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Monitor and Merrimac Trail

Canyonlands National Park, Needles District, Moab, UT
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Ranked #38 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
66 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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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
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10 reviews 10 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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Ann Arbor
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2006

The trail is great, rather intermediate in terms of slickrock biking, but nice scenery for mtn biking. My boyfriend and I actually ran into 5-6 bears in the wash on the way out. We had come around a corner of shrubs (most of this area doesn't have much green vegetation) and were about 30-40 ft from them. One stood up... More

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