East of Moab, the popular Slickrock Bike Trail 12.7 mile loop runs along a sandstone slickrock. This is not a rolling, roller coaster trail like many mountain bike riders expect -- it has numerous short steep climbs and descents separated by sand. This very challenging trail is blazed by white marks on a plateau of eroded sandstone believed to be remnants of sand dunes 200 million years old. The Slickrock Bike Trail overlooks portions of the Colorado River and Arches National Park. Adjacent to the main Slickrock trail is a shorter practice loop.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Moab, head east on Center Street. Turn right on 400 east and then turn left on Mill Creek Drive. Veer left on Sand Flats Road. After 2.3 miles, the trailhead is on the left.
Overall, Slickrock Bike Trail is the 3rd most popular mountain bike trail of all 73 mountain biking rides in Utah.