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Originally posted in Rave: 25 Best Mountain Biking Trails in America

13) Aquarius Trail Hut System – St. George, UT

(The Aquarius Trail Hut System was featured on this epic list! The full article is linked above)

Bike trail in Dixie National Forest

For a luxury “bikepacking” experience, we recommend the new Aquarius Trail Hut System near St. George, UT

This 190-mile route through Utah’s scenic backcountry, sometimes called the “color country,” spans Brian Head at more than 11,000 feet, and towns like Escalante at about 5,800 feet. 

There are other well-known landmarks along the way, including Powell Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Dixie National Forest, among many others. 

Both self-guided and guided tours are available for a fee, and riders can stay in huts made from repurposed shipping containers with amenities like showers, solar power for charging electronic devices, fully stocked kitchens, and bicycle repair tools and stands. 

Adam York is experienced with the trail system and helps publicize the area. “Riders enjoy single-track, challenging jeep tracks, dirt roads, hidden lakes, and spectacular vistas,” he says. 

“On the tour, guests ride to Brian Head Peak, down Proctor Canyon, and into the quaint little town of Hatch,” he continues, before meandering past the Tropic Reservoir and into Red Canyon, home of the infamous Thunder Mountain Trail and the Red Canyon Bike Path. 

“The route explores all the Dixie National Forest has to offer,” York says, “including a big climb up to the scenic Powell Point where John Wesley Powell surveyed Southern Utah. “Days average between 35 to 40 miles of riding and 3,500 feet of elevation gain,” he adds.  

Or instead, simply “stop in at one of the bike shops in town to get helpful tips and insider information,” Tucker recommends. 

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It’s a great place to hide for really old animals! 😁

All of my missing single gloves!

Snow up at the huts is a thing of the past but it sure does look pretty!! June 1st is opening day and we're more than ready to soak up some Utah sunshine! 🥳☀️ ... See MoreSee Less

Snow up at the huts is a thing of the past but it sure does look pretty!! June 1st is opening day and were more than ready to soak up some Utah sunshine! 🥳☀️

Here's a look into what Pine Lake hut looked like when it was near completion! Lookin' mighty fine beside the Aquarius Trail trailer if we do say so ourselves 😉

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Heres a look into what Pine Lake hut looked like when it was near completion! Lookin mighty fine beside the Aquarius Trail trailer if we do say so ourselves 😉

📸: Emily Burke

OPENING DAY HAS BEEN DECIDED! June 1st is going to be the official start of the season. The snowmelt looks promising so we are setting the date. Early fall has been filling up fast but there are plenty of summer bookings still available. If you have any questions, just let us know! 🤙 ... See MoreSee Less

OPENING DAY HAS BEEN DECIDED! June 1st is going to be the official start of the season. The snowmelt looks promising so we are setting the date. Early fall has been filling up fast but there are plenty of summer bookings still available. If you have any questions, just let us know! 🤙

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Did this last year and loved it!

Cloudy skies are some of our favorites to ride under! What about you, do you prefer blue skies and sunshine, or a little fluff and shade up above? ☀️☁️🤔

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Cloudy skies are some of our favorites to ride under! What about you, do you prefer blue skies and sunshine, or a little fluff and shade up above? ☀️☁️🤔

📸: Renee Callaway
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