Moab

Off-roader's wet dream

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View of the Colorado river from the Dear Horse Point. The road way below is the White Rim trail

Moab is a Mecca for off-road activities - jeeping, mountain biking and dirt motorcycle riding. People come here from all over the world to test their off-road skills. I spend at least a week every year riding trails around Moab - White Rim Trail, La Sal Loop, Top of the World, Lockhart Basin, Kane Creek, many slickrock trails, to name a few.

The White Rim trail goes around the Island in the Sky section of the Canyonlands National Park for more than 100 miles. Most vehicles take several days to complete the loop. Motorcycles can do it in a day easily. Day users used not to need a permit. But the ever-more imposing bureaucracy introduced permits even for day users. Luckily, there are tons of other beautiful trails waiting to be ridden freely.

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Slick rock is all around Moab.

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Dramatic view of the Colorado river at the end of the Chicken Corners Trail.

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Posing with friends along the White Rim Trail.

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White Rim Trail below the Island in the Sky.

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The edge of the White Rim Trail is white, hence the name.

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White Rim Trail with the Island in the Sky behind.

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Bizarre rock formations along the White Rim Trail.

Not far from Moab is Green River. It is a base for exploring San Rafael Swell. Black Dragon Canyon is only few miles away from the town. It's a grand gateway to the awesome rides of the San Rafael Swell.

This area has rocky trails, sandy washes, narrow single tracks and mud on offer. Unlike Moab area, there are relatively few visitors. We had most of the trails to ourselves even on weekends.

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Getting ready to explore San Rafael Swell.

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Traces of mining activities are still present.

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At the end of a great day of riding in the San Rafael Swell.

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San Rafael Swell.

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Rideable active geyser just outside Green River.

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Even though it's a desert, there are some creek crossings.

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The Maze section of the Canyonlands NP.

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The easy but very scenic Onion Creek Canyon.

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Slick rock.

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There are even sand dunes outside Moab.

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Gemini bridges area.

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Gemini bridges area.

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La-Sal loop with the Top of the World in the distance behind.

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Top of the World.

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My favorite camping spot.

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Jeep trails are what Moab is famous for among off-roaders.