The small town of Hurricane, Utah is big on outdoor adventures ranging from biking to water sports to rock climbing and canyoneering. Located 20 minutes from Saint George, Hurricane calls Zion National Park its backyard. Featuring red rock glory marked by towering boulders, canyons and cliffs, Hurricane is ripe for adventure. It’s mountain biking scene is world renowned, with well known trails like Gooseberry Mesa and the J.E.M. trail just outside town. The town is the gateway to some epic destinations including the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, and Cedar City. It’s location in southern Utah makes it a great road trip destination from both Las Vegas (2 hours away) and Salt Lake City (4 hours away).
Enjoy a quiet, warm paddle on the calm waters of Quail Creek by kayak or SUP. Just 15 minutes from Zion National Park, the warm waters of Quail Creek is a great place to cool off after your ride or hike. Gunlock State Park’s reservoir is also an ideal year-round destination for paddling, with flat calm waters perfect for SUP. Or hop on a kayak for a tour around the lake!
When you are finished paddling, consider hitting the trails on a mountain bike. Miles and miles of singletrack catapulted Hurricane to one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world. Some incredible trails not to be missed include the J.E.M trail, the Gooseberry Mesa, Red Canyon’s Thunder Mountain Trail, Wire Mesa, and Little Creek Mountain trails. With more than 290 miles of biking trails to choose from, you’ll find everything from beginner trails for family adventures to technical double diamond runs to put your biking skills to the test.
Hurricane is a great destination for the off-season, since it’s warmer than other northern destinations and you can bike year round. For the best temperatures, visit from March to June, and September to November.
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