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Old 04-24-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Moab Campground questions

Hey, I'm heading for Moab next week and will be staying in a campground. Four of us in one pickup, with a 12' enclosed trailer and one tent.

We're going to be riding trails for 3 days. 2 guys 2 girls. We want to do fairly easy and scenic routes. I'm studying up on trails that will fit us. All rides to come back to camp same day.

There are campgrounds along the highway north and south of town. For easy access (one of the bikes is not really plated) from campground to trails, should we look to stay north or south of town?

Been through Moab just once in a car, so not very familiar with the area.

Thanks for any insight.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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I know you said one bike not plated...but close to SlickRock area, nice bathrooms. It's where I have stayed 6 times maybe. Get a spot along the creek, you then can have the creek view, its a little more green, plus shading from the trees for tents. Place is pretty CHEAP, rent two spots and spread out.

http://www.packcreekcampground.com/parkmap.html
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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I'd go north, lots to ride up that way and all you need to do to access it is cross one or two paved roads.

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Hey, I'm heading for Moab next week and will be staying in a campground. Four of us in one pickup, with a 12' enclosed trailer and one tent.

We're going to be riding trails for 3 days. 2 guys 2 girls. We want to do fairly easy and scenic routes. I'm studying up on trails that will fit us. All rides to come back to camp same day.

There are campgrounds along the highway north and south of town. For easy access (one of the bikes is not really plated) from campground to trails, should we look to stay north or south of town?

Been through Moab just once in a car, so not very familiar with the area.

Thanks for any insight.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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Slickrock Campground would probably be fine. I was there two weeks ago to do some 4 wheeling in the Jeep... Seemed like there were quite a few bikes running around without plates. I think if only one bike isn't plated, put him/her in the middle of the group to kind of camouflage the fact the bike isn't plated.

Hit fins n' things. It's the quintessential Moab trail. It will get you into the mindset of the obstacles, traction, and angles you'll be dealing with while you're out there.

BLM land is all good.

The national parks require plates for the trails within them. So if you're planning on riding to eye of the whale or tower arch or go down south to the needles to run elephant hill to hike to the convergence of the Colorado and Green rivers that one bike will be out of luck..

Have fun, take extra water, and be safe.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:08 PM   #5
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Just another suggestion...not sure what type of riding your looking for.

Head out towards (west out of Moab, south of the Colorado River) Hurrah Pass - lots of stellar, newish CG's (near the LB turnoff), and ride right out of camp - mostly two track though. Lockhart Basin. It's worth the short drive out, just to have a look even if you don't camp/ride.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:43 PM   #6
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The link below has good info on Moab trails.

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/518...fore-you-post/

Latitude 40 makes great trail maps. It's too late to buy them on-line, but you can also find them at many shops in Moab.

For an unplated bike, I would say the best campground is Archview about 10 miles of town. There are trails around it that head in almost any direction. All other campgrounds require riding at least some paved roads to get to the trails.

Small world. A few of us will be towing our bikes from Ohio to stay next week at Archview. Maybe we'll see you there.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:16 PM   #7
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The Archview on the North end accesses the Sovereign/Saltwash single tracks and the Sovereign ATV loop from the parking lot (plus gas and general store) You can also hit Klondike Bluffs farther north. You can cross the highway and hit Metal Masher, Gemini Bridges, Monitor/Merrimac and if you have maps, you can find your way to Gold Bar/Gold Spike/Poison Spider

Camping at Sand Flats, gains you access to Slick Rock, Hells Revenge, Fins-n-Things, and Porcupine rim
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:59 PM   #8
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Well after reading a bunch of reviews and talking to a few campgrounds, I made reservations at the Portal north of town. Got the last spot, some events around town that weekend had everything filling up, couple of others I called had no room.
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