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Moab Day 3: Slickrock Trail & Canyoneering

by Matt Zaffino

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Posted on April 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 7:19 PM

What a perfect (for me) way to spend a birthday! And now, at 11 pm, I'm thoroughly whupped and it feels great.

Below is a just a taste of what we did today, future posts will include more pictures, the complete story and videos. 

Started the day on the famed Slickrock Trail, one of the best-known mountain bike loops in North America. It was so cool, exhilarating and fun! The views were continuous and over the top as we rode over the top of the sandstone rock formations east of Moab.  In less than 15 minutes from our downtown Moab hotel room, we were riding on a world-clas sandstone trail. It's gripping. Both on your tires and on your spirit.  


 I made the picture above as a rider cruised above a giant pothole on the appropriately named "Swiss Cheese Ridge". The pothole is about 20 feet deep and collects water after any rare desert rainfall.

After 3 to 4 hours on Slickrock Trail, we grabbed a bite in town then headed back up past the Slickrock trailhead up to the top of a slot canyon that led to the top of Morning Glory Arch, below.

 Matt from Desert Highlights sets the the ropes and then away I go, rappelling off the arch. It was SO much fun!

The picture above shows Robyn and I emerging from the slot canyon at the bottom of the first rappel. Inside the slot, we marveled at grottoes and pools and a rainbow of desert color. I'll have videos and more pictures in future posts.

But it's tie to turn as we ready for our last day of Moab and canyon country fun: A morning hot-air balloon ride followed by a round of golf at the Moab Golf Club.

Happy Trails,

Matt Zaffino