Lower Monitor & Merrimac
Mill Canyon Trailhead, 16 miles north of Moab
Physically moderate, technically easier
30% graded road, 20% 4WD road, 50% slickrock
Elevation @ Trailhead
Ideal in spring, fall and winter; extreme midday heat in July and August
Follow Hwy 191 north from Moab 16 miles and take a left on the Mill Canyon Rd. Park at the trailhead on your right. Ride half of a mile and take a left where indicated. Stay left at the first intersection and take the first sandy right.
This is the best slickrock playground (stay on the rock!) in Moab for novice mountain bikers – less intimidating than Bartlett Wash or the Slickrock Trail. Sandy sections will hopefully be rerouted in the near future. It’s easy to confuse this loop with the Monitor & Merrimac Jeep Trail, which is mostly beach sand and heavily used by vehicles. The historic Halfway Stage house and the fossil quarry at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail can both be visited on this ride.