Mountain biking in Utah is a dream come true for many mountain biking enthusiasts. Over the last 30 years, Utah has made a name for itself as one of the premiere mountain bike destinations in the world. With endless sunshine, slickrock trails, and amazing geological wonders perfect for two knobby tires — Utah needs to be on your bucket list. If you’re ready to ride Utah, click HERE.
Here are 7 reasons you need to mountain bike Utah:
1. The Slickrock
Yes, it is a popular mountain bike trail in Utah—but I’m talking about the geological features of slickrock that make it amazing for mountain bikers. Simply put, slickrock is a term used to describe smooth, outcroppings of weathered sandstone. The surface of sandstone is similar to concrete, and it offers tons of grip for two wheels, making certain trails features and obstacles easier to conquer.
2. The Climate
I wouldn’t suggest mountain biking in Utah in the summer months (June — August), but anytime in the Spring (April ‑May) and Fall (September — October) offers the perfect mountain biking weather. The sun is usually shining and temperatures can range from 25 degrees Celsius — 30 degrees Celsius (We’re Canadian eh? That’s between 75F — 86F). When the sun decides to sneak behind a cloud, you may be lucky enough to witness a beautiful desert rain storm (and rainbow). If you decide to visit in the Spring, you’ll be dazzled by the beautiful desert flowers. If you’re in the right part of Utah you can certainly ride year-round.
3. The Other Adventures
Utah is not only home to huge networks of mountain bike trails in various areas (Moab, St. George, Hurricane, Salt Lake City, etc.), it’s also a general adventurer’s playground. Want to go canyoning , rock climbing or hiking? Utah has it all. One of our favourite spots to explore is Zion National Park and Arches National Park, where beautiful natural features have been carved by wind and rain over the millennium.
4. The Variety
Whether you are mountain biking in Moab, St. George, or near Salt Lake City—you’ll be able to find trails for all skill levels. From smooth Green trails to Double Black trails with technical features, you can easily choose your own adventures and challenges. Since the terrain is so grippy, Utah is a great places to practice your skills and gain more confidence as a rider. The one downside…if you do bail, you’ll most likely be falling on rock, so we suggest elbow and knee pads depending on your comfort level.
5. The Parklands
We’ve already mentioned two National Parks that you should explore if traveling to Utah (Zion National Park and Arches National Park), but there are so many other natural wonders to explore—it’s a great complementary activity for your mountain biking adventure. Remember to respect the parklands. Mountain biking is usually prohibited in national parks, but you are guaranteed to find trails just outside the park boundaries. Here is a list of parks to check out:
- Canyonlands National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Capitol Reef Park
- Fishlake National Forest
- Dixie National Forest
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
6. The Community
If you decide that your next mountain bike trip is going to be in Utah, you won’t be alone. Once you arrive, you’ll probably meet passionate mountain bikers from around the world, who flock to popular destinations like Moab, to pedal their hearts out. You’ll also quickly experience the strong mountain bike culture. Visit any bike shop in Moab (Poison Spider Bikes), St. George or Hurricane (Over the Edge) and you’ll find a team of staff eager to recommend trails, have you join local group rides and share their local knowledge. We strongly believe that when traveling, the best advice always comes from the locals, so don’t be shy to drop by a bike store and introduce yourself.
7. The Epics
Talk to any mountain biker about Moab, Utah and they’ll probably have to wipe the drool off their face. Moab has become a mecca for mountain bikers, and riders flock to the desert paradise every year. Ask any mountain biker what’s on their bucket list, and if they haven’t already ridden Moab, it will most likely be somewhere at the top of their list. There are tons of popular mountain bike trails in Moab, but there are a few that standout from the rest.