Experience peacefulness and solitude as you ride the BLM's Sunshine Loop through fascinating desert scenery. Interesting dry washes, colorful buttes and abruptly rising escarpments impress mountain bikers all along this half-day trip. The 8.5 mile (13.5 km) loop trail has a More Difficult Rating mostly because of difficult trial surfaces in some stretches.
Flash flooding is possible any time of year, so keep an eye on the weather and watch for rising water in the washes. To avoid conflicts and help ensure continued mountain biking opportunities, please stay on the marked trail and leave all gates as you find them.
At a Glance
|Difficulty Rating:||More Difficult (Occasional difficult trail surfaces, some portaging may be necessary)|
|Trail Length (round-trip)||8.5 miles (13.5 km)|
|Trail Profile||440 foot (134 m) change in elevation, mostly gradual slopes.|
|Trail Surface||Two lane road, single lane road and 36" trail. |
Mostly hard dirt. Some stretches of soft sand or rocky trail.
|Recommended Use Seasons||Fall, Winter, Spring|
|Average Riding Time||Half day (2-3 hrs.)|
|Special Considerations||Watch for flash floods. Trail may become soft, sticky mud when wet.|
The trailhead is located 10 miles southeast of St. George, Utah. Take Sunshine Trail road to parking area just south of the Arizona state line. The trail starts on the main road heading north. Cross Ft. Pearce Wash and take the first road to the right (East). Follow the bicycle trail markers through a gate and across Ft. Pearce Wash again. From there, the trail works its way south to a fence. Go through the gate and turn right. Follow the trail as it heads northwest to the main road and back to the trailhead parking area.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Arizona Strip Field Office
345 East Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
Phone: (435) 688-3200
Fax: (435) 688-3258
Field Manager: Lorraine Christian
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday