The Klonzo trail system is specifically designed for mountain biking, with trails from very easy to upper-intermediate. The trails are found north and south of the dirt Willow Springs Road 10 miles north of Moab. In fall 2014, the southern Klonzo trails were finished. Among these trails are Moab's first open-rock riding for true beginners and young children.
If you have stroll-a-bikes, training wheels or a very out-of-shape true beginner, the Carousel trailhead gets you there without having to pedal your bike uphill -- either coming or going.
Keep to the left, following the yellow stripes.
Just after crossing the faint old road you'll come to a trail fork. On your left is a connector from the Midway Trail. Stay to the right on Carousel.
Now go cut through the loop by exploring Magician, Wizard, and Gypsy. Have fun. When the kids get tired, it's never that far back to the parking area at the north end of Carousel.
A ride on Carousel...
Beginners can take a mile of dirt trail from the main (first) parking area. You'll need to do a little bit of gentle climbing, most of which will be on the way back out to your car.Across from the parking lot, start south on The Edge. At the first fork, turn left on Hotdog. When you reach Midway, turn right. Stay on Midway when you reach a 5-way trail fork on top of the ridge. At the next fork, go left toward Carousel. When you reach the slickrock with the dino tracks, you're at the Carousel Loop.
This route is a bit shorter -- about 0.6 miles to the Carousel Loop. Drive past the main trailhead and keep right at the fork in the road. When you see a trailhead with a couple of parking spaces on your right, you're there.About 1/10 mile up Midway, cross Hotdog. At the 5-way on the top of the ridge, stay on Midway (straight ahead). About 0.2 miles later, take the left trail fork towards Carousel. After passing the dino tracks, ride the loop.
Drive or pedal past the Midway Trailhead on Willow Springs road (passing the upper dino trackway) until you see posts, trails, and signs on your right. Look for the broad path that angles back west (a 150-degree turn from your direction of travel), marked with red and white stripes.Follow the white stripes, either in your SUV or on bicycle. It's 1/2 mile from this point to the Carousel parking area. It's very smooth riding, but the return trip will be uphill -- easy and gentle for most of us, but a challenge for tiny legs with small wheels.
Western (main Klonzo) Trailhead (to reach Carousel via The Edge, Hotdog, and Midway): 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.
Midway Trailhead: Keep on Willow Springs Road past the first trailhead, then keep right at the fork about 1/10 mile later (at mile 3.0 from US 191). A half-mile after passing the spur to the main trailhead, there will be a few parking spots on your right at the entry to the Midway trail.
Redhot (Houdini) Trailhead (to pedal down -- and back up -- the 4x4 connector): 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 (for kids and true beginners): This is a good starting point for young children (including stroll-a-bikes) and very out-of-shape true beginners. Drive east on Willow Springs Road 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.
Eastern (Borderline) TH (for intermediate riders): Drive on Willow Springs Road past the west trailhead. About 1/10 mile later at mile 3.0 from US 191, turn left on doubletrack. Drive 0.2 miles to a small area of slickrock with post-and-cable fencing for parking. The trail to the left goes toward the western trailhead. Right climbs uphill on the Borderline Trail.
Klonzo North page
Klonzo South page
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
GPX individual tracks Track from Houdini TH w Carousel
Maps for printing:
View area topo
Trail Mix Map (updated 11/1/14 for new trails)
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.