Mountain Biking Meca!
Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
41Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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Moab is a small town that really didn't get on the map until the early 1950s when hundreds of men came to Moab to find uranium - the government needed uranium and was offering 10K for every truck-full of uranium they could find. At the time, the uranium found was only surface level, and one geologist (Charlie Steen) believed the vein of the uranium could be found and decided to stay in Moab until he could find it. After digging for 3 years, while his family was almost destitute, he finally scored by finding the core of the uranium and becoming a millionaire - placing Moab on the map as a major mining mecca. However the government's need for uranium ran out, leaving Moab to find a new source of income (and Charlie once again penniless as he burned all his money thinking the cash flow would be endless..sad), thus turned to tourism as the main source of revenue which is what Moab is known for today
Moab sits in the middle of different national parks and recreational areas - Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyon Lands, Sand Flats Recreation Area, and Manti La Sal National Forest...the Colorado River also cuts right through. As you can imagine, there are various terrains to explore. We were excited to get started.
Upon arrival, we checked out the town and had late lunch at Zaxs. We then took a late afternoon hike on this super cool trail in "Negro Bill Canyon" (terrible name, supposedly Moab locals now try to call it the African American Canyon). This trail was great because we had to climb over slick rock, cross a creek several times, and also walk through stretches of bamboo, all leading us to a natural rock bridge called the Morning Glory Bridge. All in all it was about 4-5 mile loop and it was really pleasant as since we didn't start until around 5pm, most of the trail was nestled in the shade of the canyon..nice and cool.
We had already arranged for a mountain biking trail guide to lead us through the multiple mountain biking trails that Moab offers (there are hundreds)
We took it easy and just spent the day at The Arches National Park
Places where we have eaten that are worth mentioning:
Moab Brewery - basic brewery, good scene, beers etc
Zax - large all you can eat pizza and salad bar
Love Muffin Cafe - best place for breakfast, great organic selections and delicious waffles!
Singha Thai - Decent thai food
There is so much to do in Moab, we just barely scratched the surface. We definitely plan on returning in the near future and highly recommend this to everyone.
May 25 - 28