Distance: 15.7 km (loop)
Time: 2- 3 hrs
Elevation Gain: 220 m
Elevation Loss: 220 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No
The Church Rocks and Prospector Trail Loop is a fun intermediate ride located close to St. George. A great afternoon ride or a warm up to help you find your legs if you’re visiting the area to do some mountain biking.
The loop begins on Prospector, a fun and smooth singletrack ride with little elevation gain. You’ll find it fast, very smooth and a little bit like riding a roller coaster. Once on Church Rocks, expect the trail to be mostly slick rock with a couple of technical sections to test your skills. The whole loop is well marked and route finding should be straight forward.
This is a great loop if you’re looking for something moderate and easy to ride before hitting up more advanced trails in the area. Also, a good option after it down pours as it tends to dry real quick.
TRAILHEAD | N37 11.200 W113 25.377
Take Hwy 9 east to Hurricane and exit on to 6300 W (sign states Old Hwy 91). Follow 6300 W/Old Hwy 91 till you reach the Winkel Distributing Co. warehouse on your left. Right next to Winkle (right-hand-side) is a small dirt road that takes you to the Cottonwood Trailhead parking lot (sign marks the turn off). From there begin your ride up the trail to the Prospector Trail junction. Take the Prospector Trail southwest to Church Rocks Trail looping back to Prospector.
N37 11.050 W113 24.896 (Parking)
N37 11.200 W113 25.377 (Prospector Jct.)
bikepirate rating: 3 Skulls
Prospector can get quite sandy during the summer months. To avoid the loose and sandy Prospector trail, one can park at the Coral Canyon development; riding their bike paths to the Church Rocks Trail.
Prospector Trail is 9.4 km one-way and can be ridden as an out and back.