Starting from Paradox Valley and crossing the border from Colorado to Utah, this ride climbs towards La Sal Mountains. The La Sal Mountains along the Utah/Colorado border are familiar to most visitors as the dramatic, often snow-covered backdrop to many of the viewpoints in Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. The peaks themselves are not much visited, despite being close to Moab. Attaining heights of nearly 13,000 feet, these alpine mountains are the second highest mountain range in Utah. Numerous hiking and mountain bike trails, along with picturesque campsites, make these mountains a great complement to your visit to Moab. The range contains three clusters of peaks that span a distance of about 10 miles (16 km). The name of the range dates to Spanish times, when the Sierra La Sal (meaning the "Salt Mountains") were a prominent landmark on the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles.