Cycling Dead Horse Point
Although not technically “in” Canyonlands NP, the Dead Horse Point bike climb is just a few miles short of the Canyonlands junction that accesses the 3 main rides in Canyonlands National Park (PJAMM Climb page for 3 climbs in park). One of 5 national parks in Utah, Canyonlands (official website) is our 30th national park, established in 1964, consisting of 337,598 acres. This climb is located near Moab and Arches which is another extraordinary cycling venue. This cycling jewel is relatively little known and not as popular or crowded as some of the other national parks with “just” 739,449 visitors in 2018.
Average high temperatures exceed 90 degrees during the summer months. There is little rainfall in this area and the temperatures in May and late September-October are ideal.
Canyonlands is broken into 4 distinct districts by the massive canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers: Sky, Needles, Maze and Rivers. Hiking is king in Canyonlands, but you can also experience the beauty of the park on road or mountain bike.
While Canyonlands does not offer much in the way of challenging bike climbs, we highly recommend riding our route if you are in the area (or even willing to travel to the Moab area to cycle, hike or visit).
From Moab, head north on Highway 191 for about 10 miles to its junction with Route 313.
Canyonland - one of five Utah National Parks.
View from Dead Horse Point
Photo: PJAMM friend and contributor Chris Monson, Blanding, UT
Cycling Canyonlands National Park
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