Slickrock Bike Trail 50th Anniversary Celebration

A lone rider traverses the Slickrock Bike Trail. A celebration marking the trail’s 50th anniversary will take place Sept. 14. Photo courtesy of Sand Flats Recreation Area

The Times-Independent republished this week an article originally printed in 2003 about Sand Flats Recreation Area. The article is available here.

The Sand Flats Recreation Area will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Slickrock Bike Trail with a full schedule of events that are all free and open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 14, according to Sand Flats Director Andrea Brand.

The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Slickrock parking lot. Participants can then join Grand County Active Transportation & Trails and Ride with Respect for a “Rake and Ride” trail project, said Brand in an email. There will also be a Grand County Public Library book bike.

Participants are reminded to bring their own mountain bike, motorbike, hiking shoes and suitable work clothes. The morning festivities end at 11:30 a.m.

Evening events will take place at Star Hall and the nearby Sun Court from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Activities include a premier screening of the documentary film “50 Years of Slickrock,” a silent auction to benefit Grand County Motorized & Non-Motorized Trails, and a chance to meet Slickrock Trail “founder” Dick Wilson, said Brand.

Appetizers and birthday cake will be served, she said. Participants are encouraged to bring their vintage mountain bikes and motorbikes to show off at the Sun Court.

The Slickrock Bike Trail was opened to the public in July of 1969. It was designed for the low-geared trail motorcycles available at the time, such as the Honda Trail 90. Almost two decades later enthusiasts of a new kind of all-terrain bicycle called the mountain bike discovered the trail. The popularity of the trail helped usher in a new tourist boom for Moab, and is now enjoyed by thousands of adventurers annually, said Brand.

For more information visit the Sand Flats Recreation Area Facebook page: facebook.com/sandflats.