According to legend, lore and probably fact, mountain biking was born on the slopes of hills where I live, in Marin County, California. Much of Marin has been protected as public open space (see our related stories,) and so its ruffled terrain and many dirt roads have been perfect for those who love to get off pavement and ride. But have bike, will travel, and mountain biking has spread around the globe over the past couple of decades. No place has become more renowned as an off-road biking haven than Moab, Utah, and for good reason. Moab’s high-desert topography is terrific and its scale is immense. It’s a must-stop, must-explore neighborhood for riders of all levels of skill. Learn from those in the know, follow their guidance, don’t trash the landscape in search of selfish thrills, and then go enjoy it. I’ll be envious, but I’ll be back.