two cyclists in bright yellow jackets ride on a paved road
Biking along the scenic drive.

NPS/Neal Herbert

From March to November 2017, expect travel delays, unpaved road sections, and area closures. Roads will close most nights for road construction. You must be out of the park by 7 pm during construction work.

Where can I ride?

Inside the Park

You can ride your bike on all paved and unpaved roads in the park. You may not ride your bike on trails or anywhere off a road.

The Salt Valley and Willow Springs dirt roads are less traveled than the paved roads, but they are more suited to mountain bikes due to washboards, deep sand, and other obstacles.

Outside the Park

There are many options for riding bikes outside the park. Moab is surrounded by mountain biking trails of every difficulty level. Popular road rides abound, as well. A paved bike path connects Moab with the entrance to Arches, and continues along US 191 to UT 313 (which leads to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park).

The Moab Area Travel Council website has additional information about mountain biking or road biking outside the park.

Your Safety

  • Consider coming early in the morning when there isn't as much traffic.
  • There are no bike lanes or paved shoulders.
  • Some of the narrowest road sections are along the switchbacks above the visitor center. You can skip this section by shuttling bikes to La Sal Mountains Viewpoint, where there is usually adequate parking.
  • You must ride single file at all times with the flow of traffic.
  • You should expect large buses and RVs on the road.
  • Signs warn drivers to keep a minimum of three feet from all cyclists, but you should remain very alert to passing vehicles.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532


(435) 719-2299

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