From the north end of the visitor center, start your ride on the Intrepid Trail. It's an easy (except for a few very small rock drops) and fast ride to the Colorado River Overlook. Here you will join Great Pyramid Trail, a nice flowy trail that leads you to the Pyramid Canyon Overlook. Continue on Big Chief Trail. It has a few techy spots but eventually rewards you with the most amazing views. Make a u-turn at Big Chief Overlook and then link up with the Crossroads Trail (Raven Roll is also a trail option here for a quick escape back to the car). Crossroads is flat for the first half and then has a fun time winding around through trees and brush. You'll meet up with Whiptail at the top of the mesa which offers some cool rolling and flowing terrain. Finally, meet up with Prickly Trail, which has some fun rock features and formations, and head back to your car.
- Distance: 14 miles.
- Average Time: 3 hours.
- Elevation Gain: 711 feet.
- Difficulty: Intermediate.
- Trail Type: Loop.
- Trailhead: From Moab, head north on Hwy 191. Pass Arches on your right and then look for signs for Dead Horse Point State Park and turn left. Head all the way out to the state park and park at the Visitor Center (grab a map while you are there). The trailhead is located in the visitor center parking lot.
Plan and Prepare
Plan for an entrance fee of $10 per vehicle to enter the park (it's valid for three days). No dogs on these trails.