Round Trip Distance: 1.8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Skill level:
Elevation: 4409 - 4566 feet
Cellphone: 1-4 bars
Time: 45 mins.
Trailhead: Midway
Fee: none
Attractions: Slickrock adventure

The Houdini trail is located in the Klonzo Mountain Biking Area north of Moab, Utah. The trail makes a dogleg journey across a vast expanse of Navajo sandstone that borders upon Arches National Park. Like many of the trails in the Klonzo system this one carries with it a name that follows a common enchanting amusement park theme. For directions on getting to the Klonzo area follow the directions for the Boondocks trail on this website.

For this post we began at the Midway trailhead along the Willow Springs Road. From there we took the Midway trail to the lower end of Houdini by following the signs that point the direction to the top of the Red Hot trail.

The trail is clearly marked with stripes of blue paint.

As the trail heads south and west it drops a little in elevation.

The broken slickrock has a few small sandtraps interspersed along the route. They are easy enough to ride through with a little speed.

At its southernmost point the Houdini trail comes close to the boundary for Arches National Park. From there it begins looping back toward the east and north gaining elevation as it goes.

The east side of the trail has a few spots that would be a lot easier if going in the other direction like this sandtrap with a couple of small rock ledges on an uphill slope.

The upper end of the trail comes out on the Willow Springs Road right across from where the Zoltar trail makes its connection. This is also where the Red Hot trail begins its downhill thrill. We rode the Houdini trail in this direction so we could jump right onto the Red Hot trail. It probably would have been easier to ride the other way by beginning here and then riding up the Safari Road to get to the top of Red Hot but as they say 'all's well that ends well'. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.