Kane Creek Pritchett Canyon Loop, Moab

location USA, Utah
We recognize Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of this land. Moreflag On Ute & Pueblos Land
  • Distance

    57 Mi.

    (92 KM)
  • Days


  • % Unpaved


  • % Singletrack


  • % Rideable (time)


  • Total Ascent


    (1,168 M)
  • High Point


    (1,730 M)
  • Difficulty (1-10)


  • 4
    Climbing Scale Fair67 FT/MI (13 M/KM)
  • 7
    Technical Difficulty Difficult
  • 5
    Physical Demand Moderate
  • 1
    Resupply & Logistics Easy
About Our Ratings
The Kane Creek Pritchett Canyon Loop is an overnighter bikepacking route that follows sandy doubletrack through the scenic Kane Creek canyon and over the ridges in the Behind The Rocks area before culminating with an epic descent down Pritchett Canyon.
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Originally published April 2015; recently updated April 2024

The Kane Creak Pritchett Canyon Loop begins and ends in downtown Moab and follows Kane Creek Blvd out of town and along the river into the canyons. After a quick pavement ride, you’ll pass the route exit at Pritchett Canyon. Continue for another mile and the track will become dirt and follow a southerly direction away from the river along Kane Springs Creek. The off-road ride follows a classic desert jeep road through the canyon with a long slow climb along Kane Creek. The road may be very sandy and there will be countless creek crossings and at times, the track is the creek… enjoy the cool water.

  • Fatpacking Moab - Bikepacking Kane Creek
  • Fatpacking Moab - Bikepacking Kane Creek

After the climb out of the canyon, you’ll turn north on 191 for a short paved ride; use caution. After a short stint on 191, you’ll exit on a dirt road to the right to bypass the more dangerous part of the highway. This leads to the Behind the Rocks intersection. Follow the GPX here and along this part of the route as there are a few turns not to be missed. After a little less than thjree miles, there will be a natural dune on the right of the track and there are several arches in this area to stop and admire. The route culminates with a long and incredibly scenic descent down Pritchett Canyon… keep your wits about you!

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  • Highlights


  • Must Know


  • Camping


  • Food/H2O


  • Seeing the desert come to life from the waters of Kane Springs Creek.
  • Riding through the rocky bottom of Kane Creek.
  • Incredible views of Kane Springs canyon.
  • Stopping to check out several arches along the way.
  • The epic, scenic, and at times technical descent down the Pritchett Canyon.
  • This route is best ridden in spring and fall months.
  • Sand can be very deep along Kane Creek Canyon, so larger 2.6-3.0″ tires are highly recommended, although skilled sand riders may be able to pull it off on ‘normal’ tires.
  • A good place to leave a car is at the Information Center in Moab; make sure to leave your name and license plate number at the desk.
  • You must pack out your poop. Moab is a highly-visited area and the area’s desert soil is not conducive to decomposition. Moab’s tourism authority clearly states on their website, “When developed facilities are not available, all solid waste should be packed out in approved waste bags.” Learn how here.
  • More than likely you’ll end up camping along Kane Creek. Most of this is BLM land and there are several good options for camping along the creek.
  • For a bigger day one, there are also some developed campsites in the Behind the Rocks area.
  • There is plenty of water along the route before leaving Kane Creek; bring a filter or purification tablets.
  • Hole in the Rock is located midway along the route and is open seven days a week from 9-5. Check hours to be sure at theholeintherock.com.

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