Pronounced “Her-ah-kun” by the locals, this trail system sits at the edge of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. Grand mesas, vertical rock formations, and deep canyons combine with extinct volcanoes and vast rolling arroyos, bringing together a taste of all that southwest Utah’s Color Country has to offer. The Hurricane Cliffs Trail Network strings together a 21-mile loop, formed by four segments: the Hurricane Rim, JEM, Gould and Gould Rim trails.
The network was initiated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in partnership with the Hurricane Valley Heritage Foundation, to showcase the history and landscape of the Hurricane valley. The system was professionally designed by BLM Trail Landscape Architect Cimarron Chacon using IMBA standards, and constructed by local cycling volunteers from IMBA-affiliated Color Country Cycling Club and Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association, along with Americorps teams and many members of the local community.
Suggested Route: Starting from the main trailhead on Highway 59, just outside of town, you’ll face a steep climb up Hurricane Hill to reach Gould’s Rim trail. Traversing horizontal rock slabs of sandstone and granite, the trail becomes increasingly technical along the rim, requiring riders to traverse ledges and rock outcroppings, before dropping back to the highway and the JEM trail. A 5-mile flow fest ensues, weaving through the sage as it descends to the Hurricane Rim Trail. Watch out for three pucker-inducing drops early before settling into a 4-mile long cruise. Keep an eye out for the sign leading to the Hurricane Rim Trail, which takes you 7.5 miles back to the trailhead.
Nearest town: Hurricane, Utah
Trailhead lat/long: 37.172765, -113.268356
Driving directions: The primary trailhead is located on Hurricane Hill on SR 59
Length of route: 21 miles
Ride time: About 2.5 hours
IMBA-affiliated clubs: Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association
IMBA-affiliated bike shops and businesses: Over the Edge Sports