Cool temperatures, great trails
It was cloudy and sprinkling lightly when we got to Dead Horse Point State Park late Saturday morning. There were a fair number of cars in the parking lot but we only saw six other MTBers when we were out on the Intrepid trails - delightful! The trails were in good shape too, not nearly as sandy as we have found them on prior visits. We did the Big Chief loop on the east side, then went across to the west side for Whiptail and Twisted Tree.
Looking west-ish from Whiptail Trail
After our ride (16.5 miles, 2 hours with standing around gawking at scenery), we chatted for a while with a friendly Kiwi (New Zealand) who was dirt-bagging around the American west, then headed in town to check in at our motel. The cooler temperatures were allowing tourists to bring their dogs with them to Moab; we met Sophie (6 mo. old mastiff) and Felix (5 yr. old border collie mix) as we sat in front of our room, enjoying a beer as the sun set.
As we often do on our first night in Moab, we walked to the Moab Brewery for dinner. It was super-busy (lots of runners who had done the Saturday trail run) but we managed to score seats at the bar without waiting too long. A chile verde burrito, gyro wrap and a couple of Johnny's IPAs later, we headed back to our room and called it a night.