Klondike Bluffs, 21 miles north of Moab
Some sections physically challenging, technically easy/moderate
50% Rocky 4WD road, 50% slickrock
9.5-mile out & back (15 mile out & back from highway)
Elevation @ Trailhead
Ideal in spring or fall; extreme midday heat in July and August. Clay content of trail makes sections impassable when wet. Avoid if forecast calls for rain or snow.
Drive 17.5 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191 and turn right on Klondike Bluffs Rd. Proceed 3 miles to trailhead on left.
The Klondike Bluffs Trail represents a step up in terms of exertion and skills required, but is still enjoyable for fit novice mountain bikers. The route follows a jeep trail across Moab Member slickrock imprinted with fossilized dinosaur tracks. The jeep trail terminates at the boundary of Arches National Park, where a short hike leads to the top of the bluffs and an impressive viewpoint. The Klondike Bluffs Road is bumpy but maintained for passenger cars (except when wet) and it’s worth driving to the trailhead and skipping the ride on the dirt road. The Baby Steps Loop (see description above) provides an option for those looking for more challenging riding than the Klondike Bluffs Trail.*