Local off-road groups and businesses teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office to help remediate the iconic Poison Spider trail.
With the potential to allow off-highway vehicles into Arches and Canyonlands national parks in the rearview mirror for the moment, the Grand County Council and Trail Mix Committee have set their sights on e-bikers riding on non-motorized single-track trails.
The top runners in the nation, as well as more than 2,700 recreational trail runners, will compete in the USA Trail Marathon Championships in Moab Nov. 2-3, according to an email from Danelle Ballengee, a renowned runner from Moab who designed the course.
They’re already allowed in national parks as of Oct. 1, and now the Department of the Interior has announced its guidance to allow the use of low-speed electric bicycles at national wildlife refuges and other DOI-managed public lands where traditional biking occurs, expanding recreational opportunities and access to millions of Americans, according to a statement from the DOI.
The SheJumps Girls Biking Clinic at the Moab Ho Down will start and end at the Chile Pepper Bike Shop with transportation to the Bar M Trails Sunday, Oct. 27.
It is not an idea embraced by all, but electric bicycles – AKA e-bikes – are now allowed “where traditional bicycles are allowed” at all national parks and monuments as of Tuesday, Oct. 1 – and that will be followed by allowing ATVs and UTVs at the same parks and monuments effective Nov. 1.
The National Park Service will temporarily close the Windows Road at Arches National Park on Oct. 1 for construction work.
Scores of people attended a pancake breakfast to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Slickrock Bike Trail at Sand Flats Recreation Area Saturday, Sept. 14. Later in the day, yet more attended the premiere of the documentary film “50 Years of Slickrock” at Star Hall. The film can be viewed at discovermoab.com
The Times-Independent republished this week an article originally printed in 2003 about Sand Flats Recreation Area. The article is available here.
Moab’s Red Devil mountain biking team has 33 riders, but it’s growing with new members from Moab’s middle and high schools. At the first race of the season held Saturday, Aug. 24 at Eagle Mountain near Lehi, the team was number one in points in Division Three. That is thanks to weeks of training and some dedicated coaches, according to Greg Child.
Become a member of the Canyonlands Natural History Association before July 8 and then take a hike. A moonlight hike, that is, at Arches National Park.
Mark Finley and Kevin Christensen of Finley Holiday Productions were recently in Moab making a film on the history of the Slickrock Bike Trail, which then-resident Dick Wilson created in 1969.