Chasing Epic: Southern Utah Rides & Photo Essay

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Looking to escape to milder sunny riding this fall and winter?  Southern Utah is a fantastic choice.  The following is the first of hopefully many posts from our friend Steve Mokan of Chasing Epic Mountain Bike Adventures .

The St. George area of Utah is one of the most strikingly beautiful areas in the western US, and offers a huge array of mountain bike trails. From classics like Gooseberry Mesa to virtual unknown areas where you won’t see another soul for hours, the riding is both varied and incredible. We had a 4-day scheduled trip that turned out to be absolutely perfect: the combination of an amazing riding crew, perfect weather, empty trails, and a special surprise made for an unforgettable weekend!

A special surprise, you might ask? Well, it turns out the house we rented (in Hurricane) for the trip was next door to the Trek Factory crew, and housed the Redbull Rampage winner Brandon Semenuk and his teammate, 10th place finisher Tom Van Steenburgen. Always the social bunch, we got to hang out with them, check out their race-ready bikes, and talk shop for a while. Talk about a great experience!

DAY ONE: BARREL ROLL AND RIM RUNNER (13 MILES)

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DAY TWO: GOOSEBERRY MESA (15 MILES)

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DAY THREE: LITTLE CREEK MESA (12 MILES) AND THE JEM TRAIL (7 MILES)

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DAY FOUR: PROSPECTOR AND CHURCH ROCKS (10 MILES)

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