Things can heat up pretty quickly in the southwest corner of Utah in mid July. But when you’ve got world-class trails in your backyard, you don’t let a little heat stop you from getting out there and tearing up some singletrack. At least it didn’t stop me this last week, and I wasn’t alone on the trail. Here’s a few reasons you should bring your mountain bike on your next summer trip to St. George.
For the last five or so years, our little St. George has slowly been gaining notice among mountain bikers thanks to good word of mouth. We don’t need to be compared to other places like Sedona or Moab because the quality of singletrack and slickrock trails we have speak for themselves.
There’s a reason the Utah high school state mountain bike championship has been held here the last few years. It’s the same reason Red Bull holds its biggest mountain biking contest here, the Red Bull Rampage. The trails here are just plain awesome, and the views they offer are in a league of their own.
Trails for All Abilities
Whether you’re a complete newby to mountain biking and need to rent a bike or are a 20-year veteran that can take on the most technical terrain with ease on your own $5,000 bike, there is a perfect set of trails for you in St. George. Those of you in the latter group should make your way over to Gooseberry Mesa. It’s a master class of trails that will challenge your abilities and offer you breathtaking views of Zion National Park while you’re at it!
If you’re just getting into the sport, I recommend Barrel Rolls near Santa Clara. It’s a fun, easy ride that won’t ask too much of you physically and is beginner-friendly. It’s a great trail to get some miles under your belt. For a rental, I would strongly recommend Rapid Cycling. They rented me a great bike and were super helpful about it. Their staff is really knowledgable and will fit the bike to you and explain how to use it to its full capacity.
Sunrise Rides You’ll Never Forget
My ride on the Sidewinder trail the other day started at first light. Even though the temperatures reached a high of 110 that day, the ride was pleasant and by no means felt too hot. Starting at dawn isn’t just a pretty way to enjoy mountain biking, it’s also the best way to beat the heat. That soft orange horizon was really just a perk—but a pretty amazing perk nonetheless.
You’ll Appreciate That Pool More
If you take my advice and knock out some serious miles at sunrise, you’ll be more than ready to take advantage of the pool at your hotel or condo later that afternoon. Luckily, almost every one of the rentals in St. George has a pool—it’s kind of a must. If you don’t have a pool where you’re staying or want to amp up the adventure even more, I recommend going over to the tangerine-colored beaches of Sand Hollow State Park and renting a stand up paddle board.