moab around new years - questions comments concerns

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  1. AJxr

    AJxr #395

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    ideally i would like to come in late spring but its not in the cards. i will be in moab around new years with my ktm 520. i have about a week to explore and i need some suggestions.

    i was there about 5 years ago and did some of the more popular rides. slick rock area, the white rim trail. some of kane creek, i rode over some trail with "the crack" and went by a spot called "where eagles dare" ...went by hole in the rock.... right now i am looking over maps trying to re familiarize myself with what ive actually seen and where i have been.

    i am looking for great views and some technical single track, cliffs, far out desert loops, you know... the "good stuff."

    open to all info and suggestions. thanks!
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  2. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer

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    Probably gonna be a bit cold...here are the average temps for Moab in Jan....beautiful place though.
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  3. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    There is not a ton of singletrack in moab. Go and do the sovereign and saltwater trails just north of town. Dubinky wells/whitewash has some of what you are looking for but it's a long way from people if you screw up. Unlikely to have many people in the area that time of year
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    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    I've gone out and ridden most months and like HeidiHo says it can be hit or miss. I've gone out in the Dec time frame and the dunes at Whitewash were literally frozen, which was cool. I've also been out in March when it's normally awesome....only to be breaking trail through fresh powder. Not saying you can't go ride around new years...but you'll want to dress in layers. The thing is about your original question...there is not a lot of "secret stash" stuff out there, Moab is very popular and you're not keeping anything a secret. For what you want I would suggest planning a trip to San Rafael swell some time and ride that area including 5 miles of hell (along with Waterfall, Red, Green, Blue, Devils Racetrack etc...) but that area is another 2k in elevation from Moab, so it is normally covered in snow in the winter.

    From your original post I'm guessing you've ridden:

    Slick Rock
    Poison Spider through to Golden Crack
    Kane Creek (if you've ridden by hole in the rock)

    Did you do Porcupine Rim, Hells Revenge and Fins-n-things? they are in the same recreation area as Slick Rock, not gnar, but fun and a great cliff, viewpoint out on Porcupine Rim.
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  5. AJxr

    AJxr #395

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    I did fins and things and hells revenge. Not sure on porcupine rim. If the weather is that bad maybe I will just do a couple days of exploring and head south. Is there any hot dual sport areas in the Sedona area?

    What’s the back up plan for winter riding on your side of the country?
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    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    Well see that is the issue...it may not be bad. But the chances are it will be chilly at best and snowing at worst. *technically* you can pretty much ride Moab year-round, but not necessarily all 365 days. Average temp in Dec and Jan is 43 f. with a low around 20.
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    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I just finished a cross country ride, something I did not count on was the limited daylight. To get a good day of riding, you are going to have to be on the bike at dawn and off the bike at sunset. That does not leave much time for getting lost or mechanical issues.

    Are you camping or staying in a motel? Setting up camp and cooking food in the dark on my trip was rough.

    You would have a better chance of good weather in southern AZ or NM.
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    AJxr #395

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    yes I did factor in the short days. Also I will be trailering out from the northeast so riding in the cold isn’t a deal breaker. Although I wouldn’t be enthused riding in 20 degree weather. Sounding like I hit most of the hot spots like time around. That’s a bummer! Haha
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