Biking

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

NPS/Neal Herbert

 

Bicycles are permitted on all paved and unpaved roadways within the park but not on any of the trails. There are no bike lanes or paved shoulders. Cyclists must ride single file at all times with the flow of traffic. Cyclists should expect large buses and RVs on the road. Signs warn drivers that bikes might be present and to keep a minimum of three feet from all riders, but cyclists should remain very alert to passing vehicles.

There are many options for riding bikes outside the park. Moab is surrounded by mountain biking trails of every difficulty level, from dirt roads to technical singletrack. Popular road rides abound, as well. A paved bike path connects the gateway community of 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.

If you do plan to ride your bike in Arches:

  1. Consider coming early in the morning when there isn't as much traffic.
  2. Some of the narrowest road sections are along the switchbacks above the visitor center. Riders can skip this section by shuttling their bikes to the La Sal Mountain Overlook, where there is usually adequate parking.
  3. The Salt Valley and Willow Springs dirt roads are less traveled but are more suited to mountain bikes due to washboards, deep sand, and other obstacles.

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

(435) 719-2299

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