Church Rocks - TRAIL

Church Rocks - Trail, St. George, Utah

Lots of red slickrock and desert singletrack, but the ride is short overall. The basic loop is a little hard to follow in the beginning (the blazes are fading), but you're close to I-15 the whole way, so you won't get lost. The slickrock is a blast.

User Reviews (11)

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helibird   Weekend Warrior [Jun 11, 2008]

Fun trail! It is pretty short but ride it a couple times or switch directions and it becomes a whole new trail!! I'm just getting back into biking so my skill level isn't probably what most people on here is but I found this trail pretty challenging. Lots of rocky hills to climb with a couple spots I found a little spooky. As I said I'm pretty much a newbie, but I'll admit I walked my bike thru at least 5 spots.

Customer Service

There is a new phase of the coral canyon developement on top of the bluff now. Get off on exit 13 and take washington pkwy to telegraph rd, turn left, go up to the top of the hill and take another left at the light at the top, keep going until it turns to dirt, take the dirt access road all the way to the water tank, park and ride down the dirt road to the south of the tank, the tunnel under I 15 is right there but was kind of hard to see thru the brush. We rode the trail counter clock wise, but I think clockwise would actually be a little better. It puts some of the harder obstacles on the downhill.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
pinkbike   Weekend Warrior [Jan 22, 2006]

This is a fun little trail if you're looking for a quick ride after work. The scenery is beautiful, and the single track is fun. I do have one gripe though - HORSES. I know we all have to get along and share trails and I will do my best to get out of the way of horses if I see them coming. BUT, their little hooves rip up the trail, they create new trails because their horses can't make it up some of the rocks, and they poop in the trail. The last time we rode this trail, we came across some horse-folk who even gave us crap for parking our car in their spot! There are a dozen trails in this area, all of which are closed to bikes except this one. Why can't the horses ride the other trails and leave this one to only bikers? The BLM needs to get a grip on this area, horse people aren't the ONLY ones who utilize this trail.

Customer Service

Oh I dunno, ride up the road and turn left. You'll figure it out.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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2
DoorsFreak   Cross Country Rider [Apr 10, 2005]

Very fun trail. Short though. If you start at the top of prospector and come down to church rocks and loop back, its much longer. To start at the top of prospector drive north on I-15 from st. george, get off at the leeds exit. The second you get off the exit hurry and turn right (90 degree turn). Take this side road down toward the rv parks and make your first right and go through the tunnels. After you cross the river look out for the trailhead on the left side of the road. Its before the red cliffs state park, so its free. park at the trailhead and have fun.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
terryash   Cross Country Rider [May 07, 2004]

There is a northern access to this trail. It creates a six mile approach (and a six mile return) along fun rolling singletrack. Much preferrable to the other approach along the dirt road. Stop in at Red Rock Cyclery, they have a booklet with descriptions and directions for many outstanding local trails.

Customer Service

From the parking area, follow the dirt road about 1/4 mile. Watch for signs saying "Prospector". The trail crosses and goes in two directions, take the left most trail (the one that obviously goes south). After about 6 miles, the trial will hit the Church Rock trail. It is NOT marked. There is a steep, loose climb (most will walk) if you go left and a steep technical slickrock climb if you go right (many will walk). I have ridden it both ways, and both are fun try both and decide for yourself.

Similar Products Used: GOOSEBERRY, Broken Mesa, Green Valley, Bear Claw Poppy.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Byron231   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2004]

This is a cool little trail the best way is to ride the loop both ways, then play around on the slick rock. I gave this trail a three because getting to the trail is a 2 and riding the actual church rocks is a 4, plus there are so many more cooler rides around St. George. If this trail were anywhere else I would give it a 4

Customer Service

If your paranoid of the no trespassing sign then the best way to get to this trail is from the south. Take the Washington exit and head west, then take the first right and continue northward traveling parrallel with the freeway. When the paved road turns west there's a dirt road that continues straight. Take that road and continue going N on the most used dirt road, you'll eventually end up at another trail head, then drop into Chuch rocks. If you get side tract, don't worry as long as you continue going N you'll eventually wind up at Church Rocks

Similar Products Used: Gooseberry, Green Valley, Broken Mesa, and the trails around Pioneer Park
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Jeremy Larkin   [May 08, 2000]

This trail has limited Kickers but if you are from the state you will enjoy the thrills that this has to offer. Don't rely on Tubeless Tires to not give you a flat because this trail eats all different compounds of rubber so better watch out.

Customer Service

Go to Telegraph road and follow it north towards Hurricane until you come to the top of the Mesa directly out of Washington, turn left at the Cattleguard and drive to the water tower. Park and descend down the trail through the tunnel that go's under I-15 and ride the loop clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Gooseberry,Littlecreek,Green Valley Loop, Stucki Springs, All Four Race Courses, Jem Loop, Redrock Desert Rampage
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Doug Wilson   [Nov 01, 2000]

Once your up on top of the first set of red sandstone rocks then the loop begins. You ride east for quite a while, you are paralleling the freeway and towards the end you are almost perpendicular with the Hurricane Exit on the freeway, you then drop off the top and loop back. The trail is great and a lot of fun. There is a lot of area here to ride and just explore. It appears that a trail continues on to the East that we didn't have time to take. There are also trails off to the West that look fun. Next time!

Customer Service

We went to the beginning of the dirt road and found a no tresspassing sign so we decided to take a different route. We drove up the freeway, I15, coming out of Washington and about a mile before the Hurricane, Zion National Park turnoff, there is a watertank up on the hill. There is a nice pulloff here. You should be right under the water tank, looking up at a lave cliff that is made up of columner jointed lava. You have to cary or walk your bike down into the wash and ride under the freeway in a large culvert. Nice echo in here. You are heading North and you have to go about 100 or 200 meeters up the wash untill there is redrock off to the right. There is a trail off to the right. If you can just get up on top you will find the trail. The real trail goes off to the left, climbs some god forsaken lava rocky crap and then drops back down in the wash about 100 meeters on up. Someone needs to find a better route and mark it good. If you just go up the wash and keep looking off to the right for the trail. The trail climbs up the ridge and goes up to the top of the sandstone outcropping you are seeing.

Similar Products Used: GEM Loop, Goosberry, La Verkin Twist, Little Creek Mesa,
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Fronk   [Feb 06, 2001]

Once you are on the North West side of I-15 the trail is obvious. Stay on the slick rock and head North. As you travel North you should have I-15 to your right. After a few miles the trail leaves the slick rock and continues North on dirt single track. This is where it gets fun. Big ring stuff for about six miles. You will ride all the way to the Red Cliffs Recreational Park. Once you get there I suggest turning around and riding backwards to the trail head. If it's hot take the road to Quail Lake and go for a swim. Follow the road back to old U.S. 91 and find your car. Anyone can ride this trail. Most of the hills are not steep. I stayed in the big ring on all but three or four climbs. The slick rock in fairly easy on the main trail.

Customer Service

Drive through Washington Ut. on old U.S. 91. Approx. a mile and a half after the Self storage lot you will come to the top of a rise. On your left you will see a dirt road with a cattle gaurd and a chain painted bright orange. Park here and ride the road north approx. one mile. Don't worry about the No Trespassing Sign, it's there for cars not bicycles. You will come to a fork in the road. Go left and down a steep jeep road. If you come to a water tank you went the wrong way. If you took the correct fork you should end up right under the freeway. Follow the trail from here into a drainage tube. You will come out on the North West side of I-15. The ride starts here.

Similar Products Used: Green Valley Loop, GEM, Twin Peaks, Red Hills Desert Reserve, Stucki Springs, Goose Berry, All of the NORBA race corses.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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Scott W. Frazier   [Sep 29, 2001]

This is a good trail. It is a fun mixture of slickrock and desert singletrack requiring intermediate skill, except for one very short, advanced downhill. (Well, it's downhill if you're riding the trail clockwise) The trail is about six miles long, but seems shorter because you're able to keep a pretty good speed through most of it. I'd recommend this trail to intermediate riders who've ridden the area's great rides (see "other trails") many times and need a short filler ride.

Customer Service

I was told by a local that there is a way to access this trail from the north. If anyone has details please provide. The usual south access, as described in previous reviews, has become a bit inconvenient due to the "no trespassing" posting.

Similar Products Used: Green Valley Loop, Stucki Springs, Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek Mesa (get a local guide), and JEM Loop (dangerous for novices and crazy teenagers)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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chromehead58   [Feb 28, 2002]

great warm up ride..lots of places to play on the slick rock, and the pictographs are awesome! we usually hit this ride early in the am before we take off on the longer rides...

Customer Service

we head out from the main road from washington...just as described in previous reviews...i would like to hear how you ge there from the north...the only part of the ride i dont like is that dirt road to the water towers.

Similar Products Used: gooseberry...best in utah, green valley loop, and red cliffs
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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