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.

The Cottonwood trail head starts you out just southwest of the Red Cliffs Reserve. Most of this ride is fairly flat with some rollers and a little climbing in the lollipop of the loop. There is great mixture of slick rock, “crocodiles,” single track with small berms, and some technical sand climbs that will likely have you hoofing it a few yards. You might find that a Fat Tire bike is a better bet for this ride. If you don’t have one, don’t worry… anyone can ride this trail. On any style bike.
I would say this is one of the more “family friendly” trails in the area.  You never venture too far into the wilderness and always have an option to cut short or turn around if needed. That being said- Do your best to not turn around or you might miss some of the prettiest territory in the Washington County area.

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The sun rising on the Pine Valley mountains at the Cottonwood trail head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beauty of the Prospector Trail is it can be as difficult or easy as you want to make it! The terrain is a soft pack dirt in parts, some sandy trails, and some amazing slick rock!

 

 

 

Climbing Prospector with a view of Church Rocks in the background

Climbing Prospector with a view of Church Rocks in the background

Stunning Views!

Stunning Views!

 

Be sure that you don’t forget a camera. This is one trail for the books and you are sure to love the sites along the way!
Need a rental bike or more info on the trail systems in the area? Red Rock Bicycle has been kind enough to build an online trail map system for you!

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