The town is located in eastern Utah, nestled between
Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. It was
originally used by Native Americans as a place to cross the
Colorado River. In the late 1700s Juan Maria Antonio de
Rivera reached the area with an expedition coming north
from New Mexico to examine the area on both sides of
the river. The Spanish Trail was opened in 1830, between
Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California, and
that’s when the river crossing became signi;cant.
In April of 1855 Mormon leaders established the
Elk Mountain Mission in what is now Moab. The
name Moab is a biblical one for a land just short of
the Promised Land and was adopted in 1880 when
a mail route was established through the area.
Moab currently boasts a population of 5,046. That
population can grow by several thousand, brie;y, during
one of the events held there each year, like the Easter
Jeep Safari, the Fat Tire Festival or Outerbike. There
are events year round and almost every weekend.
It’s a very mellow place full of ;t, enthusiastic lovers of
the great outdoors. It feels like an old-fashioned small town,
where people leave their bikes unlocked and everybody
seems to respect and look out for everyone else. There are
art galleries, souvenir shops, clothing stores and restaurants.
Despite the fact that the Moab BLM has banned electric
bikes on any trail that is for non-motorized vehicles, there is
no need to worry about where to take your e-bike. Beyond
the plethora of speci;c trails set aside for non-assist mountain
bikes, there are still so many trails that you are allowed to
If you’re staying in town, several of the great electric bike-friendly
trails, like Amasa Back, are close enough to ride to.
If you’re skilled enough to climb the Amasa
Back trail, you can ride along the edges of
cliffs like this.