Church Rocks

Saint George, Utah 84771

Church Rocks

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."

Church Rocks Reviews

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5/8/2000
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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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018