Camp at Gold Bar Rim Campground 10 miles down Potash Road, and nab a spot on the Colorado River. Take a hike at dusk to the incomparable Corona and Bowtie Arch, using ancient Moki steps carved into the sandstone by ancestral Puebloans centuries ago. Back at camp watch the aerial acrobatics of little brown Myotis bats until dark.
Day 1: Head for a peek through the Looking Glass, 20 miles south of Moab just off Highway 191. The best way off this three pitch climb up an old marker for the Spanish Trail is straight down. “It’s a really exciting free hanging rappel,” said John Brewer of Moab Cliffs and Guides Service. “But anyone could do it.” Watch out for the rattlesnakes at the base.
Try the Big Green Sandwich on the patio downtown at The Peace Tree Juice Cafe.
Head 12 miles north of town and cruise around the new Klonzo trail System. With 23 miles of giddy, fun singletrack, the trails wrap through soft hills, twisting and turning so much that every member of your gang, from pedal experts to riders just out of training wheels, will be begging for one more lap.
Day 2: Shuttle as many boats and boaters as you can with
Moab Rafting and Canoe Company upriver and put in for a leisurely paddle down the Colorado River back to camp. Don’t forget to pack a lunch for an island layover, and mount a camera to the bow for cool river selfies. Hi mom.
Head for Milt’s Stop and Eat for an Albuquerque Turkey Sandwich under the guise of a diner that opened in 1954. Now, owners B.C. Laprade and renowned ultra-runner Danelle Balengee serve all natural Utah grass-fed beef and dairy with local produce. Food is made to order, so treat yourself to a milkshake and onion rings, and don’t forget the fry sauce.
Transition from paddle to pedal and head down Kane Creek Canyon and up Amasa Back via the Hymasa singletrack. The singletrack veers away from 4WD vehicles and leads to several other options like the infamous Captain Ahab, Jackson and Rockstacker. Each of these are achievements in trail engineering, highlighting natural and man-made desert features that set the bar for enduro-style riding, blending cross-country riding and downhill thrills. Take the side trip to Pothole Arch, and pad up – these rides get über tricky – and in some instances the exposure is unbelievable.