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Santa Clara River Reserve Trail System

Rim Rock Trail

Recommended Users: Mountain Bikers, Hikers, Equestrians (only 2-track only)

Type:  Two-track and Singletrack

Length: 1.2 miles 
Management Area: Santa Clara River Reserve

Sub-Area: South Hills

Zone:  4

Managing Agency: BLM
Access: Cove Wash Trailhead – From I-15 Exit 6 turn north on Bluff Street. Turn left on Sunset Blvd. Continue on Sunset Blvd as it turns into Santa Clara Drive. Turn left on Gates Lane (just before reaching the Jacob Hamblin Home on the right). Cross the river and at 0.4 miles turn left (leaving the pavement). Note that the road from this point is steep and rocky, and can be eroded. At 0.7 miles turn right (at sign for Reserve). Pass the water tank, and at 1.3 miles turn right (at sign for reserve). Follow the road around to the left and park in the trailhead at 1.5 miles.
Description: From the trailhead, follow the Cove Wash West Trail (an existing two-track) until it drops into Cove Wash. Turn left into the wash to follow the Cove Wash East Trail for approximately .3 miles. Turn right onto an ATV track (which is the start of the Rim Rock Trail) that climbs up and out of the wash. Turn right at the first two-track intersection and continue traveling west up to the OHV exclusion fence and walk-over. The trail continues climbing up the two-track, but turns sharply off to the right just before reaching the top of the mesa. Continuing the short distance to the top will provide views of the Stucki Springs area below.
The trail is now all single track. It climbs and dips and sweeps around several tight switchbacks in order to reach the separate mesa that the Rim Rock Trail encircles. As alluded to in its name, the trail follows the rim of the mesa and passes though a couple of rock gardens. Look for striking rock formations such as sand filled potholes and highly eroded sculptures. Also look around at the great views of Boomer Hill, Santa Clara Peak, Cove Wash, and the distant White Hills. Having not experienced recent cattle hooves or OHV use, the mesa is a good place to see interesting desert plants, unusual reptiles, and cryptobiotic soils. Please keep it that way by staying on the trail.
The single track portion of this trail is a loop and can be biked in either direction. Several other “Rim” trails can be reached from Rim Rock: Rim Reaper, Rim Ramble, and Rim Runner.

Mountain Biking on the Rim Rock Trail through the rock garden

Reserve Trails Map

Reserve Brochure

Mountain Biking on the Rim Rock Trail

Cliffrose in bloom on the Rim Rock Trail

Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum)

Desert Poppy (Eschscholzia glyptosperma)