With an array of colorful rocks and interesting geology, this trail might make you feel like you’re riding on another planet. Located in the Klondike Bluffs Trail system north of Moab, the Jurassic Trail is primarily used by mountain bikers but it is also open to hikers.
The trail is smooth singletrack without much elevation change or technical challenge, making it suitable for strong beginners looking to move up to more difficult trails. Hikers of all ages and skill levels will also enjoy the Jurassic Trail.
The Jurassic Trail is accessed from the South Klondike Trailhead in the Klondike Bluffs area. To reach the trailhead from Moab, UT:
- Drive north on Hwy 191 for 16.0 miles to the signed junction for Klondike Bluff Road.
- Turn right onto Klondike Bluff Road and continue 2.9 miles to the South Klondike Trailhead.
To reach the Jurassic Trail from the South Klondike Trailhead, you must first ride or hike a short section of the Klondike Bluff Road. From the parking area, cross the cattle guard and begin riding north on the Klondike Bluff Road. After approximately 0.6 miles, turn left at the signed junction for the Jurassic Trail.
Keep riding as the trail heads east, traversing through moonscape-like terrain at the foot of a mesa. After approximately 1.5 miles, the trail crosses a wash and turns north. Throughout the ride, the color of the landscape shifts from shades of white, gray, to deep red and brown as the trail passes through a variety of interesting geologic layers.
After approximately 2.2 miles, a junction is encountered on the right. You can use this junction to connect to adjacent trails, or continue north on the Jurassic Trail. After approximately 3.6 miles the trail ends at a junction with the Jasper Trail. Turn left to access Jasper, or turn right to access the Copper Ridge Road and other nearby trails. Or turn around and return the way you came for a 7.2 mile round trip.
- Stay on designated trails.
- Clean up after pets.
- Pack out all trash.
Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.