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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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There's no shortage of "Kodak moments" while out in Utah's wilderness! Anyone have any good ones to share? 📸🏞️🤳 ... See MoreSee Less

Theres no shortage of Kodak moments while out in Utahs wilderness! Anyone have any good ones to share? 📸🏞️🤳

Flowers n' friends out on the trail! 🌼💛

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Flowers n friends out on the trail! 🌼💛

📸: @mikhaelian

Whether with cherished lovers, steadfast friends, or chance encounters blossoming into lifelong adventure companions, love is always in the air on the Aquarius Trail! Happy Valentine's Day! 🚴‍♂️💕

📸: Mike Mikaelian
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Whether with cherished lovers, steadfast friends, or chance encounters blossoming into lifelong adventure companions, love is always in the air on the Aquarius Trail! Happy Valentines Day! 🚴‍♂️💕

📸: Mike Mikaelian

Snow angels at the huts for now! Counting down the days to hut season! ❄️👼 ... See MoreSee Less

Snow angels at the huts for now! Counting down the days to hut season! ❄️👼

There's not a more relieving sight after battling those last few miles of the day! 😮‍💨🚵‍♀️🛖

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Theres not a more relieving sight after battling those last few miles of the day! 😮‍💨🚵‍♀️🛖

📸: @theradavist
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