The Moab area offers challenging rides amidst world-class scenery. Characteristics of the area that make it a special place for riding can also make it extremely dangerous. It is important to follow these basic safety procedures.
MAPS AND USE THEM TO TRACK YOUR POSITION.
Great trail maps and guidebooks are available at bike shops, the
Moab information center, bookstores and other locations in town.
Check the alignment of the route and key junctions. Moab is surrounded
by a maze of deep canyons and towering cliffs. Never try to cut
cross-country to shorten a ride.
Grand County often has the highest incidence of search and rescue in Utah. The large cost of these operations is normally the responsibility of the rescued party. Stay found by riding together and re-grouping at each trail junction. Look at your map and the trail sign; then agree to meet at the next junction or destination.
If you decide that you have lost the trail, do not continue on in hopes of finding your own way. Retrace your route back towards the trailhead until you pick up the trail. If you cannot retrace your route, stay put, conserve energy and water, make yourself visible and await rescue. You are likely to be located much more quickly if you tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
DO NOT DEPEND SOLELY ON YOUR PHONE
Cell service in the Moab area is usually good at high points where you can see the La Sal Mountains (where the cell towers with the best coverage are located). Backcountry cell service is normally not available in canyons or where terrain features block your view of the mountains. Cell coverage also varies widely by carrier. Where service is available, you may be able to use your phone’s Global Positioning System apps and a paper map to find your location. Start with a fully charged battery and turn your phone off to conserve power, but remember phones are only one tool, bring a real map, confirm your location at junctions, and stay together.
YOUR BIKE FREQUENTLY
Riding on Moab trails loosens headsets and puts maximum stress upon frames and components. Frequent inspections reduce the possibility of injury. Be sure you know how to do basic bike maintenance on the trail.
RIDING SKILLS ON THE EASIER TRAILS
Trails like Slickrock, Amasa Back and Porcupine Rim are not suitable places to learn or teach basic riding skills. These may include Bar-M Loop, Hurrah Pass, Lower Monitor & Merrimac.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Dont venture into remote areas with nothing but a
t-shirt and shorts. Carry a windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses,
maps, matches or lighter, pump, patch kit, first-aid kit, a good
bike tool kit and extra food, water and clothing. Ride with someone
else and stay together in case of problems. Discuss your situation
calmly and make a plan to improve it.
Tread lightly when traveling (don’t leave bike tracks off trails) and leave no trace of your camping. When meeting or being passed, keep single track “single” by doing the “Fruita Lean”, i.e., stop with your wheels on the side of the existing trail and one foot off to the side of the trail; and then let the other bike pass you.
Help keep Canyon Country clean by taking your trash home and picking up after the less aware. Protect and conserve scarce water sources for wildlife by not polluting or bathing in them. Allow space for wildlife by maintaining your distance, and leave historic sites, rock art, ruins and artifacts untouched for the future.
HAVE FUN AND
LEARN ABOUT THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE AREA
Great trails are not the only reason Moab has become an international
destination. Take time to enjoy the scenery, study ancient Native
American rock art, or marvel at the harmony of a cryptobiotic soil
garden. For mor information on this fragile living soil, click
here or visit http://geochange.er.usgs.gov/sw/impacts/biology/crypto/