Day 9: Moab, UT — A 3 hour smooth ride south-east from Salt Lake City will get you to a place which lies atop a salt bed, believe it or not, which was the result of a sea evaporating over which sandstone was deposited giving it’s famous rusty red color. The beautiful Arches National Park. I don’t know if it sounds strange but US-191 is actually built on Moab Fault. ON a tectonic fault! I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that!
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Sand Flats Recreation Area
If you want to be close to town but still experience semi-primitive camping, this is the spot. Sand Flats Road winds for 9 miles and boasts over 100 sites, yet none are too close to the next. If you've got a big party, grab an entire "letter" (campsites grouped by letter), or if you're solo, grab a walk-up site. Bring water and firewood and plenty of stakes for your tent--it can be windy. Each area has a long-drop toilet, and let me tell you, the loo definitely has a view.
Poison Spider Bicycles
This shop is hopping with locals and tourists alike. All hands always on deck to help you decide which two wheels are best for you, pump up your tires, or patch a flat. If you've got your own gear but need help route-finding, you can bet that the guys at Poison Spider have ridden it.
Sometimes you just wanna go downhill. Sometimes the top is too far away to get to in a day. That's when you call the guys at Coyote Shuttle. Use them to ride the Whole Enchilada, one of the most iconic mountain bike rides in the West. They'll take you up into the Aspen-laced LaSals and pick you up at the desert floor.
Love Muffin Cafe
Even if you are camping while in Moab, you must come to the Love Muffin for one breakfast or lunch. The line out the door is merely a testament to the excellence of the food and beauty of the coffee. I stuck a Vesuvio in my pack for an epic day on the Mag 7 trails and my electrolyte balance was restored by the salty goodness of the turkey and salami and the sweet honey mustard. Camp coffee is good, but lattes from the 'Muff are better.
Following your team matters, even when you're outside playing in the desert. Woody's is the perfect mix of dive and sport's bar, and you're guaranteed to find your team on one of the many big screens. At night, catch live tunes, like SLC's Marinade, who like get the crowd shakin. Free popcorn, cheap beer, and a sign-in sheet at the door. Utah.
Creekside at Moab
Just steps away from Mill Creek Pathway, is the Creekside at Moab. It's located near the Moab diner and a view from its rooms dawn upon the red landscape of the Canyons. With all amenities and luxurious stay, the Creekside at Moab is well connected to everything happening in the town, and you can never miss the Canyonlands Half Marathon and Extreme Adventure Trails if you stay here.