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Non-Motorized Trails

One of the best ways to experience the desert terrain of Southwestern Utah is on one of the 83 trails managed by the St George Field Office. Many of the trails are open to multiple users, including hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

Hiking trails range from signed and maintained singletrack in the urban interface, to primitive backcountry routes in Wilderness Areas. Hikers are restricted to designated trails in the lowland portion of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and in Zones 1, 2, 3 & 5 of Santa Clara River Reserve

Biking trails range from a smooth and easy out-and-back cruise on the Bear Claw Poppy Trail, to an after work spin on Barrel Roll, to the experts-only, double-black diamond terrain on Gooseberry Mesa. Bikers should stay on trails and follow the IMBA Rules of Responsible Riding. Mountain bikes are restricted to designated trails in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and the Santa Clara River Reserve

Riding opportunities for equestrians are abundant, and can range from a short, easy, close to town jaunts to long, demanding backcountry trail rides. Horses are restricted to designated trails in the lowland portion of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and in the Santa Clara River Reserve.

Our desert environment can be pleasant in the popular spring and fall months, tolerable in the winter, and brutally hot in the summer. Users should carry water, food, clothing, and tools and be prepared for changing weather, riding conditions, and accidents. Many trails travel through remote country, but cell phone coverage is generally good throughout the area. Please Know Before You Go.

A comprehensive list of trails with complete descriptions can be found within each trail system or in the SGFO Trails List.


Two hikers on Hellhole Trail in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Trail Systems

Bearclaw Poppy

Canaan Mountain Wilderness

Gooseberry Mesa

Hurricane Cliffs

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Santa Clara River Reserve

SGFO Trails List

An equestrian standing by his horse on Chuckwalla

Woman mountain biking Sidewinder Trail in the Santa Clara River Reserve

Motor Assisted Bicycles: Motor assisted bicycles are prohibited on all non-motorized trails managed by the BLM St. George Field Office.

The BLM St. George Field Office has determined that motor assisted bicycles (electric, gas, or diesel) are motorized vehicles. Use of motor assisted bicycles is only allowed on roads and trails open to motorized use. Please visit our motorized recreation web page for information on motorized trails managed by the St. George Field Office.

Regulations found at 43 CFR 8340.0-5(a) define an off-road vehicle as "...any motorized vehicle capable of, or designed for, travel on or immediately over land, water, or other natural terrain...." Furthermore, regulations found at 43 CFR 8342.1 direct the BLM to designate routes as either available for or not available for off-road (motorized) vehicles.
Since electric assisted bicycles have a motor, they fit under the definition provided in 43 CFR 8340.0-5(a) as off-road vehicles. Thus, electric assisted bicycles are allowed only on routes designated for off-road (motorized) vehicle use and prohibited from routes that have been designated only for non-motorized use.
At this time, there is no other BLM guidance specific to managing electric assisted bicycles, so the BLM St. George Field Office is managing the use as motorized based on the rationale described above. This policy is consistent with the policy recently implemented by the BLM-Moab Field Office.