Rides

Bear Claw Poppy Trail / Green Valley Loop

A Local Favorite

Info

This was the first established mountain bike trail in St. George. Now adopted by the BLM and called the Bear Claw Poppy Trail, this ride lies about 6 miles west of St. George and is a 10.2 mile loop.

This loop consists of 3.8 miles of single track, 4.6 miles of double track and 1.8 miles of paved road.
The estimated time to finish is 2 hours.

The difficulty level stays around the middle of the spectrum, with very fast sections as well as some sketchy descents. For beginning riders, try riding the trail from end to start. This will give you 90% of the fun with 10% of the risk for injury.

When out enjoying this fun and fast side, you will notice that there has been signs posted to mark the different sections of the ride. Some of these are “Three Fingers of Death”, “Acid Drops”, and the “Roller Coaster”. With name like these, you will be sure to enjoy the time you spend on this bike trail. There is a great out and back side route signed Stucki Spring.

Directions

Getting there, Green Valley: Take the Bluff Street I-15 exit in St. George and turn west. Immediately turn south (left) on Hilton Drive. Go past the golf course and turn right when you reach Dixie Drive. Turn left at the sign for Green Valley Spa. Drive past the spa to the end of the paved road. You can park here and ride to the road that climbs the RIGHT side of the little sandstone canyon. Or, you can stay in your car and turn right on dirt, then drop left down into the valley 100 yards later. Follow the improved gravel road up to the parking area about 3/4 mile later.

Bloomington: We recommend that youngsters go to the Bloomington end of the trail! Go to the west end of Navajo Drive in Bloomington. Go across the cattle guard. See the low rail on the fence 100 feet to your right? That’s the trailhead.

Trailhead N 37 05.509’ W 113 37.6 89’
Bloomington N 37 03.116’ W 113 37.362’

Directions Courtesy of www.utahmountainbiking.com

GPS: N 37 05.509’ W 113 37.6 89’

Church Rocks Loop

A taste of Moab in St. George

Info

The ride lies about 6 miles northeast of St. George and is a 6.4 mile loop. The loop is a series of single track (and what we label) maintained dirt. There is 3 miles of the single track and 3.4 miles of packed dirt. For this ride it should almost take 2 hours. This is another trail that will be scaled in the middle of the 1-10 spectrum. With great views, sudden drops, and short steep sections, you will have a good time maneuvering through the terrain. It is an excellent ride for your first time on slick rock. Have fun, and remember to tuck your head and roll, you’ll save your elbows.

Directions

Take the Washington exit from I-15 (about 10 miles north of St. George). Turn towards town, then turn left at the traffic light onto Telegraph Road. Drive 3.3 miles through Washington and begin climbing a hill. At the top of the hill, you’ll see the gravel road on your left (usually blocked with a chain and labeled “No Trespassing.”)

Directions Courtesy of www.utahmountainbiking.com

GPS: N 37 08.316′ W 113 28.140′

Gooseberry Mesa

The one that everybody asks about

Info

Of the popular local trails, this one is definitely the furthest away. This trail has been featured as one of the best by several national publications. It will take about 1 hour to get to the trail head from St. George. Once you have arrived in the parking lot, make sure that if you are not too sure of your “SPD’s” that you change your pedals. There is a short practice loop for first timers. If you are sure of your ability to clip out quickly, be assured that you will be doing it frequently the first time around the 11.1 mile loop. It should take you around three hours to complete the loop. If you are looking for technical then you have definitely found it. If you are looking for fast, this is not it. With sudden turns and steep drop-offs you will need to be on your game with this trail. This trail will make you pay for your mistakes, but you will feel rewarded when you have made it back to the parking lot.

Directions

North: As you approach Zion National Park in Rockville, turn south (right) on Bridge Road. Continue straight until the road turns right (west) and turns to gravel. Keep left at the fork at 1.5 miles. At 6.2 miles, watch for a road going through the fence on your right at the top of the mesa. 3.6 miles after this turnoff, fork left at the outhouse. Now ignore any smaller branching roads. 1.1 miles later, you’ll cross a cattle guard. Park there. The trail begins along the fence on the left side

South: In Hurricane heading east on Highway 9, turn right at the Highway 59 sign. One block later, turn left and drive out of town. About 15 minutes later, pass a gas station on the left-hand side, then some fields. Watch for a “Scenic Byway” sign 14.8 miles from the turnoff in Hurricane, and turn hard left onto a dirt road. Two miles later, just as you reach juniper trees, the Gooseberry Mesa road turns off on your left. Drive to the trail head as above.

Directions Courtesy of www.utahmountainbiking.com

GPS: N 37 08.500 W 113 10.300′