Camping at Sand flats in The Arches National Park, Moab is the most exciting thing a biker can dream of. Situated in the heart of Colorado Plateau, it is the most popular destination for camping among bikers as it provides the two world famous bike trails namely – the Slickrock bike trail and the Porcupine rim bike trail. Not only does it give the thrill of adventure but also combines adventure with awesome scenery. Bikers can camp in the vast 9000- acre recreation area here.
Slickrock bike trail
This biking trail is among the hardest to execute. It is recommended only for experienced bikers. First timers can however try out the 2 mile practice loop. The main loop is a 13 mile ride that takes you to the heart of the petrified sand dunes and remnants of the ancient sea beds. The surface of the rock here is more like that of sandpaper. The trail has 3 main sections – the lead-in lollipop stick loop, the 6.8 mile loop and a practice loop. They are marked trails and prevent the bikers from getting lost or crushing the cryptobiotic crust of the park. The trail has pit stops but bikers must carry enough water as there are no water fountains around.
Porcupine Rim Bike Trail
This is one hell of an intensive bike ride. The 34 mile loop tests the biker’s stamina to the core. It is only for the fittest bikers. One can also do a one-way car shuttle to get a 15- mile riding experience. Riding on the rim gives the riders a spectacular view of the Castle Valley below. This trail is for those who count single tracks as the ultimate biking experience. It is advisable to carry spares and tools to fix the bikes as even a new bike needs tightening bolts every now and then.
Camping at the Sandflats is a good way to conclude this endurance trip as arches provides the views and the amenities for a perfect camping trip. RVs and camping gear are allowed in designated areas. Water is not available in these campsites. Make sure to bring enough along.