Stucki Springs Trail

Stucki Springs Trail lies inside the Bearclaw Poppy preserve southwest of St. George near the Green Valley Spa.  The trail itself is about 10 miles long. While it lies in barren desert, it’s a very popular and well-traveled trail. The trail is intermediate technical but suitable for experienced conditioned beginners — as long as you don’t take the “Classic Stucki” plunge from the Race CourseThere are many different riding options. You’ll need to ride other trails to reach Stucki, so the typical ride will be 13+ miles. Take more if you want to by adding other connecting trails.

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Adventure Is Calling.

Adventure Is Calling. Will you respond to it?

Although this video isn’t primarily about Zion National Park, it entails exactly what Zion is really all about. Get out in nature. Explore. Take it all in. Breathe.
We could all use a day or two away from our computers and phones.

We recommend going full screen and high definition for this. (It will take less than 5 minutes of your day.)

Adventure Is Calling from Shane Black on Vimeo.

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Mountain Biking – The Prospector Trail

The diversity in mountain biking trails in Southern Utah continues to astonish me.  With four rides in as many weeks, I have yet to come across a trail that is anything like the last one.
This weeks adventure was no exception.

Prospector / Church Rocks trail is stunning to say the least. In what can be a short 6 mile “Lollipop” style loop, or you can extend it and include other trails like the Cottonwood Trail or the Church Rocks etc… you will see some of the most vibrant red rock scenery anywhere.  A simple mountain biking trail map shows the basics of the loop and how you can expand from there.

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Shuttle System in Zion National Park Winding Down Operations

With autumn in full swing,  and the peak of summer visitation over with, the transportation/shuttle system at Zion National Park is winding down it’s operations for the year. The mandatory park shuttles will still be running on weekends only,  November 2 through November 24,  and also on November 28, 29, and 30, 2013 for the Thanksgiving holiday.   All shuttle bus operations will end completely for the 2013 season on the evening of November 30. The buses start running from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center at 7 a.m. The last bus leaves the Temple of Sinawava at 5:45 p.m. Shuttles arrive at each stop about every 10 minutes. Round trips from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to the Temple of Sinawava will take about 70 minutes. There is no charge for riding the shuttle buses. There are eight stops along the route and visitors may get on and off as many times as they want. Buses are fully accessible, pets are not allowed.

The park is enjoying striking fall colors, beautiful weather, and fewer crowds right now and we highly recommend you drive in to see some of our favorite sites. As the weather turns you will find certain trails being closed off partially or fully, but there is no shortage of fall and winter beauty.  The park’s Plein Air Art Invitational is set for November 4-11, with the Arts Auction for Education sandwiched in on the 9th.

Take this as your opportunity to explore and see a different Zion type view. Trees may become stagnant in the winter, but rocks are unchanging.