The Mustang Loop lies along Highway 313 northwest of Moab. It's part of the Horsethief Area trail system built in 2015, and is the key to the mountain bike riding area. The loop's top altitude is 5950 feet, with a usual riding season of April through November. The loop is intermediate in technical requirement.
Most riders will choose the Highway 313 ( Chisholm Trail ) trailhead. This parking area is 12 miles uphill from 313's origin on Highway 191, 9 miles north of Moab. The Chisholm Trail passes through this trailhead and will deliver you to the Mustang Loop in 0.5 miles.
Another option for reaching the Mustang Loop is to climb uphill from 7-up . The top of 7-up heads northbound from the Bull Run trailhead (1.1 miles down the Gemini Bridges road). From 7-up, you can climb Wildcat, Hildalgo , or the Whirlwind trail to reach Mustang.
To loop back around to Chisholm, keep right. It's 0.6 miles and 50 vertical feet of climbing to get back to the Chisholm Trail fork.
Very nicely built trail with fun (and fast) riding. While great for solid intermediate riders, it can be managed by experienced beginners. The additional area trails -- that you access via the Mustang Loop -- make this a great destination for a day's riding.
0.0 East from 313 (Chisholm) TH
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0.5 L on Mustang Loop
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1.3 Keep R (L = Whirlwind joins)
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2.7 Keep R (L = toward Getaway)
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3.3 L on Chisholm N38 35.088 W109 47.586
3.8 Back at parking
Mustang Loop from Chisholm trailhead, counterclockwise...
Horsethief West: On your right at mile 11.8 from Highway 191, turn toward the campground. The mountain bike trailhead is before the campground on your left. Start southbound on Chisholm to reach the Mustang-area trails.
Highway 313 (Chisholm) Trailhead: At mile 12.5, spot the trailhead kiosk on the left side of the road. Turn into parking. Pedal east (away from the highway) on Chisholm to intercept the Mustang Loop in 0.5 mile.
Gemini Bridges Road (Getaway) Trailhead: For longer rides of the area trails. At mile 12.9, turn left at the Gemini Bridges sign. About 200 feet from the pavement, spot a small parking area on your left with the Getaway Trail just east of parking. Mustang forks away from Getaway 0.6 miles from the trailhead.
Bull Run Trailhead: Drive 1.1 miles down the Gemini Bridges dirt road, then turn right into the trailhead. Start your ride to the Horsethief Area trails by heading left on 7up.
Printable one-page ride summary, from Chisholm
GPS track files (right-click and select "Save Target as..."):
GPX multi-track, area trails
Mustang from Getaway TH
Mustang from 313 (Chisholm) trailhead
Horsethief Tour from Getaway (14 miles)
Topo map for printing: View Horsethief Area Trails topo
Lodging, camping, shops: Link to Moab area resources
Water: Horsethief Campground
Camping: Horsethief CG, nightly fee