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St. George Bike Park

The St. George Bike Park is located along Sand Hollow Wash on the western side of St. George. The park includes around 60 acres, with three separate riding zones as of October 2018. Beginners can enjoy the paved bike paths, while the stunt areas start at intermediate and work up to insane.

Note that, at this time, the park is not officially open. However, riders can use the trails as long as they stay away from the construction zones where the park facilities are being finished. The park will open November 17.

Drone view of the pump track area in the south zone. Photos and review by Bruce on October 15, 2018.

There are a couple of paved loops you can ride. One circles the southwest riding area, and the other circles just south of the northwest stunt area. A paved path crosses Sand Hollow Wash to reach the eastern riding area.

The paved Sand Hollow Wash trail itself is about one mile long, running north-south parallel to the wash. At this time it doesn't connect to other paved paths, but the Lava Flow trail is 1/4 mile west near the intersection of Sunset and Lava Flow, and the Halfway Wash paved trail crosses under Sunset about 1/2 mile east. (Halfway Wash connects to the paved Snow Canyon loop trail.)

Crossing Sand Hollow Wash eastbound on paved trail.

My quick summary of the three riding zones would be:

East (by Tuweap Drive parking) - Mountain bike skills with bermed turns, rollers, some boardwalk stunts and drops that can be done by good intermediate riders.
South (along Lava Flow Drive) - Extensive pump track on the end closest to parking, 3 parallel jump lines bigger left to right, and a nice intermediate ride around the outside of it all.
North (out of sight past the pavilion) - Big air and wall hits. There's a loop around the outside that can be managed by upper-intermediates, but the inside lines require advanced aerial skill.

Putting finishing touches on the drinking fountain at the bathroom facility.

And for those of us who are either nervous, or just getting started:  Each of the three riding zones has an outside riding line that circles around the stunt area. This loop is significantly less hairy than what's inside. And that's where you should start. For experts, it lets you scope out the options. And for intermediates, it may be all you're good enough to do.

 
South (Lava Flow Drive) Zone
The south riding zone will be immediately obvious as you drive up Lava Flow Drive. From the parking area, it's immediately to your right, accessed off the paved bike path.

The northern half (closest to parking) is the pump track area. An experienced intermediate can navigate the pump track safely.

View of the entry into the huge pump track area.

The southern half of this zone is a jump line. The jumps here are more difficult than anything in the east zone, but much easier than the big stuff in the north zone. After four jumps, the outer track takes you clockwise back to the launching pad at the far southern end.

Looking south at the downhill (landing) side of the jumps.

The jump line has three lines. The required skill gets greater from left to right.

Side view of the jump ramps, taken from the trail that circles the south zone.

The entire south zone is circled by an intermediate-level trail. It has challenges including rockpiles and wood features. Expect twisters, up-and-overs, and rollers.

There are several entry points to this trail from the paved trail along Lava Flow Drive, as well as the main entry at the parking strip.

Riding south on the trail circling the south zone.

 
East (Tuweap Drive) Zone
The east zone is reached via paved trail. From the Lava Flow trailhead, descend on the paved trail heading directly east toward the wash. After climbing up the other side, there's an entry point just before you reach parking. But I strongly suggest you continue into the parking lot, turn right, and enter the trail at the south end of the parking strip. This will start you in the right direction.

Looking southeast toward Black Hill as the drone flies over the east zone.

The trail flows clockwise from the top. This is probably the easiest of the three areas for a mountain biker to enjoy. There will be some optional -- and non-threatening -- wooden features between the fun banked turns.

This turn and rollover are suitable for early-intermediates and youngsters.

There are two sets of drops. One set has two intermediate options of differing height. The second set has an upper-intermediate and an expert drop.

The tougher set of drops. The lower drop has a small gap that forces you to take it with speed, while the higher one is, well, high.

If you're a mountain biker who wants to start doing fun stuff -- but haven't really worked up to launching up into the air -- this eastern zone is where you should start.

Rolling into an intermediate-level drop.

 
Northern Zone
The north zone is reached by taking the paved bike path north between the bathroom building and the pavilion. Keep straight and you'll reach the paved launching pad.

I suggest you first take the far-left option. This is an upper-intermediate loop that circles the stunt area. If you're not an experienced jumping expert, this is the ONLY line you should ride in this area.

Looking to the north toward Snow Canyon, with the paved Sand Hollow Wash on the right and the stunt area in the foreground.

There are two jumping lines in the center of the north zone. I didn't find any way for an intermediate rider to safely get through either one, as there are no ride-arounds or novice options. 

Looking south from near the north end of the riding area. Note the sharp, near-vertical launching ramps and the wall-rides.

The stunts require speed and experience. You're expected to launch up high enough to clear some space and  land on the downside. Even the outer loop is harder here.

A/B lines on the jump, leading into a wall ride to turn you around for the next jump.

I didn't see anyone hitting the big features in this area during my checkout ride. These lines can be considered high-expert-only.

Two "you're kidding me" stunts.

Quick look at the park by drone fly-over...

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Pavilion still under construction in October 2018. Again, the park is not officially open -- and there are "no trespassing" signs -- but riders are using the park. You're allowed to ride the finished zones as long as you stay away from active construction areas.

The official opening for the park is November 17.

Getting there:
Lava Flow Drive Trailhead:  From Bluff Street in St. George, go northwest and turn left onto Sunset Boulevard westbound. Drive 2.0 miles and turn right on Lava Flow Drive. Go north 0.6 miles and find the parking area on the right (just as you pass the high school on your left).
Tuweap Drive Parking:  Go west on Sunset Boulevard as above, but turn right just before you pass through Sand Hollow Wash on Tuweap Drive at 1.7 miles from Bluff Street. Go north 0.7 miles and turn left into the parking area.

Facilities:
Bathrooms with sinks and full plumbing
Covered picnic area, pavilion
Drinking water

Lodging, camping, shops:  Links to St. George area resources

 

This review October 15, 2018
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