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Mountain Biking & Hiking in St. George, Utah

The surrounding mountains make for the perfect mountain biking experience

The St. George, Utah area boasts an impressive abundance of mountain biking and hiking trails, offering enthusiasts of all skill levels an unparalleled outdoor experience. From smooth, beginner-friendly paths to challenging, technical trails, the diverse terrain caters to every adventurer's preference. Riders can navigate through rugged desert landscapes adorned with sandstone formations, navigate winding singletracks amidst red rock canyons, or conquer steep ascents and descents with panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Hikers, too, are spoiled for choice, with trails leading to hidden arches, cascading waterfalls, and expansive vistas. The region's stunning scenery, characterized by towering cliffs, verdant valleys, and expansive vistas, serves as a breathtaking backdrop to every outdoor excursion. Whether seeking a leisurely stroll or an adrenaline-pumping ride, the St. George area offers an unforgettable outdoor adventure amidst some of nature's most magnificent landscapes.

Top Three Mountain Biking Trails

Zen Trail:

Nestled near St. George, the Zen Trail stands out as one of the area's premier mountain biking destinations. What sets Zen apart is its relentless challenge, offering advanced riders a thrilling experience with technical terrain and demanding features. Riders navigate through tight switchbacks, rocky sections, and steep descents, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding red rock formations. The trail's rugged beauty and adrenaline-inducing obstacles make it a favorite among experienced mountain bikers seeking an exhilarating ride through stunning desert landscapes.

Bear Claw Poppy Trail:

The Bear Claw Poppy Trail, located in the heart of St. George, offers an exciting blend of smooth singletrack and technical challenges, making it a must-ride for mountain biking enthusiasts. This intermediate-level trail winds through desert terrain, featuring rolling hills, sandy sections, and occasional rock gardens. What makes Bear Claw Poppy unique is its accessibility and versatility, catering to riders of varying skill levels. From beginners looking to hone their skills to seasoned riders seeking a fast-paced adventure, Bear Claw Poppy delivers an exhilarating mountain biking experience amidst breathtaking scenery.

Gooseberry Mesa:

Gooseberry Mesa, situated just outside St. George, beckons riders with its otherworldly landscape and unparalleled riding experience. This iconic trail offers a mix of slickrock, technical features, and breathtaking views, earning it a spot on every mountain biker's bucket list. What makes Gooseberry Mesa so unique is its surreal terrain, characterized by undulating rock formations and sweeping vistas of Zion National Park. Riders navigate along the edge of cliffs, maneuvering through challenging obstacles and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding red rock canyons. Gooseberry Mesa promises an unforgettable adventure for riders seeking an exhilarating challenge amidst some of Utah's most stunning scenery.

Top three hiking trails in the area surrounding St. George, Utah

Snow Canyon State Park: Hidden Pinyon Overlook Trail:

The Hidden Pinyon Overlook Trail in Snow Canyon State Park offers hikers a captivating journey through a landscape rich in geological wonders and desert flora. What makes this trail unique is its diverse scenery, encompassing red rock cliffs, lava flows, and ancient lava tubes. Hikers are treated to panoramic views of Snow Canyon and the surrounding desert landscape from the overlook. The trail's moderate difficulty level and intriguing terrain make it an ideal choice for those seeking an immersive hiking experience amidst the natural beauty of southern Utah.

Red Cliffs Recreation Area: Red Reef Trail:

The Red Reef Trail in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area is a hidden gem that showcases the stunning red rock scenery of the St. George area. What sets this trail apart is its tranquil ambiance and picturesque surroundings, including lush vegetation, towering sandstone cliffs, and a seasonal waterfall. Hikers can explore the narrow canyon, wade through shallow pools, and marvel at the colorful rock formations along the way. The Red Reef Trail's moderate difficulty level and scenic beauty make it a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts seeking a peaceful escape into nature.

Johnson Canyon Arch Trail:

The Johnson Canyon Arch Trail offers hikers a captivating journey to a hidden gem tucked away in the rugged desert landscape near St. George. What makes this trail unique is its destination—a natural sandstone arch that provides a stunning backdrop for photos and a sense of wonder for those who reach it. Hikers traverse sandy washes, scramble over rocks, and navigate through narrow slot canyons on their way to the arch, immersing themselves in the beauty of the desert wilderness. The trail's moderate difficulty level and the allure of discovering a hidden arch make it a must-hike for adventurers exploring the St. George area.

Lists and descriptions of main trails in the area surrounding St. George, Utah.

Trail Difficulty:
Biking Difficulty
  • Difficulty Level: Intermediate (13)
  • Difficulty Level: Advanced (6)
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner (5)
Trail Length:
Biking Length
  • Length: 4-7 Miles (8)
  • Length: 7-10 Miles (6)
  • Length: 1-3 Miles (3)
  • Length: 1 Mile or Less (1)

Bear Claw Poppy Trail

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Approximately 7 miles
Trail Summary:

Bear Claw Poppy Trail is a popular mountain biking trail known for its flowy singletrack and scenic views of the surrounding desert landscape. The trail winds through sandy terrain with occasional technical sections and features several fun descents and challenging climbs.

Location:

Bear Claw Poppy Trailhead, located near Bloomington in St. George, Utah

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Directions:

From I-15, take exit 4 for Brigham Rd. Head west on Brigham Rd, then turn left onto Bloomington Dr. Continue onto Navajo Dr, then turn left onto Paiute Dr. The trailhead will be on your left.

Trail Conditions: Variable, rocky sections with sandy patches
Trail Type: Loop
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Barrel Roll Trail

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Length of Trail: Approximately 6 miles
Trail Summary:

Barrel Roll Trail is a moderately technical singletrack trail that offers scenic views of the surrounding red rock landscape. The trail features rocky sections, twisty turns, and some fun descents and climbs, making it a favorite among intermediate mountain bikers.

Location:

Cove Wash Trailhead, located in the Little Valley area of St. George, Utah.

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Directions:

From I-15, take exit 2 for Brigham Rd. Head west on Brigham Rd, then turn right onto River Rd. Continue on River Rd, then turn left onto Crimson Ridge Dr. Turn left onto Granite Springs Dr, and the trailhead parking lot will be on your left.

Trail Conditions: Variable, rocky terrain with some sandy sections.
Trail Type: Loop
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Broken Mesa Rim

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced


Length of Trail: Approximately 9 miles
Trail Summary:

In 2019 the Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association lead a  volunteer effort to restore this trail back to a usable bike trail. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 51 min to complete.

Location:

Mesa Rim Trailhead located near Dammeron Valley, Utah

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Directions:

Take S 700 E/University Ave and S 1000 E to E Red Hills Pkwy, Head north on S 700 E/University Ave toward 600 S St, Turn right onto 100 S St, Turn left onto S 1000 E, Continue straight onto N 1000 E, Turn right onto E Red Hills Pkwy,

Take Cottonwood Rd to your destination
Trail Conditions: Steep and rough climb, loose rocky conditions
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Church Rocks Trail

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Approximately 5 miles
Trail Summary:

Church Rocks Trail offers a scenic mountain biking experience with panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape. The trail features smooth singletrack, rocky sections, and moderate climbs and descents, making it suitable for intermediate riders.

Location:

Grapevine Trailhead, located near the city of St. George, Utah

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Directions:

From St. George, head north on I-15. Take exit 10 for Washington City. Turn left onto Washington Pkwy, then turn right onto Telegraph St. Continue on Telegraph St until you reach the Grapevine parking area.

Trail Conditions: Variable, rocky terrain with some sandy patches.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: Yes
Campsites Available: No

Cottontail - Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Difficulty Level: Easy


1.3 miles
Trail Summary:

Cottontail Loop Trail offers a scenic hiking experience through the desert terrain of southern Utah. The trail features some gravel with occasional rocky sections and moderate climbs and descents, making it suitable for hikers of all skill levels. No mountain biking is allowed on this trail

Location:

No official trailhead or parking. Located on N Reserve Parkway in Washington, Utah

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Directions:

Head north on S 700 E toward E 600 S.  Take I-15 N to S Green Spring Dr/North Green Spring Drive in Washington. Take exit 10 from I-15 N.  Continue on North Green Spring Drive. Drive to N Reserve Pkwy.  Use any lane to turn slightly left onto S Green Spring Dr/North Green Spring Drive.  Turn left onto N Concord Pkwy.  Turn left onto N Reserve Pkwy.

Trail Conditions: Dirt road with views of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and local fauna
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Cove Wash East

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


5.4 miles round trip
Trail Summary:

Cove Wash Trail offers a scenic mountain biking experience along the banks of Cove Wash. The trail features smooth singletrack with some rocky sections and sandy patches, providing an enjoyable ride for intermediate riders. 

Location:

Cove Wash Trailhead, located near the city of Ivins, Utah.

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Directions:

From Hurricane, head south on N Main St. Turn left onto W 600 N St, then right onto N 800 W St. Continue onto N 1400 W St, then turn left onto W 600 N St. The trailhead will be on your right. 

Trail Conditions: Variable, with some rocky sections and sandy patches.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: Yes
Campsites Available: No

Cove Wash West

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Approximately 8 miles
Trail Summary:

Cove Wash Trail offers a scenic mountain biking experience along the banks of Cove Wash. The trail features smooth singletrack with some rocky sections and sandy patches, providing an enjoyable ride for intermediate riders. 

Location:

Cove Wash Trailhead, located near the city of Ivins, Utah. 

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Directions:

From Hurricane, head south on N Main St. Turn left onto W 600 N St, then right onto N 800 W St. Continue onto N 1400 W St, then turn left onto W 600 N St. The trailhead will be on your right. 

Trail Conditions: Variable, with some rocky sections and sandy patches.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: Yes
Campsites Available: No

Dead Ringer

Difficulty Level: Advanced


Approximately 4 miles
Trail Summary:

Part of the JEM trail, Dead Ringer, and Goosebumps loop. Dead Ringer Trail offers a thrilling mountain biking experience with technical terrain and challenging features. The trail features rocky sections, steep descents, and tight switchbacks, providing an exhilarating ride for advanced riders.

Location:

Dead Ringer Trailhead, located near the Gooseberry Mesa Trail system in Hurricane, Utah.

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Variable, with rocky and technical terrain.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Dino Cliffs

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Approximately 3 miles
Trail Summary:

Dino Cliffs Trail offers a scenic mountain biking experience through the desert landscape with views of ancient dinosaur tracks. The trail features smooth singletrack with some rocky sections and moderate climbs and descents, suitable for riders of all levels.

Location:

Dino Cliffs Trailhead, located near the city of St. George, Utah

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Generally good, with some rocky sections.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: Yes
Campsites Available: No

Guacamole Trail

Difficulty Level: Advanced


Approximately 5 miles
Trail Summary:

Guacamole Trail is a popular mountain biking trail known for its technical terrain and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The trail features rocky sections, steep descents, and challenging obstacles, providing an exhilarating ride for advanced riders. Start on the Margarita out and back trail till you get to the Guacamole loop. You can choose to continue on several extensions for a longer ride.

Location:

Guacamole Trailhead, located near Virgin, Utah.

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Variable, with rocky and technical terrain.
Trail Type: Loop
Hikers Allowed: No
Dogs Allowed: No
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Grafton Mesa

Difficulty Level: Advanced


Approximately 5 miles
Trail Summary:

Grafton Mesa Trail offers a challenging mountain biking experience with stunning views of Zion National Park and the surrounding red rock landscape. The trail features technical terrain, rocky sections, and steep descents, providing an exhilarating ride for advanced riders. 

Location:

Grafton Mesa Trailhead, located near Rockville, Utah.

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Variable, with rocky and technical terrain.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Gunlock Falls

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Approximately 1 mile one way
Trail Summary:

Gunlock Falls Trail offers a scenic hiking experience with views of Gunlock Reservoir and the nearby falls. The trail is a short out and back that is considered to be easy for all skill levels. HIKING only, no biking allowed.

Location:

Gunlock Falls Trailhead, located near Gunlock, Utah.

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Generally good, with some rocky sections.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Hurricane Rim

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Approximately 7 Miles
Trail Summary:

Hurricane Rim offers a scenic mountain biking experience through the desert terrain of southern Utah. This is part of the Hurricane Cliffs mountain biking trails. You can either start at the Hurricane Hill Trailhead, map located below, or at the Sheep Bridge trailhead and then take the Jem trail to Hurricane Rim. The trail by itself is out and back, but it can be combined with other trails to become a loop, such as Jem and Chinatown wash

Location:

Hurricane Hill Trailhead, located near Hurricane, Utah

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Single track with some fast downhill and some technical downhill, with steep climbs
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: Yes

Icehouse

Difficulty Level: Advanced


Approximately 7 miles
Trail Summary:

Icehouse is a downhill only singletrack trail, with lots of fast and technical downhill. It is recommended to shuttle this trail, or you can climb up Cottonwood road to make this out and back into a loop. This will transform your ride from a 7 mile trip to an over 17 mile trip. Bring lots of water for hot days, as there is little shade.

Location:

Parking can be found at the map below.

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Rocky, downhill single track
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: No
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Jem

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Approximately 7 miles
Trail Summary:

Description: JEM Trail offers a scenic mountain biking experience through the desert landscape of southern Utah. The trail features smooth singletrack with some rocky sections and moderate climbs and descents, providing an enjoyable ride for riders of all levels. This is an out and back trail that can be combined with other trails in the area for more riding or to form a loop

Location:

JEM Trailhead, located near Hurricane, Utah. 

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Generally good, with some rocky sections.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: Yes

Little Creek Mesa

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced


Approximately 9 miles
Trail Summary:

Little Creek Mesa Trail offers a scenic mountain biking experience with expansive views of the surrounding desert landscape. The trail features smooth singletrack with some rocky sections and technical terrain, providing an enjoyable ride for intermediate to advanced riders. Be warned, riders advise that there are rock cairns marking the trail, but they are few and hard to see.

Location:

Little Creek Mesa Trailhead, located near Hurricane, Utah.

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Variable, with rocky and technical terrain.
Trail Type: Loop
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

More Cowbell

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Approximately 3 miles
Trail Summary:

Part of the Jem trail system. This short loop is flowy and a good challenge for a beginner wanting to learn. The trail can also be ridden fast and flowy and is good for riders of all skill level.

Location:

Jem Trailhead near Hurricane, Utah

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Variable, with rocky and technical terrain
Trail Type: Loop
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Pioneer Rim Trail

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Approximately 4 miles round trip
Trail Summary:

Described as an easy hike, but intermediate and technical for mountain bikers. The trail is a mix of rocky and slick rock.

Location:

Pioneer Rim Trailhead, located in St. George Utah

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Rocky with slickrock
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: Yes
Campsites Available: No

Prospector Trail

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Approximately 8 miles
Trail Summary:

Prospector Trail offers a scenic mountain biking experience through the desert terrain of southern Utah. The trail features smooth singletrack with some rocky sections and moderate climbs and descents, providing an enjoyable ride for riders of all levels. This is an out and back trail, but it can be combined with other trails such as Church Rocks or Dino Cliffs to make a loop at the bottom and then take Prospector back.

Location:

There are a few trailheads you can use to access this trail. There is one at Highland park, but it does not show on Google Maps. You can also access this trail from Cottonwood Trailhead or Grapevine Trailhead.

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Directions:
Trail Conditions: Generally good, with some rocky and sandy sections.
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No

Quail Creek Mountain Bike Trail

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Approximately 3 miles
Trail Summary:

Enjoy the view of the lake from this moderately difficult trail with tight corner that makes it a fun challenge for intermediate mountain bikers.

Location:

Trail head is the Quail Creek Hiking and Mountain Bike Trail

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Directions:
Trail Conditions:
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Hikers Allowed: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Equestrians Allowed: No
Campsites Available: No
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