Rowdy Loop

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 5771 - 5814 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Horsethief Campground
Fee: none ($15/campsite)
Attractions: Fun singletrack




The Rowdy Loop is part of the Horsethief Mountain Bike Trails near Moab, Utah. The trail begins near the Horsethief Campground where it follows several small washes and crosses various sections of slickrock while encountering  a few rocky ledges along the way. The trail is mostly easy with some spots that require intermediate mountain bike skills.


The Rowdy trail can be accessed off of the Wrangler Loop and the Chisholm trail. This post begins at its junction with the Wrangler Loop.


The loop begins after going through a gate in the fence. Either direction works well but for this post we are going in the counterclockwise direction.


The trail, which is mostly a dirt singletrack, works its way around the pinyon and juniper trees.


The Rowdy Loop isn't as flat as the Wrangler Loop but the hills that it does have are relatively small.


Halfway around the loop the route meets up with the Chisholm trail.


From there the Rowdy Loop shares the Chisholm trail for a short distance that takes it up a bumpy slickrock slope.


The Rowdy Loop once more branches off on its own and courses around the rocky outcrops just below the campground.


Right when it is getting fun the loop comes to an end back at the gate. Fortunately there are about 10 miles of trails in the Horsethief system and many more in the nearby Navajo Rocks, Gemini Bridges and Dead Horse State Park areas. The Rowdy Loop is a good choice for beginner to intermediate riders, or anyone that is looking for a short trail to hike or run, to get acclimated to the area. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.