Bike riding is encouraged. It’s a great way to stay physically and mentally healthy in these uncertain times. And can be safely practiced using the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing.
A few things to remember:
- Keep your distance. Minimum of 6 feet, but go ahead and give a couple of bike lengths.
- When passing, make sure you do so in an area where you or the other riders can keep that distance.
- Ride solo or only with those who you live with.
- Ride where you are.
- Ride trails that are less popular to help everyone ride safely.
To that last one, here are a few suggestions of where you can get out for a killer ride and safely practice social distancing.
Turkey Farm Loop
The Turkey Farm Loop is a 50-mile gravel/pavement/singletrack loop around the Cottonwood Wilderness Area. It is less traveled and has plenty of open space to allow for safe passing. If you get out during the week, there is a great chance you won’t see anyone. It has the added bonus of having a ton of amazing views of the St. George area, Pine Valley Mountain and the Cottonwood Wilderness Area.
There are several different ways that this can be ridden, but here’s our favorite.
Broken Mesa is a ripper of a trail. It was one of Washington County’s favorites when it was first constructed but fell out of use over the last decade. The DMBTA put in a crazy amount of time rehabbing this trail last year and their efforts resulted in a fun, albeit, highly technical trail. Due to its remoteness and difficulty, it is a great way to get in a good ride without running into a bunch of people.
City Creek is across the road from Paradise, but sees a fraction of the traffic. It can be accessed via the T-Bone, Dixie Rock Trailheads or via a stepover just above the police shooting range on Red Hills Parkway. It doesn’t see as much traffic because it’s a bit harder, but it offers up amazing views of Pine Valley Mountain and the St. George Valley. You’ll enjoy the downhills with their chunky sandstone obstacles and most likely struggle on the steep ups, but it’ll be worth it. In only a few miles you will get a great workout.
We prefer to add a bit of mileage and start from downtown.
This might seem a bit vague because it’s meant to be. Washington County has hundreds of miles of gravel roads. Add on what we call No’Zona and you have another hundred at least. There are almost countless areas to explore and ride.
A great place to start is River Road. Go under the Southern Parkway and head out into the desert. If you go far enough you will hit the Grand Canyon. This road is a great jumping off spot to find your way into countless other areas that offer amazing views and, most importantly, solitude.
We know there are lots of other less traveled trails in our area. Help everyone out and let us know about your favorite in the comments.