Southern Utah is known to have some of the gnarliest downhill riding and Nephi’s Twist is the perfect example of this. The little-known trail is full of jumps, drops, berms, and exposed ridgelines that will be a thrill for even the most experienced riders! That being said, this is a highly technical trail and extreme caution should be taken before riding it– a full face helmet and protective gear are highly recommended and it should never be ridden alone. This is a downhill specific trail so it is advised to shuttle it with two vehicles.
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!