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What a great ride. Lots of breaks in the asphalt that are large and actually hurt. The way down was fast and the bumps were horrible. However, this is a great trail and I’ll continue riding it. It is beautiful.
I went to ride this trail on 9/23/17 and it was closed. :(
I started at Thunder Mountain Trailhead and worked my way east. It was a gradual uphill the entire ride all the way to end of the canyon. I thought the section of trail not inside the canyon was pretty meh but the rest of the canyon was pretty scenic and well maintained. I would recommend doing the 1st five miles only and then just turn around unless you just really have a hankering to ride a few extra miles of boring prairie.
I started this trail just outside Bryce Canyon National Park at Ruby's RV park and campground. You can catch the trail just across the street and head north to the intersection of Hwy 63 and N 100 E. You ride on the sidewalk for a bit, but then you can see the trail pick up again at this intersection, across the street. It goes north for a bit and then heads west at the Cowboy Ranch House and Bryce Canyon resort. For about a total of 8.5 miles the trail is flat or rolling hills. After that, for about 5 more miles it is downhill to Thunder Mountain trailhead. If you don't want to ride the 5 miles back uphill, stop at the Red Canyon trailhead. The 5 miles back from Thunder Mountain trailhead are certainly a challenge, but not too bad. The views are awesome, and the trail surface is really good - just a few bumps in places. As others have said, the trail continues from where I started, into Bryce Canyon National Park. I did not ride this section.
May 8 2017 We actually picked up the Red Canyon trail close to the end and rode it all the way in to Bryce Canyon NP. There is a short gap in front of Ruby's outside the park where you have to share the road. The shared multi-use path picks up at the shuttle bus parking lot and goes up through Dixie NF before entering the NP. Its a wonderful trail that winds past the Visitor Center, past the Lodge, Sunrise and Sunset viewpoints and ends at Inspiration Point. Its all nice smooth asphalt. There is a park sign on the trail to stop and take your picture. A few small hills that if you arent in good shape can make you huff and puff due to the 7700' elevation. The ride down is a joy with serpentine curves through the ponderosa pine. Lots of Utah prarie dogs scurrying across the path which are an endangered and protected species. Take a bike lock since bikes arent allowed on the Rim Trail.
Ran this trail recently.Absolutely beautiful!Found myself just gazing at the incredible beauty of Zion during the run.There is a steady uphill grade from the Visitor Center to Canyon Junction.The first quarter mile of trail from Visitor Center is a little bumpy.So be careful.After that the Trail is quite smooth all the way to Canyon Junction.
Started the nicely paved trail on the west end at Thunder Mountain TH. Made the climb up past the two tunnels and turned around at the small bridge. Thought we were getting close to the top but could see the trail continued to climb. The climb isn't difficult (unless not used to the elevation) but seems to be fairly steady. On return down the trail stopped at the Red Canyon Visitor Center. They have some nice interpretative signs showing a variety of trails in the area with an elevation graphic. The visitor center is only about 1/2 mile from western starting point. Might want to stop there first. Plus you can get your photo with Smokey Bear taken. As my title states, pretty hard to beat this scenery.
I began my ride sort of in the middle of the trail near the OHV parking lot for the Fremont trail, just across from Tom's Best Spring Road. I had read other reviews that said going from east to west would be best but I wanted to see how far east the trail went. Good news! It goes all the way in to Bryce Canyon City and into the park to Inspiration Point. I didn't ride all the way into the park as I had other plans for the day so turned around at Ruby's Inn and headed west. The trail rolls across the meadow with some fun hills to coast down and then you get your workout pedaling up the next rise.
Once back to where I started, the trail begins it's descent into Red Rock Canyon. Absolutely beautiful and what a great way to enjoy the scenery. I was really glad I was going in that direction, I only had my Tern folding bicycle with 7 gears and it would have been challenging to ride from west to east.
A must if you are in the area. If you are staying at one of the local hotels or campgrounds, take advantage of the trail and ride in to the park. Gives you an opportunity to see the pronghorn and mule deer in the forest that you might not see from the road. And you don't have to wait for a parking spot.
I have lived here in southern Utah for 6 years and this is the first time today that I rode the trail. Part of my reluctance was the fact that the trail ends basically "no where" and you then have to either turn around or get onto Hwy 12. Well, I was very surprised when I got to the end of the old trail and found an entirely new section continuing on! The sign saying "pavement ends" is still in place, but its obviously wrong. I continued on for another 3 miles until the intersection of Hwy 12 with Hwy 63 which takes you into Bryce Canyon NP. I could see that the path goes on, so my belief is that it continues onto the park! Very nice!
Challenging uphills going west to east but that becomes a screaming downhill going back.
We rode the trail from our hotel. It was a nice ride with really nice road conditions. Bike friendly town
We rode this trail in mid October 2015 on the way to Bryce Canyon. The scenery was amazing! The contrast between the Orange-Red rock formations and the BLUE sky was crazy-gorgeous! The trails were newly paved and perfect. The only issue we had were that the path was quite hilly in places. Between the grade and altitude (we came from east coast...Ha) we only rode about 12 miles round trip. We started at the west side and rode east....the return ride was easier. However, even though we could have had a longer ride if we had continued on toward Bryce, we did enjoy what was probably the most scenic portion of the trail!
Rode the Virgin River multi use trail from southern terminus off Man of War Lane north to causeway north of East Washington Street sports complex and back (19.4 miles). Trail is well maintained 10 to 14 foot wide black top that has a slight grade with two park facilities with bathrooms and water along the way with a number of additional parking areas to access the trail. The city is planting trees and watering them along the southern end of the trail which one day will enhance the shade and beauty of the experience.
Except for one 1/2 mile section that utilizes city streets all road crossing are underpasses that are well designed and not overly steep. There are two steep (8 to 10%), very short grades but most riders seemed to handle them with ease.
The 1/2 mile section has both sidewalks and addiquate shoulder width for all but the youngest of riders. The sidewalks can accommodate the children in a pinch.
The trail runs along the west side of the Virgin River for most of its length; nearly always in sight of the River. Views are very good with lots of vistas of red rock cliffs and the distant mountains.
The city seems to be working hard to maintain the trail by filling frost cracking with tar to keep the cracks as smooth as possible. There are one or two areas that have had a significant cracking but the repair work had been done and the ride quality did not suffer.
In my two days on the trail I saw walkers, bike riders of all kinds, roller bladders, skate boarders, runners pushing strollers, dog walkers, and a number of teenagers on scooters. Of all the rail to trail facilities I've ridden in five different states the users on this trail were the most attentive and courteous I have encountered. Especially for a holiday weekend in nice weather.
As with most rail to trail facilities too many parents and older riders forgo helmets. It is always disheartening to pass a family with the young children correctly in helmets with one or both parents without helmets. I can't help but wonder how the kids of these parents will survive if one or both parents suffer serious head injuries in a crash.
One the plus side I did not encounter anyone riding with their dog on a leash, something that endangers all trail users.
My final thought is if you are going to ride this trail in the summer take lots of extra water because there is little shade and ride early to avoid the heat.
The City of St. George has done a great job constructing this facility and is doing a great job with its upkeep. If you have a chance you should take the time to ride it.
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