Is biking one of the activities that brings you to Utah’s Dixie? Southern Utah has some great bike trails, and hosts some amazing biking competitions, such as the Tour of Utah, taking place Aug. 6, and the Red Bull Rampage in Virgin River, taking place Oct. 26. If you’ve never been down to Southern Utah to bike, below are three of our favorite mountain bike trails to get you started.
Bearclaw Poppy Trail
This is an easy trail, about 10 miles long, just southwest of St. George that can be ridden as an out-and-back or as a loop by utilizing city streets. It’s great views and rolling hills make it one of the most popular trails in the St. George area. This area has been designated as a protection area for the Dwarf Bearclaw Poppy, so be sure to ride on legal trails only.
The Anasazi Trail is a moderate trail, 6.5 miles out and back, just south of Santa Clara. This trail system has a combination of single and doubletracks that run along the Santa Clara River that features ancient petroglyphs along the way.
This is a strenuous trail, 9–12 miles, located 45 minutes from Hurricane, Utah. The trail includes slickrock and winding in and out of grooves and bowls. The path is marked with white dots, which bikers should be sure to follow. Please note, there is no water at Gooseberry Mesa, so be sure to bring plenty of your own.