The Slickrock Trail is one of mountain biking’s most iconic rides and a Moab, Utah classic — but it might not be for long. Under a recent Bureau of Land Management proposal, the area could open to oil and gas drilling.
The trail sits within one of seven parcels the agency is proposing opening to energy extraction, two of which are in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, a prized outdoor destination that sees over 160,000 visitors a year. The Sand Flat parcels also include parts of the Glen Canyon Aquifer, Moab’s only viable source for drinking water, as well as the upper entrance to Grandstaff Canyon and Sand Flats Road, which accesses other iconic trails like Porcupine Rim and the Whole Enchilada. They are all part of a larger 6,700-acre proposal that will be auctioned off at an oil and gas lease sale this June.
The BLM will be opening a public comment period on February 20th, 2020. Those opposing this proposed opening of the nature area for oil and gas drilling are strongly encouraged to comment and speak up for their views.