3 of the Best Trail Running Destinations in Moab Utah
Moab, Utah is known for having some of the most scenic biking and running trails. With a desert landscape, Moab is challenging for any trail runner’s legs and lungs, but it’s also very refreshing for the spirit. The red canyons, towering rock formations, and miles and miles of epic scenery make Moab one of the best trail running destinations.
Here’s three of the best trail running adventures to experience when you visit Moab:
The Golden Spike Trail
The Golden Spike Trail is a geological obstacle course. The trail was caused by the Moab Fault in the valley below it, giving it high cliffs to run along. It also has a challenging uplift, but what makes it even more of a challenging trail run is the slickrock terrain.
This trail is generally a 14 to 20 mile run, and one of the longest you can run in Moab. Runners are able to dash along the rim of it and down along the Portal Trail. What’s different about this trail, is it actually sits in the middle of several other trails, including the Poison Spider Mesa Trail and the Gold Bar Rim.
Jacob’s Ladder is a 7 to 10 mile trail that was originally a trail for cattle. It’s at the end of the Amasa Back trail, and is one of the most advanced biking trails in Moab. A great trail for runners of all levels because it provides a steady climb up a meandering canyon. It also has panoramic views of the “Red Rock Playground,” which Moab is sometimes called. You can see Red Rock Towers from the top before you descend towards the Colorado River.
This trail is also great for bicyclists, hikers, bird watchers, and is accessible all year round. There’s plenty of photo opportunities while running along the cliffs and you’ll get to experience the beauty of Utah.
Training for an ultra marathon? This is one of the best trails to run if you’re training for that next ultra race (or our Moab Red Hot). This trail takes you on dirt roads through canyon valleys and shows you ancient rock art left behind by the native people of Moab.
Technically a mountain pass, the Hurrah Pass is another great trail that’s easy and you’re also allowed to bring canine friends along for the run. There are two major climbs along the route, and one is a pretty steep ascent. The view at the top of Canyonlands National Park will give you one of the best feelings of accomplishment.