Virgin River Rim Trail

Cedar City, Utah

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The Virgin River Rim Trail (VRRT) is one of the newest trails in the Dixie National Forest and has instantly become a new-found classic. The trail follows the edge of the Markagunt Plateau, which is rimmed by the always-captivating Pink Cliffs. These salmon-hued limestones are the foundation of nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park and exude a propensity to erode to ornate shapes. Springs seeping from the lip of the Markagunt nourish the trail’s namesake Virgin River, which has cut the famous Narrows of Zion National Park far downstream. The entire 33-mile, point-to-point route is reserved for advanced cyclists who are acclimated to high altitudes. But intermediate and novice riders alike will revel in the VRRT by starting from numerous trailheads at mid-route and exploring part of the epic course. Tread: Nearly all singletrack with just a touch of requisite doubletrack mid-route. The 3 mile descent to Woods Ranch Trailhead is on a pebble doubletrack
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The Virgin River Rim Trail (VRRT) is one of the newest trails in the Dixie National Forest and has instantly become a new-found classic. The trail follows the edge of the Markagunt Plateau, which is rimmed by the always-captivating Pink Cliffs. These salmon-hued limestones are the foundation of nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park and exude a propensity to erode to ornate shapes. Springs seeping from the lip of the Markagunt nourish the trail’s namesake Virgin River, which has cut the famous Narrows of Zion National Park far downstream.

The entire 33-mile, point-to-point route is reserved for advanced cyclists who are acclimated to high altitudes. But intermediate and novice riders alike will revel in the VRRT by starting from numerous trailheads at mid-route and exploring part of the epic course. Tread: Nearly all singletrack with just a touch of requisite doubletrack mid-route. The 3 mile descent to Woods Ranch Trailhead is on a pebble doubletrack

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cedar City
Distance: 33
Elevation Gain: 4,100 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: late May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,000 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Cedar Ranger District, 435-865-3200
Local Maps: USGS: Navajo Lake, Straight Canyon, Strawberry Point, and Webster Flat.
Driving Directions: Directions to Virgin River Rim Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/1/2007
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This trail is for the climbing GODS, it is very tough, steep and only for the very strong climbers. The views are awesome and the forests lush. Don't miss Cascade Falls. Be strong, very strong to ride here. Camping at Navajo Lake is chilly, below freezing in late May. Te-Ah Campground is beautiful.


8/9/2002
0

Of the 40 or so miles of this trail I did, maybe 27 feet of it bored me. It was fast and furious from the get-go, challenging riders on fullies and hard-tails alike. Awe-inspiring views, zen-attaining descents through stands of Cedar, and the occasional flock of sheep.(That's right all you boys from the South, I said sheep!)... Go back as soon as you can, and try the Nevada Lake loop, while you are at it! Watch out for the Lava Flows....haha



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