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  1. #1
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    Utah & Western Colorado late September early October

    I got some time off and am going to meet some friends in Moab for Outerbike. Where are other good places to ride around there that time of year?

    Park City (trails still open then????)

    Any others?

    Mike (Whistler BC)

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    I'd stay south. Park City may still be rideable but when in Rome.....

    If you've got some time Fruita is a good option. Also get over to Grand Junction. Lunch Loops etc. In Utah (if you must leave Moab) try Thunder Mountain, Gooseberry, St. George on the southwest side of the state. It's a bit of a drive but not any further than PC.
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    I recommend Navajo Lake/Virgin River Rim near Brian Head but I'm not sure how the weather will be down there by then. Elevation is right around 10k feet. If you just ride the Navajo Lake Loop it will be about 13 miles but if you add in the VRR it can be much longer. The views are spectacular and the riding is good. The best part is you will have the whole place to yourself.


    Navajo Lake Loop Trail

    Virgin River Rim Trail

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  4. #4
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    I second @Krob's recommendations! Thunder Mountain on the west entrance to Bryce Canyon NP is outstanding! It tops out at 8,300' though so not sure about snow then. We are driving from San Jose to Moab for Outerbike and intend to ride Gooseberry near the west entrance to Zion, Thunder Mountain, Moab (duh!), Horse Thief Mesa near Fruita (watch that famous drop-in on Youtube! We put the bikes on our shoulders.), and the Lunch Loops across the river from Grand Junction.

    A year and a half later we are still recovering from the Holy Cross trail at the Lunch Loops.

    The center of MTB in the Fruita / Grand Junction area seems to be Over The Edge Sports in Fruita. Be very careful when Max recommends a ride :-) He thinks everyone bikes like "Where The Trail Ends".

    You can follow OTE and the bike shops in Moab on Facebook for local conditions. Over The Edge is also near Gooseberry Mesa in Hurricane. If you stay in that area overnight then Springdale is a lot more interesting than Hurricane. Gooseberry Mesa isn't the usual mesa riding. There are surprises around every juniper.

    If you are intermediate then I have trail analysis videos on YouTube. MTB Trail Analysis For Intermediate Riders - YouTube

  5. #5
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    Moab and Fruita/Junction are just under 2 hrs. apart so you can ride both areas without a major relocation. There is enough riding in these areas to keep you busy for weeks. Good luck.

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