near Moab, Utah

    Camp in the Behind the Rocks area, tons of riding, a couple of nice trails. Or, stay/camp in town and backpack up through Hidden Valley to Behind the Rocks.


    Backpacking in the Needles - Canyonlands National Park

    Camp in the Needles section of Canyonlands, backpack from there, and there are some decent rides from the Park or to the East in the Abajos, which might be dry enough by then.
    Awesome. Thanks!

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    There is free/cheap camping on the north and south sides of the Colorado River on the west side of town. The easiest to find is along the Potash Road. As you approach Moab from the north, turn west before crossing the river (about a mile before, give or take) and follow the road 3-5 miles to find numerous semi-developed campsites at the base of Wall Street, popular with the rock climbers. I have camped there many times and it is central to everything you would want to do in Moab. Its first-come-first-served, and bound to be popular in May, so try to get there early and grab a spot before they fill up. I have always been able to roll in around 6:00 PM and find an open spot, even on holiday weekends, but it could easily fill up.

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