A Quick Vacation to Moab, UT! (Part 1)

This time of year at work in the ski industry, you can get fairly beat down trying to keep up with the fast pace at work. Dealing with the smallest issues can set you off. I’ve just been feeling like I needed a vacation. The weather has been rapidly getting warmer and so I checked the weather for Moab last week on a whim, and the forecast was for 70-80 degree temps! I asked Matt if he wanted to go and of course he said yes.

Last year around the same time we went to Moab in similar fashion, leave work and drive to Utah. This year at least we left work earlier (last year we started a 3.5 hour drive at 11pm. After a mild catastrophe at work for me on Sunday I was ready to get the hell out of dodge. We left work at 2pm, went home, packed the car and took off!

We arrived in Moab around 8:30pm and drove straight to our favorite campground on Potash Road and it was full, so we tried River Road, everywhere was full. We thought about sleeping in the car, but realized that if we wanted to be rested to run on Monday, sleeping in the car was going to suck, plus where? We were both exhausted and decided on biting the bullet and getting a hotel room. Luckily Motel 6 allows and dogs at no extra charge, so we bought a room for $80 and got a decent night’s sleep.

In the morning we went and got breakfast in town and then decided it might be a good time to look for a campsite. We went back to our favorite spot and found one site open. We snagged it, set up our tent and headed out for a run.

Making dinner at our campsite on Potash Rd in Moab


After much speculation on location and length we decided on the Mag 7 trails north west of town. We biked there last year so we relatively knew the trails. After getting lost and driving down the wrong road for a few miles we finally found the trail head. We started out on Bull Run trail and were so excited to run on dry trails in warm weather.

Matt and Shea running on Bull Run trail


The views and the trails melted away all my work stress instantly. It was just what I needed, warm weather and beautiful scenery all around! The Mag 7 trail system is fairly new and encompasses slickrock and sandy sections. It’s up above Moab with a clear view of the La Sal mountains to the south east.

Magnificent 7 Bike Trails.
Shea taking a break


We started a little later in the morning and it was already starting to get hot. We stopped every 30-45 minutes to eat and give Shea water and shade. She is such a trooper, with that thick black fur she was hot at times, but excited to be out running with us.

We ran all of Bull Run trail, crossed over Gemini Bridges road and eventually got to the junction of the Getaway trail. We followed this trail to the end and then ran the rest of the way up the road to the car. It was such a fun, beautiful run and has me really excited for running season!


Running on the Getaway Trail – with the La Sal Mountains in the background Photo: Matt Coye


Matt coming around the corner at the end of the Getaway Trail

 Part Two: Mountain Biking Sovereign Trail