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St. George, UT - St. George, UT (288 miles)
Adventure Cycling Association
From St. George heading clockwise, the Utah Cliffs Loop Bicycle Route goes north to Snow Canyon State Park and then heads for historic Pine Valley, nestled in a bucolic basin in the Pine Valley Mountains. From Cedar City you will climb through the Hurricane Cliffs escarpment, high onto the Markagunt Plateau of the Dixie National Forest. At Navajo Lake, still at high elevation, you begin an unforgettable downhill run that starts out alongside the North Fork of the Virgin River - really just a creek at first - and ultimately meet SR 9 just east of Zion National Park. From Rockville, a series of backroads lead to Hurricane and finally back to St. George. Elevations on the route range from 2,500' to 10,000' above sea level. Road surfaces on the Utah Cliffs Route are approximately fifty percent dirt and gravel roads and fifty percent paved roads.
As with all the maps, I treasure the information not just of the route, roads, trails, etc., but also the information about what to expect. I'm an older (65) fit rider so knowing what to expect -- weather, location and availability of campsites, road conditions, etc. is critical. I've broken enough bones, and hit the "not-enough-water" wall enough times to know that safety is critical. ACA maps provide all that and more.
Format affects usabilityRating:
A customer from Toronto, CANADA on 7/9/12
Perhaps simply an error on my part but this map is printed as separate panels on 8.5x11 paper - great for planning, less so for actually use while riding