Why the Intrepid Trail Should Be on Your Moab Bucket List

The Intrepid Trail System offers up some killer singletrack with unbeatable views. Almost all of the rim trails feature beautiful overlooks. From beginner mountain bikers all the way to the advanced black diamond rider, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Mountain Biking in Dead Horse Point State Park

With over 16 miles of non-motorized singletrack trails, Dead Horse Point State Park has plenty of world-class mountain biking trails to enjoy. Collectively called the Intrepid Trail System, this unique network of trails meanders its way through pristine high desert landscapes.

You can plan the perfect route suitable for your skill level on Dead Horse Point bike trails. Keep in mind, you'll want to pack a first aid kit, tire repair kit, and plenty of extra water. Dogs are not allowed to use this trail system, so leave your four-legged biking buddy at home.

Biking Dead Horse Point Bike Trails

Start your journey at the Intrepid Trail, a 0.5-mile easy access trail that brings you directly to the entire Intrepid Trail System. Park at the Dead Horse Point State Park Visitor Center. Make your way along this out-and-back trail to enter the system.

We suggest a counter-clockwise rotation through whichever trails you prefer. Most of the terrain is geared towards beginners and intermediates. Overall, the Intrepid Trail System brings you the best of desert scenery and biking terrain.

Advanced riders will enjoy a leisurely cruise with a few challenges along the way. Beginner and intermediate bikers have endless options to both challenge their skills and get the best Dead Horse Point State Park views too.

Additional Trails in the Intrepid Trail System

With an endless array of options, there are several different Dead Horse Point bike trails to choose from once you've entered the Intrepid Trail System.

Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid Trail forks right directly from the Intrepid Trail. This 2.2-mile easy trail brings you views of the Colorado River and the giant Great Pyramid rock formation. Combine with the Big Chief Loop or Raven Roll for even more riding.

Big Chief Loop

With plenty of slick rock and some elevation gain, this high-flying loop trail is suitable for intermediate riders. At 3.6 miles you'll have plenty of beautiful singletrack to discover. Do not forget to stop at the famous Big Chief Overlook.

Raven Roll

To satisfy the need for speed, head down the sandy Raven Roll Trail. At 1.7 miles, Raven Roll makes for a nice link up with the Great Pyramid Trail.

Pro Tip: For even more speed, take this trail north to south.


Intermediate to advanced riders must head down the Whiptail Trail on the western side of the canyon. The 2.6-mile trail can be accessed from the Crossroads Trail, Prickly Pear, or Twisted tree.

Twisted Tree

For the love of all things slick rock, more advanced riders should seek out the Twisted Tree Trail. Mildly technical and filled with jaw-dropping views of the western Shafer Canyon, the Twisted Tree is one of the toughest and most rewarding trails in the park.

Prickly Pair

As the most unique trail in the Intrepid System, Prickly Pair has a loop in the middle that offers two different riding options. The “Prickly” section brings more technical terrain, as well as elevation gain. A true test of skill with expansive canyon views.

On the other end is the “Pair” section which offers up a quicker way to pass through the tough section.

Pro Tip: Do not forget to get off your bike while crossing the main road. Riding across it is not allowed.

Mountain biking the Dead Horse Point State Park's Intrepid Trail System is a must-do when visiting Moab, Utah. Stellar views, unique challenges, and fun, zippy riding challenges all ability levels.