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Desert Canyons

There are two mountain biking loops -- new in 2018 -- along the Southern Parkway just south of the St. George Airport. These are part of the Desert Canyons subdivision but are open to the general public. The first loop is open; the second loop is still being constructed, as of early June 2018.

Note that the trails have not yet been formally named (June 2018). I'm using the names "Desert Canyons" for the main loop and "Ft Pierce Wash" for the second (unfinished) loop as temporary placeholders.

View to the west from the upper mesa. Photos and ride description by Bruce on May 31, 2018.

Both loops start as the same trail from the northern Desert Canyons trailhead. To get there, take the Desert Canyons exit from the Southern Parkway (Highway 7). Turn north (left if you're eastbound from St. George or Bloomington). About 1/10th mile from the Parkway, the trailhead is on your right. It's marked by a couple of flags in May 2018.

Trailhead, looking north. Not the same trailhead as for Pushing Tin.

The main loop is easily done by beginning riders. The Fort Pierce loop (under construction) will be a bit more techy due to undulating surface and a few squeezing spots between rocks.

The terrain is wide-open, with views in every direction. There are no trees; just a bit of low brush among the rocks.

Looking north from the top of the hill, with the airport nestled in front of the Pine Valley Mountains.

The trails are general purpose and have been worked-over for ride-ability and run-ability. Areas with loose desert dirt have been hardened with a layer of road base. So even though brand new, the riding surface is firm. No fishtailing around in soft red desert-slop.

Note the different dirt colors. The trail has been reinforced with road-base crush -- so your tires won't dig into the fresh desert dirt.

The first trail fork is the Fort Pierce Wash trail on your right. It is not open for general riding yet (May 2018). Keep straight for the Desert Canyons lariat loop.

The next trail fork is the Desert Canyons loop. The trail is ONE-WAY and runs counter-clockwise. Make a hard right turn to begin your climb along the edge of the mesa. There's a flagged trail fork for the new trail near the top. Keep left to continue your loop ride.

Looking south toward the Desert Canyons development as we climb counterclockwise.

There's a viewpoint at the top with 360 degree desert views. Of that, about 90 degrees is the St. George airport to the north. But enjoy the Pine Valley Mountains behind the airport.

The trail begins a steady and gentle winding descent back to the trail fork. Make another loop, or keep straight to finish up.

Descending southbound.

 
Fort Pierce Wash loop (under construction)
Just stickin' a few pics here so I'm ready when the trail is open. The loop is probably less than 1/2 mile away from finished.

The southern side of the trail follows the shoulder between the mesa and Ft Pierce Wash, winding around and dodging boulders. One mile of the trail is complete and rides nicely. But it's not officially open. So if you see barrier tape or a sign, stay off. It's currently being worked on.

Looking northeast as we ride on the shoulder between mesa and wash.

The Rocky Mountain takes a breather at one of many tight
spots where the trail threads the needle between boulders.

The flag-line seems to indicate that the wash trail will meet a
descending trail from the top near the airport parkway.

Getting there, Desert Canyons parkway trailhead:
Southbound on I-15, take the Southern Parkway (Utah Highway 7) about a mile from the Arizona border. Keep left on the exit off-ramp to pass under I-15. Drive around 6 miles to the Desert Canyons Parkway exit. Turn left on Desert Canyons Parkway, pass under the Southern Parkway and drive 1/10th mile north to a trailhead on your right.

The Meditation Rock trailhead for Pushing Tin is on the opposite side of Southern Parkway (see map and directions on our Pushing Tin page).

Water:  none
Bathrooms:  none

Riding resources for this trail:
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
     2.9-mile lariat ride from Desert Canyons TH 
     Area multi-track file  Map datum WGS 84
Area aerial map for printing:  View area map
Lodging, camping, shops:  Links to St. George area resources

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