Advanced-technical trails in the Klonzo system
These two advanced-level trails were completed in late fall 2014. They make a nice addition to the Klonzo and South Klonzo system, which previously offered only intermediate-skills riding. They lie at the far northern edge of the riding area. There are 22 named trails in this system, with many of the newer trails being split between very easy biking and upper-intermediate to advanced riding.
The trail begins at the highest point of the Wahoo loop. If you're riding counterclockwise (the recommended direction), you'll fork to the right just after the trail turns back from eastbound to westbound.
See the Zephyr trail page for a longish pedal-fest from the Brand Trails to the top of Gravitron and back. It's 25 miles, 2300 vertical feet, and takes a conditioned rider about 4 hours.
Gravitron and Vertigo loop ride...
Western (main Klonzo) Trailhead: Willow Springs Road forks east off Highway 191 18 miles south of I-70 and about 10 miles north of Moab (1.8 miles north of the junction with Highway 313 (to Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point). Turn onto Willow Springs Road. Keep straight as spurs go to camping areas. At mile 1.4, turn left to cross Courthouse Wash (may not be passable in wet weather). At mile 2.0 pass the Sovereign Trail parking area, a flat area outlined in rocks on the left (north) side of the road N 38° 41.876' W 109° 39.868', with a natural gas pump building on the right. At mile 2.7, turn left off Willow Springs Road onto a small doubletrack. 100 feet later, park and begin your ride. The trail on the left takes you clockwise and immediately to the slickrock.
Eastern (Borderline) TH: Keep going on Willow Springs Road past the west trailhead. At mile 3.0 from US 191, turn left on doubletrack. Drive 0.2 miles to a small area of slickrock. The trail to the left goes toward the western trailhead. Right climbs up for a counterclockwise loop.
Dinosaur Tracks: Not really a mountain bike trailhead, but if you're not pedaling past, it's worth a visit. Head for the Midway Trailhead as above. Drive past Midway as the road climbs. 1/4 mile past the Midway Trailhead, the road curves around a cleared area on sandstone, and you'll see a sign on your right explaining the tracks.
Redhot (Houdini) Trailhead: On Willow Springs Road, pass the spur to the main trailhead and keep right at the fork in the road, passing the spur to the second (Borderline) trailhead. Pass the Midway trailhead and the Dino tracks. A mile past the main trailhead, there's a cable fence on your right. The Zoltar trail is on your left and Houdini is on the right. There's enough room here for a car or two, but be sure you aren't blocking access to the 4x4 route to the left of the Houdini trail entrance.
Carousel Trailhead: This is a good starting point for young children (including stroll-a-bikes) and very out-of-shape true beginners. Go to the Redhot trailhead as above. Now turn 150 degrees hard right and descend the broad path marked with white and red stripes. The red stripes will head up onto singletrack, leaving only white stripes. A half-mile after leaving Willow Springs Road, the path will enter a parking area outlined by a post-and-cable fence. Park here. The trail passes directly through this parking area on each side.
Brand Trailhead (pedal by bicycle): See the Zephyr Trail page.
Other pages for this trail system:
Klonzo North page
Klonzo South page
Beginner slickrock page
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
GPX area tracks
Maps for printing:
Klonzo area topo
Trail Mix PDF Map
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to Moab area resources
Camping: Primitive spots along Willow Springs Road. Commercial camping across from 313.
Nearest supplies: Gas and quick-stop on 191 across from 313, 1.7 miles south of Willow Springs road.