By Stephanie Pearson | Published in Outside May 30, 2023 It took 20 years of planning to open the new 190-mile Aquarius Trail bikepacking hut
The Greatest Bicycle Adventure in the American West.
From the seat of your bike you will experience Brian Head Peak, at a towering 11,306 ft., down Proctor Canyon into quaint little town of Hatch. Meander past the Tropic Reservoir and ride on into Red Canyon, home of the infamous Thunder Mountain Trail and the Red Canyon Bike Path.
Bikepacking at its Finest
Complete with body rinse stations, solar power for charging electronic devices, fully-stocked kitchens with a refrigerator and freezer, lighting, hammocks, large decks, Forest Service-approved pit toilet bathrooms, bicycle repair tools and stands, playing cards, fire pit, cozy sleeping arrangements, and more, the Aquarius Trail Hut System provides a unique bikepacking experience like no other.
Rest & Recovery
Forest Service-approved pit toilet bathrooms and body rinse stations are available at each hut. On the surrounding deck you will find sections of turf to spread out on, lazy chairs, and space to hang the two supplied hammocks. Additionally, there is a propane fire pit to roast marshmallows or just hang out and tell stories of the day’s adventure.
Delicious Meals, Backcountry StyleThe Aquarius Trail Hut System is designed off grid with solar PV electricity, which provides enough to power a full-size refrigerator and freezer equipped with everything you need to make delicious meals. You can even include a refreshing beer or seltzer package for a small fee.
Tuned Up and Ready to RideEach unit and the kitchen have electronic charging outlets to charge phones and small electronics. The storage area has a generator (to charge ebikes), bike stands, and tools for basic maintenance on your bike. Bring your electric mountain bike (e-bike). Charging stations are available at each hut.
In the News
When the Aquarius Hut Trail Network was announced last year, our exploratory interests were piqued. Home to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, southern Utah has become one of our favorite destinations.