Stucki Springs is a break-off from the Bearclaw Poppy Loop. With a total distance of about 14 miles, it’s a good way to expand Bearclaw into a longer trail. Also, it is a rarely ridden trail, so you’ll be able to stay away from the crowds. There are some awesome cliffs with great views of the desert, and I have seen desert tortoises on the Stucki Springs Trail more than any other trail. The actual Stucki Springs has an old watering hole for cattle but it seems to be dried up currently.
Kentucky Lucky Chicken is an awesome techy trail super close to town. With techy rocky terrain around every corner and some steep drop-offs, this is a trail for more experienced riders. There are some great views of St George and the Webb Hill radio towers throughout the ride, and some jumps off to the side at one section for those who are brave enough! You can either ride the loop clockwise or counterclockwise, but I prefer clockwise.
Wire Mesa sits just a few miles from its older sibling- Gooseberry Mesa, and offers the same great views and riding on a smaller scale. The trail moves along the edges of sheer cliffs at some spots offering spectacular views of the beginning of Zion Canyon. I like this area because it has some small trees and is more mountainous than St George, so it’s a good way to mix things up. There are some technical spots along the trail, most of which offer an easy trail option next to it. Wire Mesa is a great way to experience the technicality of Gooseberry Mesa combined with the flow of Jem.
Prospector is a fun cross-country trail that lies to the West of I-15. A large portion of the trail is rated as beginner, with some technical spots throughout. This is one of the few trails that I like to ride a hardtail on as it isn’t as rocky as other trails in the area. There are also three different entry and exit points on the trail, one at the start, end, and middle, which makes it easy to only do a small portion of the trail. With fast downhill and slickrock portions, Prospector makes for a fun ride!
Church Rocks is the mini Moab of St George. With tons of slickrock, drops, and fast descents, this is one of my favorite trails close to town! This is an intermediate trail with some reasonably techy decents. One of my favorite things about Church Rocks is that a few of the entrances and exits go under the freeway in drainage tubes that are big enough to ride in.
Barrel Roll is one of the most popular trails in the Santa Clara River Reserve, and for good reason. With miles of rocky single track, you’ll have plenty of fun exploring. Although a few sections do get technical, for the most part an experienced beginner should be able to feel comfortable riding it. Experience some of the most breathtaking views the desert as you speed down Barrel Roll!
Chuckawalla to Paradise Rim is an awesome trail system with just about every terrain that Southern Utah has to offer, from slick rock to dirt single track. This is an intermediate rated trail, which gets especially techy on the decent. Don’t let this discourage you though. This trail system will reward you with sweeping views of Santa Clara and some fast paced rocky descents. Every trail in the system is fun, but it is noted that Beck Hill trail is very sandy which may only be rideable by fat bikes. This is my go to trail since it is always guaranteed to put a smile on my face!
Rim Runner (Rim Reaper, Rim Rock, Rim Ramble) is a beginner-intermediate trail that’s less crowded than the nearby Barrel-Roll trail. This trial can be a great way to learn how to maneuver through some mild technical rocks, while still being able to enjoy fast, flowing sections. The views are amazing throughout the ride, especially at the peak of Rim Runner. Rim Rock Trail can also be accessed at the Rim Runner Loop if more ride time is desired.
From first timers to seasoned riders, Bear Claw Poppy offers a network of trails ranging from easy to difficult, making it possible for beginners to ride with experienced riders as they can all stay close together while riding a slightly different trail. The bottom half of the trail, starting at Navajo Dr., is rated easy to moderate, and the top (from Clavicle hill to the Three Fingers of Death) is rated easy to difficult. Bear Claw Poppy is a directional trail, so follow the signs to avoid congestion.