Church Rocks Professional Review and Guide
"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."