Church Rocks

Saint George, Utah

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If you crave slickrock, then you’ll get a quick fix on Church Rocks. Once you start the loop section, the route is nearly all rock, whether open expanses or broken ledges. And it’s a known fact that riding any type of slickrock is better than riding no slickrock. You won’t really find solitude on Church Rocks because the entire route is within earshot of Interstate 15. Sure, the paved four-laner is intrusive, but the highway actually lends to the ride’s intrigue. Early on, you pedal under the freeway, not via a lofty bridged underpass, but through a football-field-long drainpipe. When you enter the tunnel you might think, “This is dumb,” but halfway through it gets damn spooky when your front tire disappears from sight. This route enters the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, which serves as protected habitat of the threatened desert tortoise. Spying one of the slow-moving lumps is rare, but you should be on the lookout just the same. Tread: Sand and rock doubletrack for .5 mile, a short section of sandy singletrack, and then nearly 3 miles of broken slickrock.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

If you crave slickrock, then you’ll get a quick fix on Church Rocks. Once you start the loop section, the route is nearly all rock, whether open expanses or broken ledges. And it’s a known fact that riding any type of slickrock is better than riding no slickrock. You won’t really find solitude on Church Rocks because the entire route is within earshot of Interstate 15. Sure, the paved four-laner is intrusive, but the highway actually lends to the ride’s intrigue.

Early on, you pedal under the freeway, not via a lofty bridged underpass, but through a football-field-long drainpipe. When you enter the tunnel you might think, “This is dumb,” but halfway through it gets damn spooky when your front tire disappears from sight. This route enters the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, which serves as protected habitat of the threatened desert tortoise. Spying one of the slow-moving lumps is rare, but you should be on the lookout just the same. Tread: Sand and rock doubletrack for .5 mile, a short section of sandy singletrack, and then nearly 3 miles of broken slickrock.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Saint George
Distance: 4.7
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year around
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, St. George Field Office, 435-652-3100
Local Maps: USGS: Harrisburg Junction
Driving Directions: Directions to Church Rocks

Recent Trail Reviews

5/8/2000
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This trail has some good slick rock but is short. The slick rock is marked with white and green paint but hasn't been re-painted for years. It's hard to follow. Make sure that once you go under the freeway that you take the second right and go left once you get on the actual rock.



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