This civilized, 22.5-mile ride consists of a short, 2-mile spur connecting to an 18.5-mile loop. Aerobically its difficulty lies somewhere between easy and moderate, with about 1,000 feet of climbing, all of it on pavement. Technically the outing is rated easy, as riding surfaces include only pavement and hardened gravel. A couple of miles into the ride you spin through Gunlock, named for sharpshooter “Gunlock Bill” Hamblin. It’s a quaint little out-of-the-way community with plenty of low-slung houses—unpretentious and utilitarian.
After climbing to and pedaling through the busier settlement of Veyo, then ascending the flank of Veyo Volcano, you drop on gravel past Upper Sand Cove Reservoir—reeds, waters, and cottonwoods probably whipping southward in the north wind—and then view the big bulk of the Bull Valley Mountains looming to the distant right and, closer to the left, low desert mountains. Before dropping back to the main road you zip past the turn to Lower Sand Cove Reservoir, with its beautiful backing of slickrock. It’s definitely worth dropping down the spur road to explore a bit. General location: About 20 miles northwest of St. George.
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