Colorado Riverway Bike Trail

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 3971 - 3993 feet
Cellphone: 1-5 bars
Time: 1 hr.
Trailhead: Lions Park Bike Hub
Fee: none
Attractions: Paved path, natural arch




The Colorado Riverway Bike trail is located near Moab, Utah. The trail runs along the Colorado River next to Highway 128 for 2.5 miles beginning near the Lion's Park Bike Hub and ending about a quarter mile from the Negro Bill Canyon trailhead. Scenic views along the trail include the canyon itself and Updraft Arch.



The trailhead is located at the junction of Highway 191 and Highway 128 on the north end of Moab. Begin by following the paved trail on the east side of the parking area near the restrooms.


The trail passes through a tunnel under Highway 128.


Once through the tunnel the paved path spits with the Moab Canyon Bike trail crossing a pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River and the Colorado Riverway Bike trail continuing straight ahead.


As the trail continues into the canyon it is squeezed right in between the highway and the river.


About midway the trail passes the Goose Island Campground where there is another restroom available.


The end of the trail spills out onto Highway 128. The Negro Bill Canyon trailhead is located at the gap in the cliff on the right about a quarter mile away. The Porcupine Rim trailhead is near the same spot but on the left hand side of the road. It wouldn't be surprising to see the trail extended past this spot at some future date.


Updraft Arch can be spotted near the top of the cliff on the south side of Highway 128 between Goose Island Campground and the trailhead.


The Colorado Riverway Bike trail gets a lot of use from mountain bikers that ride the epic loop up through the Sand Flats Recreation Area, down the Porcupine Rim trail, and back to Moab along the Colorado River. There are also a lot of people that like to just hike the trail for an enjoyable stroll along the river. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.