New for Moab in ‘14: Fresh Trails, Glamping & 24-hour Tacos
Moab, Utah is already considered heaven to many mountain bikers. But now the place has 24-hour tacos and luxury camping, so it’s even more like paradise. Whether you’ve been vacationing in Moab for years, or you’re prepping for your first trip there, take some advice from the folks at the Moab Adventure Center and check out these new biking and hiking trails, restaurants and accommodations.
Three New Biking and Hiking Trails
Intrepid Trail 2 at Dead Horse State Park: The state park has expanded its mix of beginner and intermediate mountain biking trails, which include singletrack loops, sandy washes and slick rock, with stunning views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.
Hymasa Trail, part of the Amasa Back Trail System: The new Hymasa trail allows mountain bikers to avoid portions of the jeep road in the Amasa Back Trail System. Popular with more experienced riders, most trails in the Amasa system have technical sections, with ledges, slickrock domes, fast singletrack, big exposure and drops of various heights.
Prospector Hiking Trail: As moabhappenings.com points out, the Prospector Trail, beginning near the Moab Rock Shop, winds for just 1 mile in either direction along a step hillside, but it can serve as a 2-mile loop for a quick run or bike ride. “You might want to try Prospector if you’ve got time between checking into your motel and your restaurant reservation, or if you need to take the dog (on leash) for a vigorous walk after a long car ride,” the website advises.
Two New Restaurants
Aristo’s Mediterranean Restaurant has a chef from Istanbul who serves up flavors of Turkey and Greece for lunch and dinner.
Los Jilbertos is becoming known for its giant burritos and huevos rancheros. Plus, you can get a taco there 24 hours a day.
New Source for Gear and Info
The Moab Gear Trader consignment store offers gear for biking, climbing, boating, hiking and other sports. Plus, it offers free Wifi and a library of guidebooks and maps. Plus, the staff members can recommend places to explore.
Moab Under Canvas: Don’t feel like roughing it, but you want to be outdoors? Try “glamping” in a luxurious tent at Moab Under Canvas. Situated on 40 acres of land, it’s just seven miles north of Moab, near the entrance to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.
Also in Moab, a new Comfort Suites is scheduled to open July 29, and a Marriott-Fairfield Inn & Suites should open in November.
For more information, contact the Moab Adventure Center: 435-259-7019 or 866-904-1163.