eBIKE DESTINATIONS TOUR | SEASON TWO
ST. GEORGE, UTAH
THE ADVENTURE HUB
If you caught our 2021 eMTB Shootout then you’ll likely recognize the endless scenery, chunky trails and beautiful colors of St. George, Utah’s desert trails. Two major reasons that we chose St. George as the location to test and ride the best eMTBs on the market a couple years back was the local acceptance of eBikes on trails and the ability to ride a very diverse offering of trails year-round. During that shootout our crew was focused on testing and filming all day every day, but we couldn’t help but notice all of the other fun offerings in the Greater Zion region. It was the perfect place to put on our list for Season 2 of the eBike Destinations Tour, and we couldn’t wait to have some mellower days in southwestern Utah.
ABOUT THE TOUR
Back for a second season, our eBike Destinations Tour seeks to give viewers insight to some eBike friendly locations that we think should make it on your road trip hit list. Whether you’re looking for the best eMTB trails we can find; a little weekend trip with the family; or an epic winter getaway with your crew, we hope these episodes will offer some well-rounded looks at some of the best eMTB trails and the communities around them.
For 2023 we were lucky enough to hook up with some amazing partners to keep the gas tank full, burritos in our bellies and the camera guy paid. Without their support, these types of projects wouldn’t be possible, so we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Pivot Cycles, Endura Clothing, ABUS helmets and bike locks and Maxxis Tires.
INTRODUCTION TO ST. GEORGE
Located in the southwestern part of Utah, not far from the Arizona border, St. George is quite accessible from several major cities. It’s 118 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada; 300 miles south of Salt Lake City; and 412 miles, or about six hours north of Phoenix, Arizona (another stop on our eMTB Destination tour). Originally settled as a cotton mission, the town was given the name “Dixie” in hopes the crop would thrive in the hot and sunny environment. Since then, St. George has seen major changes: most notably from 2000 to 2005 when it was ranked as the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States.
The Greater Zion area, as it’s known, has a thriving tourism draw that has no doubt lured many visitors to relocating there. Heck, if we had the money we’d even consider buying a winter Wolf Den to visit and ride during the cooler months. As if the numerous lakes, restaurants and beautiful red rocks in the heart of town weren’t enough, St. George has several state parks, the Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon in its pocket, giving seemingly endless spots to explore for days off the bike.
Geographically, the area sits in a geological transition zone, and this is part of why we like riding in St. George. This means it is an area where we can witness a convergence of biotic components that have different geographical origins in a spectacular way. The Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin converged in the violent uprising of rock all around St. George, leaving a multi-colored history that we’re lucky enough to ride bikes on.
As you could imagine, St. George is an arid desert, and is closer in weather to nearby Las Vegas than Salt Lake City or other mountainous regions of Utah. This makes it a great winter riding destination. Average highs from June to September are over 90 degrees whereas the winter months typically see highs in the mid to upper 50s.
Being that St. George saw some incredibly fast-paced growth, the offerings from lodging to food and entertainment are plentiful. We always stop at Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi restaurant, and love to treat ourselves to Nielsen’s Frozen Custard for a sweet treat when we’re in town. When it comes to lodging, the Advenire is our go-to suggestion if you’re not looking to pinch pennies. It’s a Signature Collection by Marriot property that is bike and pet-friendly and is very centrally located, offering a very comfortable stay. You can walk to a number of restaurants and local spots or enjoy the excellent on-site restaurant from the Advenire, and it’s only a short hop in your car to drive to many of the trailheads, which was something we really liked.