If you’re a mountain bike enthusiast and haven’t visited Cedar City, Utah, you’re missing out on one of the best mountain biking destinations in the United States. Cedar City has a diverse range of trails that cater to every level, from beginners to experts, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and iconic rock formations.
Located in Southern Utah, Cedar City is known for its proximity to several national parks, including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. But beyond its scenic wonders, Cedar City is a hidden gem for mountain bikers. There are several trail systems in Cedar City, but the most popular ones are Three Peaks, Iron Hills, and Dark Hollow.
The Three Peaks Trail System is a must for beginner to intermediate riders. The trails are well-maintained and offer a mix of both technical and flowy sections. One of the most popular trails in this system is the Three Peaks Trail, a 9-mile loop with incredible views of Cedar City and the surrounding mountains. Twilight zone is another 5 star trail in the area worth exploring!
The Iron Hills Trail System is perfect for riders of all levels. The trails are well-marked and offer a mix of smooth, flowy sections and technical rock features that range in difficulty. The Iron Giant Trail is a beginner friendly introduction to riding in the area. More difficult classic trails include (listed in order of difficulty) Lava Flow, Boulder Dash, Black Ops, and Boneyard (most difficult trail in the Iron Hills Trail System).
Just 45 minutes outside Cedar City you can find the Dark Hollow Trail, which is best suited for intermediate to advanced riders who are looking for a challenge. The trail is technical, transitioning between flowing single track and rocky technical sections with plenty of steep descents. Located at high altitude, this is a great escape from the Southern Utah summer heat. Dark Hollow is best done as a shuttle, you can call Wild Mesa Mountain Bike Guides to book your shuttle!
There are a few other shuttles in the same area as Dark Hollow, these trails include C- Trail, Bunker Creek, and Blowhard. All of these trails surround Brianhead resort, where you can enjoy summer park riding accessible by ski lift. This area is the perfect place to avoid pedaling and have a gravity fueled day!
One of the best things about mountain biking in Cedar City is the scenery. The trails are all stunning, with views of the surrounding mountains and high-desert landscapes. The best time to visit Cedar City for mountain biking is in the spring, summer, and fall as the trails are under snow during winter. In addition to the great trails, Cedar City also has several bike shops for rentals, repairs, and gear. Wild Mesa, a female-owned guiding company based in nearby Hurricane, offers private guided trips, rentals, and shuttles for the Cedar City trails.
Cedar City is a rising destination for mountain bikers. With a wide range of trails, terrain, and remarkable views, Cedar City provides a unique and unforgettable mountain biking experience. So, grab your bike and head to Cedar City for a ride you won’t forget!