One major thing about me that many of you don’t know is. that marketing isn’t my entire life! Say what?! That’s right, you heard it here first – I have hobbies outside of digital marketing in St.George Utah! My number one pastime activity is. hiking, because hiking in St.George is so plentiful. With the big Ironman Championship in St.George Utah coming up, I thought I would compile a list of my 10 favorite hikes!

Of course, there are a ton of hiking trails in Zion, so today I am not going to highlight those. I want to really highlight trails in St.George that often get overlooked by travelers because of the sheer popularity of Zion National Park.

If you’re an Ironman athlete training for the big race in St. George, UT, you’ll need to know where the best hikes and bike trails are. These trails offer something for everyone, from beginner hikers to experienced athletes. So grab your water bottle and sunscreen and get ready to explore some of the most beautiful scenery that St.George Utah has to offer!

1. Snow Canyon Red Mountain Trail

Snow Canyon State Park is my favorite state or national park of all time, and that’s saying something. It’s where I come to meditate, soak in sun, think, hike, have fun, and all of the above. If you are in St.George for the Ironman Championship, you simply must take some time out of your trip to visit Snow Canyon State Park.

The views from the top of Red Mountain are incredible, and the trail itself is not too difficult. This is a great option if you’re looking for something more challenging, but still not too difficult, as there are a couple of options here. This one can be taken an entire 12 miles out and back, or you can simply head to the overlook, and back, for closer to 4 miles.

The trail itself can be quite rocky. From the dirt parking lot, there are two ways you can go – one to the north end and one to the south end. I personally prefer the southern end, it is much less rocky and way more scenic. However, this one is more often used for horses and can be tough to navigate, as there are no trail markers.

2. Owens Loop

This is a great option if you’re looking for something more scenic, quick, and less challenging. This short 2.7-mile loop is smack dab in the middle of town and offers incredible views of the city of St.George, Utah, as well as distant views of West Mountain Peak and Pine Valley Mountain as well as Zion National Park on a clear day.

This is perhaps the easiest trail to make my list, making it perfect for Ironman athletes and their families to taste the majestic views of Southern Utah.

3. Shinobe Kibe

This is a great choice for hikers who are looking for something more challenging but relatively short, as this out and back trail offers 1.4 miles of beautiful scenery in Washington, Utah. I choose this trail when I feel like I need a good ass beating – literally, it’s all thighs and butts my friends. If you’re an Ironman athlete, you have nothing to worry about, this could be a cakewalk ascent for you!

The Shinobe Kibe Trail begins with a gentle climb that quickly turns into a steady ascent up the mountain. The views from the top are definitely worth the hike and heavy breathing, as you can see for miles in every direction.

Church Rocks Trail

Chuck Rocks is probably the most popular bike trail between St.George Utah and Hurricane Utah. I personally hike it, but I see a ton of mountain bikers on this trail, and it genuinely astonishes me, because this is a roller coaster of a trail.

This 5-mile loop begins simple and straightforward, reaching a tunnel that takes you under the freeway and into a stunning wash full of petrified sandstone, juniper trees, and lava rock. The trail takes you on a rollercoaster ride over the sand dunes until you reach the turning point view of the actual Church Rocks formation with views of Pine Valley Mountain and Zion National Park at its back, and looping back down and around to the tunnel once again.

The Vortex

If you’re willing to take a scenic drive out to Gunlock Reservoir while you’re in town for the Ironman Championship, this is an absolute must-see. This moderate 2-mile trail is really more about the incredible formations and landscapes that we love here in Southern Utah. Mid-trail, you’ll find yourself hiking over vast petrified sand dunes, in a bowl-like formation of sand dunes all around you. The peak of this trail brings you to a massive vortex formation that’s quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Gila Trail

Guys, this is AN AMAZING TRAIL! And of course, because it’s me, this one runs along the outside of Snow Canyon State Park, with incredible views into the park, as well as its own little surprising formations and PETROGLYPHS! Yes, Petroglyphs! Your first run-in is called Newspaper Rock, an entire rock face of petroglyphs to admire – but please be respectful! You would think I wouldn’t need to say that, but you would be surprised how many people vandalize these ancient pieces of our history.

This trail can be as short or as long as you want. It eventually connects with Paradise Rim Trail, Turtle Wall, and Chuckwalla Trail. I typically take it about 4 miles and cut out onto the highway.

Gooseberry Mesa

The most popular biking trail in Southern Utah perhaps is Gooseberry Mesa, an 11-mile loop running from rim to rim of the mesa, with views of Pine Valley and Zion National Park. This mesa is absolutely stunning and a perfect way for an Ironman athlete to get in some practice before the championship.

Padre Canyon

Surprise surprise, another one that borders Snow Canyon State Park! This one begins at our beloved Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah. The trail begins moderately, taking you behind the theatre, and into a canyon just outside of Snow Canyon. From there it’s a steep uphill climb to the top. You can choose to make this a 3 mile out and back trail to the top, or choose to reach the peak and make your way back down the other side, into Snow Canyon itself, for another 2 miles.

Elephant Arch

Get ready to go barefoot, or have your shoes filled with pebbly sand, because the Elephant Arch Trail is nearly 4 miles of wash! But it’s worth it because reaching the end results in those famous Utah sandstone formations and arches.

Spring Creek Canyon

Halfway between St.George, Utah and Cedar City, Utah lies a hidden gem. a few canyons over from the infamous Kanarra Falls. Spring Creek Canyon is only a canyon away, but gets a lot less attention, although just as stunning, in my opinion. This 5-miler follows a beautiful creek through twists and turns, slot canyons, and towering canyon walls. It’s perfect for the whole Ironman family!

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I have been in Utah for 10 years now. For at least the first half of that time, I thought, “Man, I can’t wait to move, I hate Utah.” Now, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Utah is so underrated, and in my opinion, the best kept secret of the west. But it’s quickly becoming more and more well known. I mean, we’re even having an Ironman Championship in St.George Utah! That. is. wild! I am so excited to have the chance to share with you all my favorite 10 hikes, and. would like. to invite you to explore the rest of my website, in case you’re looking for what Copper Content actually offers – holistic digital marketing services in St.George, Utah!

Also. check out my personal blog and sister website Leah Roberts Writing for foodie-type of tips! I share all things vegan in St.George, including recipes and the best vegan restaurants from here to Springdale, Utah!

Thanks for visiting, and have an amazing race Ironman athletes!