Not as well-known (or as crowd­ed) as its famous cousin, Moab, to the East, the St. George and Hur­ri­cane areas nonethe­less offer up epic moun­tain bik­ing on the same scale, with a pletho­ra of big descents from moun­tain­tops down to spec­tac­u­lar val­leys. This trip boasts tons of moun­tain bik­ing adven­ture, rid­ing the best selec­tion of inter­me­di­ate-lev­el trails the area offers. How do we make it bet­ter? Las Vegas! To make your full expe­ri­ence as seam­less as pos­si­ble, we are pick­ing you up in Las Vegas and using this as a great excuse to ride a few trails in this rapid­ly expand­ing moun­tain bike for­ward region. While Vegas is most known for the strip, what sur­rounds the busy city are stag­ger­ing moun­tains in every direc­tion. What makes it eas­i­er? We will have bikes ready at no fee. Real­ly nice bikes!

Is This Ride For You?

You’re an inter­me­di­ate lev­el rid­er with enough expe­ri­ence to know your favorite trail types to hit at home, you can han­dle rocky ter­rain and nar­row sin­gle­track. You are look­ing to expand your bike han­dling skills through thought­ful and per­son­al coach­ing. You’re com­fort­able and con­fi­dent rid­ing a blend of trail rang­ing from cross coun­try and all-moun­tain trails (think long and some­times steep climbs paired with fun and semi-tech­ni­cal descents) and will­ing to give down­hill a try. Rid­ing mul­ti­ple days in a row, 3–5 hours per day is no big­gie to you. You are adven­tur­ous enough to ride near the cliff edges of mesas (from a safe dis­tance). You need a des­ti­na­tion you can get in and out or with ease and want to have every detail han­dled for you. You live for long days on the bike with adven­ture-mind­ed friends, reward­ed by the com­forts of a post-ride beer cool­er, great meals, and com­fort­able lodging.


DAY 1. Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas! We aren’t here to elope, see Elvis or win big (feel free to stick around after the week of rid­ing). While Vegas is rarely con­sid­ered for a moun­tain bike trip, turns out there are some great trails we can’t skip. After we do our ear­ly pick­ups, we will head to the bike shop and fit you on one of our rentals or build your bike if you fly with it.

We will review the safe­ty plan for the week and get to rid­ing. Day one will be a warmup on the Bears Best trail net­work. We will review bike han­dling and fun­da­men­tals. Your guides are cer­ti­fied instruc­tors, and we encour­age you to take advan­tage of their expertise.

Shut­tle to St. George and check in for 5 nights of cozy sleep before head­ing out for our first din­ner of the week.

DAY 2. Green Val­ley

Wake up to a beau­ti­ful sun­rise on your own pri­vate bal­cony over­look­ing the town of St. George, dust­ed with a back­drop of the Pine Val­ley Moun­tains and the vibrant red rock of Snow Canyon State Park.
We will head direct­ly to the trail­head for the Green Val­ley trails where we will dis­cuss the game plan for the ride.

The ride in the Green Val­ley is an open land­scape with dry, sandy soil and a great playlist of trails at our dis­pos­al for the day. Lunch will be at a pop­u­lar café downtown.

After lunch, we will head out to the oppo­site side of town for some more fun riding. 

This is a great day to check out one of our favorite local bike shops, Red Rock Bicy­cle Co if you are look­ing for a nice jer­sey to take home or some­thing for the bike for the week ahead.

Din­ner will be at the upscale-casu­al Cliff­side Restau­rant that offers New Amer­i­can fare.

DAY 3. Deep into Zion Nation­al Park

After a hearty made to order break­fast, we will jump in the van for a scenic hour dri­ve to the quaint town of Spring­dale, where the streets are lit­tered with art gal­leries, cof­fee shops, out­door stores, and restaurants. 

In Zion Nation­al Park you will have options of sev­er­al hikes. Our favorites are Angel’s Land­ing and The Nar­rows. We will be pack­ing our lunch­es to go for this day. If you are look­ing for more of a relax­ing day you are wel­come to explore more of Spring­dale or walk around the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. We will gath­er back up for an amaz­ing din­ner in Spring­dale before shut­tling back to our cozy beds. 

Din­ner will be at one of our all-time favorite Mex­i­can restau­rants. This place has been around since 1981 and for good rea­sons. It has a robust selec­tion of craft beers and tasty mar­gar­i­tas and serves up unique Mex­i­can and South­west dishes. 

DAY 4. Gua­camole with a side of JEM

Eat a big break­fast before a short shut­tle to the trails. Today, we will be rid­ing in two dif­fer­ent areas. Both offer very unique ter­rain. The morn­ing will start with the Gua­camole trail sys­tem and then we will tran­si­tion over to the JEM trails.

Start­ing out on sand­stone and pet­ri­fied dunes will be a great warm up. We will then progress into more chal­leng­ing ter­rain, where you will s rock drops, steep punchy climbs, slabs, and incred­i­ble rock formations. 

We’ll have a pic­nic lunch at the trail­head then head down the road to ride one of south­ern Utah’s flowiest trails, JEM. Con­sid­ered by BIKE Mag­a­zine to be a trail with some of the best flow in the U.S. JEM is just that… a gem!

You will most like­ly be beg­ging for a sec­ond lap. No prob­lem! We’ll be right there with you!

We’ll head back to the hotel for a lit­tle R & R. Din­ner is on your own tonight. Lots to choose from and we will give you great suggestions.

Day 5. Goose­ber­ry and Wire Mesa

We’ve made it to day 5 and have been rid­ing a ton and build­ing on your tool­box of skills. For the last day before head­ing back to Neva­da, we are head­ed to Wire Mesa in the morn­ing and then Goose­ber­ry Mesa after lunch. This will like­ly be the most chal­leng­ing ride we wran­gle in the area, but the rewards are matched to the effort.

Wire Mesa will be a good morn­ing warm-up with a mix of fast and flowy, a few tech­ni­cal sec­tions, and unfor­get­table views. Lunch will be at the van. 

Goose­ber­ry is a total clas­sic trail. You can­not come to the St. George area and miss this epic net­work of trails.

From the trail­head, we will start with tame dou­ble track before get­ting to the rim of the mesa where we will leave the tame behind and ride the tech and feel some of the expo­sure the region is known for. We will work in small groups to sup­port the added chal­lenge and cheer on our co-rid­ers as we nav­i­gate Gooseberry.

The views from the ride will stop you in your tracks so we rec­om­mend keep­ing your cam­era close at hand.

Day 6. This ride is going Downhill

Pack it up and back toward Las Vegas! We will be rid­ing the infa­mous Boot­leg Canyon. For our last hur­rah we are run­ning shut­tle laps. It’s fair to say, you have earned your turns. 

Our shut­tle rig will turn laps so you don’t have to wor­ry about climb­ing the big bikes. On the DH, there are many lines to choose from with some­thing for every­one (who have just fin­ished shred­ding St. George for the past week). 

When your arms are tired and you have had enough, we will open the beer cool­er with Lake Mead in the back­ground and give our last cheers for the trip. 

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