St. George is already on the map
for sought-after destinations like Zion National Park, Snow Canyon and Tuacahn…and now you can add world-class mountain biking to that list.
How did St. George jump to the top of the list of premier mountain biking destinations? Much of the new status is thanks to 15 years of work to build more than 350 miles of single-track and double-track trails. The work continues this fall as crews work to build additional trails near Quail Creek Reservoir.
But the trails are just the beginning of what makes St. George the newest mountain biking mecca. Here are the top five reasons why St. George should be your next mountain biking getaway:
1. Year-round riding:
St. George’s Mojave Desert environment allows for year-round mountain biking on trails that offer striking vistas of Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. In addition to being open 365 days a year, St. George’s mountain biking trails are seemingly private and offer an abundance of solitude.
2. Unique Topography:
Those wanting trails with lots of personality, challenges and variety have come to the right place. Southern Utah’s brutal-yet-beautiful desert provides the best of both worlds: extreme technical spots alongside family friendly areas. The St. George area has become particularly attractive to mountain bikers because of the purpose-built trails that take riders to the top of red rock mesas. Gooseberry Mesa, near Hurricane, was dedicated as a National Recreation Trail in 2006 and has quickly become a crowd favorite.
3. Convenient location:
Convenience also plays a big part in drawing mountain bikers to St. George. Riders can quickly link to miles of trails right from town. Being located on Interstate 15—with access to the city’s municipal airport and the international airport in Las Vegas—allows visitors to maximize time on the trails.
4. Community support:
People from all over the world are discovering southern Utah’s rare landscape and unmatched beauty. In November, the annual 25 Hours in Frog Hollow mountain bike race attracted participants from 17 counties. The race is supported by the area’s renowned supply of volunteers who help out at sporting events like IRONMAN and the Huntsman World Senior Games. In addition, non-profit groups have donated time and money to build and maintain the mountain biking trails.
5. Access to National Parks:
St. George’s mountain biking trails are surrounded by a paradise of oversized adventure, including desert reserves, 11 golf courses, 200-million-year-old dinosaur tracks and some of the nation’s most popular national parks. Zion National Park is located just 40 miles from St. George. For families looking to cross a few items off their bucket list, Zion is a must-see and must-do destination—whether it’s taking a day trip on horseback, hiking the narrows in waist deep water, or camping out under a star-filled sky.
St. George offers “everything from A to Zion” for families and adventure seekers. The celebrated area offers easy access to Zion National Park and several dedicated wilderness and recreation areas for hiking, climbing, cycling and trail running. A stroll through the city’s picturesque downtown provides boutique shopping and eclectic dining. For those seeking the neon lights, Las Vegas is only a 90-minute drive away. To easily plan your trip, visit: http://mytrip.atozion.com.
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