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Old 191 Paved Trail  Moab Canyon Pathway
Plus Highway 128 paved path

By request, here's the dope on this paved bike route. Old 191 is the former path of Highway 191, and is now also called the Moab Canyon Pathway. Over the years, the old highway degenerated into a broken dirt path with a few bits of remaining asphalt. It has now been rehabilitated and extended so it forms a nice paved bike path from the north end of Moab to Highway 313. Connecting to this trail at the Colorado is the new seven-million dollar paved path along State Route 128.

From the bike path, looking east at the bike bridge across the Colorado. These photos by Bruce in May 2011. Highway 128 and Trail Hub info added May 2014.

You'll see a lot of bikes on Old 191, both roadies and mountain. Many mountain bikers like to start their bike rides directly from Moab. The Moab Canyon Pathway quickly puts you at the Brand Trails, Gemini Bridges, or Highway 313.

Looking north on a newer section of the pathway in northern Moab.

There's a new trail hub (as of May 2014) where the paved path ducks under Route 128. This on the southern bank of the Colorado River. There's a bathroom, plenty of parking, and "wait for my ride" shaded benches. On the other side of Route 128 is the bike bridge across the Colorado, plus the new paved bike path eastbound along the river.

Looking north (toward Highway 128 and the Colorado River from the bike path) at the new trail hub.


From the trail hub, the pathway continues south about two miles into the north end of Moab. When combined with the State Highway 128 pathway, this gives a mostly traffic-free biking return to your motel from the Porcupine Rim ride.

Crossing the river, northbound.

Northbound from the Colorado, Old 191 follows the east side of Highway 191 for 7 miles, then crosses under 191 to the west side until it reaches Highway 313. Roadies will take Old 191 all the way to its end on 313, then continue their climb up towards Canyonlands. This route is very scenic and has both satisfying distance and reasonable vertical climbing.

After crossing the Colorado northbound, turn left. This little stretch is also open to cars that are proceeding to the boat launch just east of the bike bridge.

To find Old 191, go to the north end of Moab. When you see a bike path along the east side of the road, you're there. At the Colorado River, there's a new trailhead for the paved trails with a bathroom. It's at the southeast corner of the intersection of Highway 128 (the road that follows the Colorado River northeast of Moab) with 191.

We're now northbound in the canyon. You can see why Old 191 is popular as a ride all by itself.

Old 191 has connections under Highway 191 on both sides of the river. You can enter the bike path north of the river while southbound on 191, and after passing under 191, over the bridge, and under 191 again, you can exit the bike path on the right side of 191 southbound into Moab.

Further up the canyon. We're away from the hustle of Highway 191, near the end of Deadman's Ridge.

When using Old 191 as your downhill path, remember that the speed limit for bikes is 20 mph.

You'll overtake wrong-lane cyclists with ipods in their ears and Chatty Cathies walking three abreast. So pass with care.

What's waiting for you on Old 191:  Access to the Brand Trails system and a bike ride starting in Moab where you never get in your car.

Distances from Highway 128 parking area:
Parking pullout on 191 - 1.1 miles
End of 279 (Potash Road) - 1.9 miles
Entry to Arches National Park - 3.0
Sidewinder Bar M - 4.9, 5.2, 5.8, and 6.0
Deadman's Ridge Trail - 5.5
Rusty Spur 6.1, 6.2
Bar M Trail - 6.2
Brand Trails Kiosk, pass-under 191 - 7.2
Gemini Bridges Road - 8.0
Highway 313 - 9.1 (ENDS)
Bottom of 7-Up on 313 - 13.2

Heading back downhill after a bike adventure.

Highway 128 Paved Path
At the north side of State Route 128, Old 191 connects to paved path eastbound between Route 128 and the Colorado River. As of May 2014, the trail rejoins Route 128 after two miles, ending just below the Grandstaff trailhead. (This trail head is the endpoint for the Porcupine Rim ride, or for hiking Grandstaff Canyon. This will be shown as Negro Bill Canyon on maps prior to 2017. The canyon is named after William Grandstaff, a black cowboy who ran cattle in this area in the 1870s.) If you're planning to ride further up the canyon with small children, you will be dodging cars now.

Looking west early in the ride. The trail here is supported on beams, so the edge is right above the water. The Colorado bike bridge is visible above the river. 

Because of the narrowness of the canyon, the trail is often supported on pylons above the river bank. That's why this bike path was so expensive. But it does a nice job of keeping motorists and cyclists separated, so you can enjoy the scenery in safety.

Heading uphill.

The pathway passes the Goose Island campground, providing bicycle-connections from your tent to the business district of Moab.

Once cyclists returning from Porcupine Rim have dodged 1/4 mile of traffic, the rest of the cruise back to town is worry-free.

And if you're just riding the Moab Canyon Pathway (Old 191), a detour up this paved path is 4 very easy and scenic miles round trip.

Looking uphill toward the entry to Goose Island, with cliffs of Navajo sandstone across the river.

Getting there:
Colorado parking, east side of Highway 191 on State Route 128.  Turn into 128 eastbound and immediately turn right into the parking area.
191 Tailings-area pullout.  Turn into the pullout on the east side of 191 just a mile north of the Colorado River.
Bar M parking.  On 191 a mile south of 313 (7 miles north of the Colorado), turn east onto gravel road. Turn 90-degrees right and either park at the south end of the parking and pedal 1/2 mile on the dirt Bar M to Old 191, or drive the route at park at the kiosk near the underpass.
Gemini Bridges.  Across the road from Bar M. Private area, fee required.
Highway 313. Parking on the north side of 313 across from the end of the bike path.

Old 191 GPS track file     Route 128 paved trail track