Moab, Utah is not just for extreme and highly technical mountain bikers. Moab mountain biking is for kids and family, too. I have been wanting to go to Moab for years and never got around to it. I have always heard about Slickrock Trail and some of the other rim trails, but never about some of the shorter less technical trails. I contacted www.discovermoab.com ahead of time and they named a few trails that I could take the kids on. They were very helpful in pointing me in the right direction.
We had a great trip and my 4 and 6 year old got to do some Moab mountain biking with my wife and I. We found out that Moab is a great place for a family vacation, including mountain biking. There are plenty of trails to take the kids on from just starting out throughout every stage of their mountain biking growth. My 4 year old rode over 9 miles of single track trails while we were in Moab!
Single Best Moab Mountain Bike Trail for Beginner Kids:
Rusty Spur Trail in the MOAB Brand Focus Area
This trail is a little under 2 miles and is nice flowing smooth red dirt single track. It has a great atmosphere for riding and is very easy to access. There are 2 little cattle crossing bridges that gave the kids a little challenge and kept things interesting.
A Little Taste of Technical Moab for Kids
Intrepid Trail in Dead Horse Point State Park
Really cool trail to expose the kids to some more technical riding without over doing it. The trail is a little over a mile and has a great overlook to stop off at along the way. My 4 and 6 year old said they liked riding over the bumps and rocks.
A Bit of Non-Technical Distance for Kids
Jasper and Agate Loop Trails in the Klondike Bluffs area
More nice riding for the kids. The 2 loops combined are just under 4 miles. This was a little too long of a ride for my 4 year old, but he managed to get through it with a few breaks. It is all nice flowing single track with a few little challenging sections for the kids. There is one section on the trail that I made the kids walk, because the trail gets a little close to a drop off.
If you head out to Moab with the family to do some mountain biking, these are the trails that I would take them on first. Before going to Moab, I was afraid of the trip turning out to be just a trip for me. It turned out to be a great vacation for the whole family.
Have you been to Moab? What trails would you recommend for kids?
AS WITH ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, THERE ARE ALWAYS SAFETY RISKS AND THESE TRAILS ARE NO EXCEPTION. DON’T LET YOUR KIDS RIDE TOO FAR OUT IN FRONT OF YOU. SOME OF THESE TRAILS DO RUN ALONG THE SIDE OF LEDGES WITH STEEP DROP OFFS. RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK.