Looking for a warm-up, all yee mountainbikers and potential mountainbikers? And by warm-up I mean that in the literal sense. I'm hearing a ton of grumbling about the heavy snowfall of late and while I personally dig it I have an alternative for those of you suffering from 'winter'. Head south.

The temperatures in Moab are predicted to climb as soon as this weekend so if you truly need an anti-snow fix, grab a bike and hit the road.

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Oh yeah, since you are probably rusty, ease yourself fattire bike self into shape with these classic beginner trails:

The 1.1-mile Intrepid Trail Loop in Dead Horse Point State Park is one of the few dirt single-track systems where families with younger kids can ride. Another easy path, also part of this particular loop system is the 4.2-mile Great Pyramid Loop for riders with some experience at shifting on dirt trails. The 9-mile Big Chief Loop ties the two together with a few white-knuckle challenges but most of the trail can be ridden with a single-gear bike.

The 7.9-mile Bar M/Courthouse Loop is a fairly easy ride with an elevation change of about 300 feet. It's not uncommon to see baby trailers and trail-a-bikes on this one.

Locals use the 13.5-mile Gemini Bridges Downhill for a warm-up and for its dramatic scenery.

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And while you're down in Moab look for the Potash Road petroglyph panels on blackened, sheer cliff faces along Potash Road on the north side of the Colorado River just out of town. Another close site, the Kane Creek Panels beyond the mouth of Moon Flower Canyon expose ancient figures, desert bighorn sheep and a number of abstract shapes. A short distance farther are more panels with bighorn sheep, snakes and human forms.

South on Rt. 191 toward the entrance of Canyonlands NP is Newspaper Rock, one of the more famous rock art displays in the West with a 200-square-foot area of extremely dense Native American petroglyphs created by several ancient cultures beginning some 1,500 years ago. The drawings consist of animals, human figures and many inexplicable symbols.

Poison Spider Panel near the Poison Spider Mesa Trailhead and the Great Gallery complete the Top 5. Great Gallery comes with a challenging 6.5-mile round-trip hike into Horseshoe Canyon (part of Canyonlands National Park). Here humanoid forms, some undoubtedly gods or great ones, stand 10-feet tall with animals and special symbols incorporated into their robes.

For more information on guided Moab Mountain Biking visit the Moab Adventure Center. They will also plan adventures river rafting, canyoneering, mountain biking, hiking, 4x4 off-road exploring and hot air ballooning. Stop in for last minute supplies and directions before heading out on trails ranging from one plus to nearly 14 miles. 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163.