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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's Rules of the Trail. 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.

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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 Trail


Woman mountain biking Sidewinder Trail in the Santa Clara River Reserve


Electronic Bicycles: An electronic bicycle, also known as an e-bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor. Electronic bicycles are prohibited on all non-motorized trails managed by the BLM St. George Field Office.

The Bureau of Land Management classifies e-bikes as motorized vehicles, as defined at 43 CFR 8340.5 “(a) Off-road vehicle means any motorized vehicle capable of, or designed for, travel on or immediately over land, water, or other natural terrain, excluding: (1) any non-amphibious registered motorboat; (2) any military, fire, emergency, or law enforcement vehicle while being used for emergency purposes; (3) any vehicle whose use is expressly authorized by the authorized officer, or otherwise officially approved; (4) vehicles in official use; and (5) any combat or combat support vehicle when used in times of national defense emergencies.” (Information Bulletin No. 2015-060)