Southwestern Utah Sunset Chasing in the Santa Clara River Reserve

Utah’s public lands are home to some of the most amazing sections of singletrack, especially in the St. George and Santa Clara area. After we rode the Zen trail and refueled on a camp-cooked lunch, we loaded up Josh’s pickup and made the trek to the Santa Clara River Reserve. This area is home to a number of trails, all of which can be connected in a big, backcountry loop. Using the MTB Project App, we figured we had enough daylight left to take on Barrell Roll, Precipice, Sidewinder and part of Suicidal Tendencies, a black diamond trail in the Reserve. Linking all these trails together presents a 12-mile ride with around 2,000′ of climbing. The trails are clearly marked and are heavily-trafficked by knowledgeable locals.

Parking at the Cove Wash Trailhead, we pedaled out into the brisk winter air towards the sun that was already setting behind scattered cloud cover.

  • Harry

    No Country For Old Men vibes

  • supr3mo

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  • Scorcho

    I saw your rigs while you were down here. I didn’t know it was you or I would have asked you to sign my water bottle. ; )

  • jtbadge

    How do those Onza tires compare to something like a Maxxis Ardent?

    I have the Panaracer Fat B Nimbles on my Log Lady, but think I might like something with a bit more bite. I had the Ardents on my 29er and they performed well.

    • The Onzas are way softer. I found the gum wall Ardents to be a little too rigid to run at lower pressures.

      • jtbadge

        Interesting. Comparable performance on a loose trail?

        • I would say so. The tread pattern is very similar.

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