Southern Utah is a vast playground for outdoor enthusiasts. It has countless recreation opportunities for every experience level all within a short drive from Cedar City. What some might not know is that there are fifty miles of mountain biking trails on the mountain slopes east of Cedar City, so you don’t have to go far to have fun.
To help you get to know the area better we put together a list of top-10 mountain bike trails in southern Utah. From easy to difficult, short to long, and close to further away, this list contains a large variety of trails that can help you discover the diverse landscapes surrounding Southern Utah University.
Lichen It, Cedar City
Distance from SUU: 7 minutes
Length: 2.8 miles
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
The Trail: Lichen It is a beautiful dirt trail surrounded by Juniper trees. It’s perfect for beginners and has enough room for two-way traffic. The trail meanders back and forth across the face of the mountain as it climbs the west-facing slope. The trail is kept clear of rocks and dips and the rate of climb is consistently easy. Lichen It ends at an altitude of 6550 feet, 2.8 miles from the trailhead. Beginners should turn around and descend Lichen It back to the trailhead, but advanced-level bikers can continue straight ahead to join into the Lava Flow trail.
NOTE: Just 1/10 mile from the trailhead, Lava Flow joins on your right. Keep left on Lichen It. Lava Flow is a one-direction bikes-only flow trail. Do not enter from downhill.
Getting There: Head to S. Shurtz Canyon Dr, Cedar City. The trailhead begins there.