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Monitor and Merrimac Trail

Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, Moab, UT
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Ranked #45 of 51 Attractions in Moab
Type: Biking Trails
Activities: Mountain biking
Description: Sandstone cliffs and natural arches make up the sides of this trail.
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Fort Worth, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We just did this trail a few days ago. It seems some heavy rains had been through recently and washed out a lot of the trail and we had to walk our bicycles about 1 mile through thick sands and eroded trail. Once on the slickrock the trail was well marked but there were many before we got to the... More

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Salt Lake, Utah
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180 reviews 180 reviews
71 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have done this trail several times. This time we had a jeep and 4 ATV and we had a terrific day. Make sure you bring plenty of water and sunscreen because you are out in the open the whole time except when you go to Tusher Tunnel. The good part of this is that any skill level from novice... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
67 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

These buttes look just like the two Civil War ships facing each other down. We stopped on the way to Dead Horse Canyon and took a short hike in the visitor area. They are huge and an quick, easy stop beside the road. You can hike down to the buttes--we just wanted a quick view before spending the afternoon at... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We bought one ATV and rented another from Highpoint. They recommended M&M Trail. It had lots of variety and hardly anyone on the trail, which we really liked. We first stopped to see some dinosaur bones in the rock, then stopped at Tusher Tunnel for a walk through and then Determination Towers before heading back. Total trip time was about... More

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Flathead Valley, MT
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This trail is relatively easy and has some great but easy slickrock riding. I saw a few young families out riding. Enjoyed the views and the setting. When we were there it was peaceful with not too many people out and about. As far as the trail goes for riding nothing is particularly technical however there are some sand traps... More

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Centennial, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The Monitor and Merrimac Trail was almost deserted during our spring break vacation. The hardest part about it was having to get off our bikes and walk in places where the sand was too deep. Beautiful views of the vistas and LaSal Mountains.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Riding with Allen P from Solfun mountain biking tours was outrageously exciting while being safe and instructional--the best!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

This was the first stop of our visit in Canyonlands. We only ventured a few feet onto the trail and the views were great.

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Eldridge, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

These are 2 huge rock formations in Canyonlands National Park. We visited in June of 2010. Early June was a good time because it wasn't too hot yet, like later in the summer. Always have water with you however. We stopped to view the Monitor and the Merrimac (named after the 2 battleships) on the way to The Island in... More

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Sri Lanka
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

Went up 7Mile Jeep trail that goes between Merrimac & Monitor Buttes. Will need to have a modified Jeep to get through the trail. A side trip to Uranium arch is an interesting short diversion. There's a very tippy section on the slick rock passing around the buttes, very exciting. The last part of the trail is easy, traveling a... More

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